Shrimp Scampi

Nothing say’s “I love you” like preparing your Sweetheart or bae a delicious home cooked meal on Valentine’s Day!

“You can barbecue it, broil it, bake it, sauce it. Dey’s uh shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan Fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich.

– Bubba from Forrest Gump

2 servings – prep/cook time approximately 1 hour


  • 1 lb. large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/1/2 Tbsp or juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup cooking sherry (or other dry white wine – more for drinking while preparing if desired)
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley

Marinate the shrimp with 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, salt and half of the chopped garlic (1 clove) and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Add the other 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil to a saucepan on medium heat. Add the marinated shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes or just until pink and remove the shrimp from the skillet. Leave the drippings in the pan and add the other chopped garlic clove, shallots, crushed red pepper and lemon pepper and sauce until browned.

Add the wine and lemon juice to the pan and reduce by half. When reduced, add the butter and lemon zest and stir until the sauce becomes thick and glaze like.

Add the partially cooked shrimp back to the pan and cook a few more minutes until done. Do not overcook the shrimp.

Top with the chopped parsley and serve over your favorite pasta or with a good crusty baguette.

Suggested music for your listening pleasure while preparing…

“Dead Shrimp Blues” by Robert Johnson from his 78 rpm single released in 1937

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran from his 2014 album “X”

“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” by Barry White from his “Can’t Get Enough” album released in 1974

“You Make Me Feel Brand New” by The Stylistics their 1974 album “Rockin’ Roll Baby” or by by Simply Red from their 2003 album “Home”


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Husband, Father, Grandfather, foodie. I have worked in various capacities of food service for 50 years. Baker, cook, manager, restaurant owner, personal chef and food sales / consulting. Recently retired. I love to cook and photograph food. My other hobbies include organic gardening, fishing, bicycling, reading, music and golf.

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