Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi has always been a favorite meal of mine to order out at restaurants, after making this at home, I know it will be a reoccurrence. This meal was ready in under 20 minutes and on the table, making this a perfect weeknight meal.

Lemon, pepper, garlic, and butter are the soul mates of shrimp, I am sure of it. It is a perfect match and is just pure bliss. The angel hair pasta cooks in just 5 minutes after water has boiled and the shrimp only need to cook one minute on each side. This really could not be any easier. It was ready faster than you could drive to pick something up and was a million times better. This recipe serves 4 people, but you can easily cut it in half to serve 2. To make this a complete meal, I recommend serving a side salad and white wine.
Source: Cooking Light Magazine, Nov. 2012, Submitted by: David Bonom, March 2009

4 oz. of Angel Hair Pasta
2 tablespoons of Fresh Parsley, chopped
3/4 teaspoons of Salt, divided
4 tablespoons of Butter, + 2 teaspoons, divided
1.5 pounds of Jumbo Shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 teaspoons of Garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
1/4 teaspoon of Black Pepper, freshly ground

First, cook your pasta according to the package. Drain. Stir in the chopped parsley and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Set aside.

While your pasta is cooking, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large non-stick skillet. Sprinkle all of the shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and add half of the shrimp to the pan. Cook for one minute on each side, or until almost cooked. Remove shrimp to a plate. Add 2 teaspoons of butter to the hot pan and cook the other half of the shrimp the same way. Transfer the shrimp to the plate with the other shrimp.

Now, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan. Add the garlic, stir continuously for about 30 seconds, until the garlic is barely golden. Add the shrimp, lemon juice, and pepper to the pan, cook for 1 minute or until the shrimp are completely done.

Serve over angel hair pasta, eat immediately.


Happy Cooking,
The Barbee Housewife

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