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.
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."
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:
- 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)