Our mom’s side of the family often makes traditional Italian-American recipes, from Nana’s Aglio e Olio to her delicious Mussels with Red Sauce. When our grandmother crafts her Christmas Eve menu, however, she’s not the only one who gets involved! Our Aunt Tricia makes an incredible Shrimp Scampi, and we’re so fortunate to be able to share this beloved recipe now with you, friend!
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This traditional Italian-American recipe goes along with a larger Feast of the Seven Fishes, which traditionally involves baccalà (salt cod), frutti di mare (shellfish), capitone (eel), calamari (squid), scungilli (conch meat) and vongole (clams). Over the years, Nana and other family members have crafted their own version of this, which always involves our Aunt Tricia’s Shrimp Scampi recipe!
While fresh seafood might be preferred, it isn’t necessary at all to make Aunt Tricia’s Shrimp Scampi! Frozen shrimp, properly thawed, is a perfectly acceptable way to make your life much easier before hosting family and friends. Check out the label on the shrimp packaging for specific instructions, and no one will be the wiser when enjoying the deliciously buttery flavor in this seafood dish.
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To begin, in a large saucepan or skillet, heat two tablespoons of butter. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Then, add shrimp and season with lemon juice and garlic salt. Sauté for 1-2 minutes on one side (until just beginning to turn pink), then flip. Add extra butter if shrimp become too dry.
Cook shrimp for one minute then transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Add the breadcrumbs and one cup of butter to the saucepan. Using a wooden spoon, stir the bread crumbs to coat with the butter, and toast until golden brown. Add the shrimp back to the pan and simmer until completely cooked through.
Serve immediately over pasta or enjoy as is.
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