Friday, September 23, 2011


Scampi sounds Italian, and it is; it’s the plural of scampo, a type of Adriatic lobster-like shellfish.   
For generations, Italians have enjoyed the simple classic: gamberi alla casalinga (home-style shrimp), which is a straightforward combination of shrimp sautéed in olive oil with garlic, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice. Scampo was also prepared this way.
In North America, scampi refers to an Italian-American cooking technique for shrimp, using the gamberi alla casalinga concept plus butter and white wine.  Known as Shrimp Scampi, it is one sweet dish.

Shrimp Scampi                                            Serves 6

1 lb (450Gms) Linguini plus salt for boiling
1 1/2 Lbs (750G) large shrimp, shelled and deveined
Salt & black pepper
4 Tbs butter
½ tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
½ cup dry white wine
Juice of 1/2 lemon
4 Tbs flat-leaf  parsley, finely chopped
1 Tbs grated lemon zest
Pinch of red pepper flakes


  • Bring a big pot of water to boiling
  • Add salt, the linguine and stir thoroughly
  • Boil the linguine as package directs till al dente (slightly firm)
  • Season the shrimp with salt and pepper

  • Heat a large skillet hot, then add the oil and butter
  • As the butter melts, add the shrimp evenly distributed
  • Leave untouched for a minute
  • Add the garlic and cook it one minute, watch that it doesn’t burn

  • Turn the shrimp and cook them for two more minutes, adjust the flame if necessary
  • Transfer the now pink shrimp to a bowl

  • Put the skillet back on the flame and add the wine and lemon juice

  • Boil the liquid 2 minutes to reduce the sauce
  • Scrape the bottom to loosen any browned bits
  • Stir in the parsley and the lemon zest
  • Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly

  • When the linguine is finished cooking, drain it
  • Dish out the linguine
  • Divide the Scampi over the linguine, toss to combine and serve

If you choose to, you could accompany this luscious Scampi with a salad and crusty bread; which would be good to mop up the sauce.

You don’t have to rent a villa overlooking the Adriatic to enjoy this sensational shrimp preparation, make it soon and enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

My husband would love this. And back when I ate seafood, I would've, too.

My Journey With Candida said...

I have never made Shrimp Scampi. I really should because my Hubs likes it too.

It looks easy enough to make..

Manzanita said...

Anthony, I didn't know Scampo was the shellfish. I should have because Italian was my language in college and at one time I thought I could speak it. In reality, I probably sounded like Luigi Basko, the little immigrant. Our Italian teacher was so neat. She taught us how to make some great Italian dishes. Taught us to bake that wonderful bread too. Haven't done that in years. Good post.

Kalyani's Platter said...

looks delicious and wonderful clicks .......

Joanne said...

I love shrimp scampi and if I could I would eat it till I burst!
Blessings, JOanne

Leovi said...

A recipe like this I've tried (but no butter and plenty of olive oil) and is very good.

anthony stemke said...

L. DIANE: It is delicious, the aroma may make you change your mind.

MY JOURNEY: That said, give it a go.

MANZANITA: That's great. I make pizza frequently and sometimes make baguettes by taking the risen pizza dough, re-kneading it, forming to loaves and rising again. Makes great bread, which is nice for wiping the empty plate.

KALYANI'S PLATTER: It is simply delicious.

JOANNE: Please enjoy responsibly.

LEOVI: It's healthier without the butter but I love the flavour. It can be omitted for all olive oil.

Kalyan said...

Thats a lovely looking dish...the shrimp surely will make the taste interesting.

Vardhini said...

Linguini looks yummy. We make it with tons of veggies of course :)

Zesty Palette

anthony stemke said...

KALYAN: Yes it looks nice on a plate and the classix taste is sublime.
Thank You.

VARDHINI: Linguini makes me smile. And of course the shrimp can be omitted for a wide variety of vegetable substitutions; the alla casalinga concept will make them too a tasteful delight.

Uma said...

Shrimp with linguini looks tasty. My husband is big fan of shrimp and me for linguini. This combo will workout perfect for both of us. :-)


anthony stemke said...

UMA: This is great, I feel Like I killed two birds with one stone here. cm
Thank You.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking linguini
I will look for that book here at Chapters and the library hope they carry it
I just saw the books in Kathy's site lovely resourceful books

Joanna said...

Oh my! I can't wait to try this simple dish. Essence of Italy? Perhaps. We brought back a package of hot spice for pasta from our trip to Italy in June. It's just the thing for this dish, I think. Thanks for your visit to my blog.

Dr.Sameena Prathap said...

wow..looks sooo yumm and inviting...:)


Samantha Vérant said...

One of my favorite recipes!***Licks the screen***

anthony stemke said...

TORVIEW: Thank You Akheela, you are most kind. The books won't be in libraries until people request them.
I enjoyed your article on organic dairy farming.
Thank You.

JOANNA: Those spices would be great provided everyone at the table likes them. Either way you are bound to enjoy this dish.

DR SAMEENA PRATHAP: Hello. By your comment I see you have very good taste.
Thank You.

SAMANTHA: This dish is fairly straightforward, give it a go and just get some Windex for the screen.
And stop hating the bathroom light. hokay? cm

Kitchen Belleicious said...

I just love shrimp pasta but scampi is my favorite because it has so much flavor without being too heavy! great dish

anthony stemke said...

KITCHEN BELLEICIOUS: You're right. Although delicious linguine is a part of this dish, it is so tasty I like crusty bread to wipe the plate clean.
Thank You.

Malli said...

Simply delicious recipe. I love the beautiful subtle colors on the shrimp scampi and the pasta.Well done!!

anthony stemke said...

MALLI: Thank You, this does have great eye appeal as well as mouthwatering taste.

kitchenmorph said...

I think fish, garlic and lemon is one of the most delectable honest coming together...and this is much would've enjoyed this meal so much! and imagine having the freshest batch of shrimps!

anthony stemke said...

KITCHENMORPH: You are right, this recipe is clean with a classic taste.

I'm a six hour drive from the ocean and the gulf so freshest shrimp is hard to get unless fresh-frozen.

Thank You for calling and WELCOME BACK!

Natural One said...

One of my favorites

M Pax said...

Yum. Such a tasty dish and a great recipe for it.

anthony stemke said...

Thank You, we love it too.

Thank You for those kind words.

kathy stemke said...

Thank you for all your encouragement with my book, Trouble on Earth Day.

My husband rocks! And yes, he makes the most delicious dishes. The scale is my evidence.

God bless,

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