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If you look up the definition of scampi, you will find that they are lobster-like crustaceans with pale pink shells. When thinking of the shrimp scampi dish, this may cause some confusion as scampi are not used in the dish at all.

It turns out that Italian cooks in the United States swapped scampi with fish and kept both names.

Now that we have a better understanding of the dish’s origins, let’s take a closer look at the meal and how you can make it in your home.

Easy Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi refers to the preparation of the shrimp itself, but it so often served with pasta that it goes without saying that, when ordering this in restaurants, you will be getting the pasta and fish classic.

Although several variations can be made on the shrimp scampi dish, the recipe we offer here is one that is easy to follow and prepare.

Start by boiling the pasta, then add shrimp until cooked. Drain over pea pods and put the mixture in a serving bowl.

Add onions, vinaigrette, and pepper. Toss lightly and sprinkle with feta cheese.

This is an easy way to make a healthy dish for your family. The shrimp is rich in vitamins and minerals and its high content of omega fatty acids and antioxidants makes it beneficial for heart and brain health.

Edible pea pods deliver key nutrients making them beneficial for heart health, the digestive system and the metabolism of fats and blood sugars.

The fiber in onions promotes good digestion and their phytochemicals scavenge free radicals reducing your risk of developing gastric ulcers. Onions are also rich in chromium that helps regulate blood sugar.

Feta cheese is lower in fat and calories than other types of cheeses. It contains phosphorus, calcium and B vitamins that are beneficial to health.

The flavorings this dish provides make it one that is in-line with Mediterranean diets which are known for being low fat and heart-healthy.

Shrimp Scampi Sauce

There are many variations on the shrimp scampi recipe and a good way to make recipes unique is by using different types of sauces. Here are the different sauces you can use to make your shrimp scampi stand out.

Easy Scampi Sauce for Shrimp: This sauce uses a combination of butter, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, and tabasco sauce. The ingredients are combined, heated on the stove and poured on shrimp to provide a delicious flavor.

Lemon and Wine Sauce: Many scampi sauces are made with wine. This sauce is made with white wine and lemon juice that is prepared in the same skillet the other ingredients were prepared in. This is the perfect way to add to the flavor. Melt in butter and olive oil to give the sauce a great taste and consistency.

Creamy Shrimp Scampi Sauce: You can also make your shrimp scampi sauce creamy. The creamy sauce can be the perfect complement for a scampi dish that includes shallots. While cooking the shallots, add wine, chicken broth, and lemon juice. Simmer, then add cream for a rich taste that is sure to elevate your scampi dish.

If you are looking to thicken your scampi sauce without making it creamy, add corn starch or flour to give it the consistency you are looking for.

Shrimp scampi is a classic dish your entire family will enjoy. It can be healthy and light or rich and decadent . Think of your family’s tastes to decide on how you will be preparing this dish for tonight’s dinner. 

If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check out our Shrimp and Feta Scampi and our Baked Mozzarella Fish.

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Shrimp and Feta Scampi Recipe


  • Author: Moms Who Think
  • Total Time: 14 minutes

Description

Shrimp scampi refers to the preparation of the shrimp itself, but it so often served with pasta that it goes without saying that, when ordering this in restaurants, you will be getting the pasta and fish classic.


Ingredients

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  • 1 (8 ounces) package spaghetti
  • pounds peeled and deveined Shrimp
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen snow peas or fresh sugar snap peas
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • ⅓ cup reduced-fat olive oil vinaigrette
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add pasta, and cook, uncovered, 9 minutes.
  2. Add shrimp; cook, uncovered, 3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink.
  3. Place pea pods in a colander. Drain pasta and shrimp over pea pods.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large serving bowl.
  5. Add onions, vinaigrette, and pepper; toss lightly. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese.
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 Minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: easy shrimp scampi, shrimp scampi sauce