Saturday, May 5, 2012

Easy to Make Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi
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Peppers, onions and garlic
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Frozen Raw Shrimp, split and deveined
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We all love shrimp in our house! This is an easy way to make shrimp scampi that the whole family enjoys.  I never buy the scampi sauce from the store, I always throw something together.

To me scampi means garlic, oil and butter.  Those are the main ingredients and from there we add on.  As long as I have the main ingredients, I am good.  I always add vegetables to mine too.

I use frozen raw shrimp to make it.  I prefer to cook with raw shrimp, it keeps it moist and tender.  Already cooked shrimp can get a little tougher if you use it in a hot meal.  It can be used, you just have to be careful not to overcook it while warming it up.

This is the raw shrimp with the shells on (little more of a pain, but it was on sale) but it was de-veined and split.  It is easy to get it peeled and de-veined, but any raw shrimp will do.  Just make sure to peel it before cooking.  We use half of the peppers and onion, but we use these a lot so the other half gets put into another meal.

What you will need:


1 pound shrimp preferably raw

Green pepper - about half of the pepper chopped

Yellow pepper - about half chopped

Orange or red pepper - about half chopped

about half an onion chopped

4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons oil

4-5 cloves of garlic or equivalent if using garlic powder.

Other spices you may want to add, we don't add salt as we are on a lower sodium diet and the butter already has enough salt.  Often I add pepper and Italian spices.

Start out with peppers, onions, garlic, butter and oil in a frying pan.  Don't add the shrimp until the onion starts to soften and the garlic starts to flavor the butter and oil mix.  Add any spices you are looking to add.

As soon as the onions start to get soft, add the shrimp.  This should only need to cook a couple minutes with the shrimp in it.  Cook until the shrimp turns pink, don't overcook it.  Once it is completely pink, it is done.  You are now ready to enjoy your shrimp scampi!

I often make rice or noodles to put it on top of.  I also make another variety of shrimp usually when I make shrimp scampi too.  We make it a shrimp kind of night :)







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