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Can I Make "Baked Shrimp Scampi"?



I made this "Baked Shrimp Scampi" after seeing an Easy Food Recipes YouTube video, but I couldn't find the video to link it here. I like to eat shrimp because they are high in protein, low cal and cook fast; see my other post for ideas on how to cook shrimp. This looked like an easy tasty recipe.


https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/shrimp-high-protein-super-fast-option-for-everyday-meals


Anyways, here is what I did.


Sunday, November 24, 2019, Attempt #1:


Scampi is actually a type of edible lobster -- and notably not a shrimp. Interestingly, in the U.K., the term "scampi" is legally defined as a term to refer to the specific species of crustacean: Nephrops norvegicus .


In the U.S., we use the term the "scampi" to indicate cooking shrimp or other seafood (e.g. Lobster scampi or Scallops scampi) or possibly chicken in an Italian-style with garlic butter, dry white wine & parmesan. From the Wikipedia article, Lidia Bastianich is quoted: "In the United States, shrimps are available, not scampi, so the early immigrants prepared the shrimp they found in the scampi style they remembered."


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scampi


In this recipe, the shrimp are also breaded. I used Panko bread crumbs for the light exterior. They use white wine; I didn't have any white wine around. Instead of white wine, I just added some more lemon juice for a little more acid. I like to cut back on butter and cream or use substitutes if I don't think it will impact the taste too much. That's what I did here. I used less butter than recommended.

What I used:

- Shrimp

- Butter (1 or 2 tablespoons)

- Panko bread crumbs

- Parmesan cheese

- Olive oil

- Lemon Juice

- Salt & Pepper



Equipment: Oven, Oven-safe tray (I used the one from my toaster oven, haha), foil, bowl/plate



It is really easy and the way I did it there is very little mess.


First, I preheat oven to 350 degrees. Then, I just put some foil on the tray and spread chunks of butter evenly around as seen in the picture above.



Then, in the bowl, I mixed the panko bread crumbs, parmesan, a little olive oil and salt and pepper all together. I probably did 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Panko bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons (or 1/8 cup) of parmesan, ~1 teaspoon of olive oil and then salt & pepper. I didn't measure too closely.








Then, you just cover the shrimp with the breading, squirt some lemon juice and pop it in the oven for 12-15 min.




RESULT: Success! :)


We are good at this! How good does that look? I may have left them in the oven a little too long and they got a tiny bit charred, but they still tasted really good. I had only used about half of the shrimp in the package to make the first batch, but they were so good that I immediately made a second batch of shrimp to eat over the next couple days. The second batch turned out pretty much perfect golden brown crust. Both pictures are below.


I ate it with some angel hair pasta with a little parmesan, olive oil and salt & pepper. Yum!


Though we tend to think of seafood as expensive when we are shopping in the grocery store, this is definitely cheaper and a bigger portion than ordering seafood in a restaurant. The whole pack of shrimp only cost me ~$9 and so this recipe cost about $4 or $5. I also only ate 1/3 or 1/2 of this batch, so it really only cost $2 or $3 total.


The whole tray (which has 18 shrimp!) has about ~485 calories and I only ate 1/3 or 1/2 as part of my dinner. Not too bad, especially for yummy breaded food. :)


You only use one bowl and I put foil over the tray; very little mess. You could eat out of the bowl you made the breading in also; the raw shrimp weren't in there. So that would be even less mess.


All in all, it took about 20-25 min. It just depends how big your shrimp are. If you have smaller shrimp they will cook faster and it will take less time.


Give it a try! We are good at this!


First batch (left) Second 'perfect' batch (right)




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