I have a passionate love affair with shrimp!
My love of shrimp started at a very young age. My grandparents would take me out for dinner on my birthday when I was a young girl. Every year I picked the same place and had the same dish…without fail.
The place? Anthony’s Fish Grotto in San Diego, California.
We always went to their La Mesa location. It was closer to my childhood home. It was awesome because it was like walking into a huge shell! (Well when you’re 8 it is cool!) I always ordered the giant fried prawns with fries. They were incredible!
I love Anthony’s and was so sad to hear their original location, after 70 years, was forced to shut down by the Port of San Diego. Such a pretty location out over the ocean.
So as you can see…I’ve had a long-standing relationship with Shrimp. My first true seafood love!
Thankfully my husband’s love affair with Shrimp actually surpasses mine! (I know…it’s hard to believe!) So being the shrimp “geeks” we are, this Shrimp Scampi was a huge hit! It’s a new favorite at this Nest!
I don’t know how you can go wrong with plump juicy shrimp drowning in a pan full of garlic wine “butta”!!! (I know it’s a dream of mine! lol)
What I love the most about this dish…besides the Shrimp…is that you have an elegant dish in a matter of minutes with a minimum amount of ingredients and work. Score!!!
To make this dish, start out filling a pot with water and bringing it to a boil so that you can cook the Linguine. Once boiling… add your pasta and cook until al dente. Try not to over cook it. You want al dente so it can soak up all the buttery goodness of this sauce.
Speaking of the sauce…
Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, to your taste. In a large skillet heat the olive oil. Add all those beautiful plump raw shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes. Then set aside on a plate.
Tip: Please do not over cook the shrimp. They didn’t do anything to you. You don’t want tough and rubbery shrimp.
I will be forced to make you to wear a T-shirt that say’s “I massacred Shrimp”. (Don’t make me go there!)
In the heated skillet add the garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in white wine and lemon juice. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer until reduced by half. It will take about 4-5 minutes.
Stir in your spices. Basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. (I feel a song coming on…) Allow that to simmer for another minute.
It’s time for the BUTTER!!! Add the butter 2 Tablespoons at a time, until melted and smooth. (Oh… it’s smooth! Those shrimp are gonna be sliding all over the place like little greased
pigs sea urchins!)
Do you notice the difference in the two pictures? After the butter is added you have a lovely rich buttery wine sauce. It’s so delicious!
Time to let those shrimp go swimming! Stir the shrimp into the delicious buttery lemon garlic sauce. Add the chopped parsley and any additional salt and pepper to taste.
Stir that all together… (Yes I’m posting this picture again! I am a shrimp geek!)
Add your al dente linguine and gently toss.
Top with grated Parmesan cheese. I may have gone a tad heavy on the cheese…I didn’t want the Shrimp to get cold! 😉 (Note to self…do not blog at lunch time!)
There you have it. The perfect Shrimp Scampi with Linguine! As good as you’ll get at Olive Garden or any fine Italian restaurant! Even better than my beloved Anthony’s! I promise.
Serve this dish with thick slices of garlic bread and a big beautiful tossed green salad. It is absolutely mouth-watering good! Worth every single fat gram!
This dish was SO good that Mars and I were actually fighting over the left overs the next day for lunch! We decided to compromise and share. (pout) It was just as good the next day. Such a great seafood dish.
I hope if you’re a shrimp lover you’ll give this dish a try. It won’t disappoint. If you close your eyes while eating each delicious fork full you’ll think you’re in Italy!
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Mangia! From my Nest to Yours!