Homemade shrimp scampi delights the taste buds

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Baked Shrimp Scampi (TMP Photo/A. McKinney)

I think my husband had more jobs as a teenager and young adult than anyone I know.

During that time, he worked for several restaurants, including working as a server at Red Lobster.

This is where his love of shrimp scampi began.

He has been talking about that shrimp scampi for years, so I finally decided to come up with my own healthier version of the dish.

It is such an easy recipe to make, and I’m not sure why I didn't come up with it sooner.

This will literally take you about 10 minutes to prep before putting it in the oven. So, it is perfect for a busy weeknight, but it’s also beautiful to serve at a party as well.

I prefer to buy shrimp that is wild caught and frozen. At most grocery stores, the frozen fish is much fresher than what is thawed out in the display seafood counter.

Usually, the frozen seafood has been flash-frozen soon after being caught, which ensures a fresher product.

To thaw out frozen shrimp in a hurry, just place it in a colander and run cold water over it until thawed. It should only take about 15 or 20 minutes.

My husband gave this one the thumbs up, and it’s not even swimming in butter like the shrimp scampi of his younger days.  

For more recipes and to watch how-to videos, visit www.AprilMcKinney.com.

Baked Shrimp Scampi

From start to finish: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

1.5 pounds large, raw shrimp
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 minced shallot
2 minced garlic cloves
1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
2-3 tablespoon white wine
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup feta cheese (optional)


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the butter in a dish with the garlic and shallots and microwave for 1 minute. Add the oil and set aside. Place the shrimp in a baking dish, and toss with the butter mixture. Add the lemon juice, wine, salt and pepper to the shrimp and toss to coat. Crumble the feta cheese evenly on the shrimp, and bake for 10 minutes.

Serve over quinoa, brown rice, or spaghetti. Be sure to pour the cooking juices over the grains or pasta for extra flavor. Serve immediately.

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