If you buy shell-on shrimp, save your shells to make a seafood stock.
This delicious scampi is perfect dinner party food—it’s delicious, quick, and works well on a buffet. Be sure to serve it with crusty bread to soak up all of the flavorful sauce.
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
½ teaspoon red chili flakes
zest and juice of 1 small lemon
1 cup white wine
2 pounds extra large or large shrimp, peeled but tails left on
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup finely chopped chives
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
crusty bread to serve, optional
1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a wok or very large sauté pan.
2. Add the sliced garlic cloves and chili flakes and cook until fragrant but not brown, about 1 minute.
3. Add the lemon zest, then the white wine, and cook until the alcohol has burned off and the wine is reduced by about half (3-5 minutes).
4. If your pan is big enough, add the shrimp in a single layer and cook on the first side for 2 minutes, or until pink 2/3 of the way up. Flip and cook for 1 minute on the second side. If your pan is not big enough to hold the shrimp in a single layer, toss them all in and cook, stirring constantly, just until they all turn pink, about 5 minutes. Add the butter just before the shrimp are finished cooking and stir to melt into the sauce.
5. Finish with a few pinches of sea salt, some cracked black pepper, the lemon juice, and the fresh herbs. Toss to combine everything and serve with crusty bread to soak up all of the delicious sauce.