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I'm looking for a recipe for SHRIMP SCAMPI. Anyone?

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  • I'm looking for a recipe for SHRIMP SCAMPI. Anyone?

    I picked up five lb of fresh shrimp yesterday down at the beach and I want to make shrimp scampi tonight. Does anyone have a good recipe, and suggestions for side dishes, etc? I'm newly primal and I'm at a loss for how to make this dish without a side of pasta, rice, bread, etc. I'm ok with dairy. THANKS!

  • #2
    I haven't tried this one, but it looks pretty tasty:


    • #3
      Use sauteed zucchini strips instead of pasta. I think there was a post about zucchetti recently...
      I follow a similar recipe to that using half butter and half olive oil, Parmesan instead of tomatoes and onion instead of shallot.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bowa41 View Post
        I haven't tried this one, but it looks pretty tasty:
        You're right. That looks like a good recipe, but there's no tomatoes in scampi. I was going to type my own recipe but that one is good if your replace the tomatoes with 1/3 a stick of butter. Can't complain about that, can you!?

        These instructions offer good tips. That recipe is very authentic with an unfortunate low fat twist. Just add more butter and a 1/3rd cup olive oil and you are on the Amalfi coast.

        The vermouth is just super dry, which is smart, but the driest of white wines is preferred. A cheap chablis maybe. So this almost authentic take is going low fat and no alcohol. That's rubbish, but the rest is spot on and the instructions are good. That's very Italian.

        Tyler Florence is close, but he forgot the butter too!


        • #5
          Kelp noodles would also be a good alternative if you need some type of "pasta" to serve it over.


          • #6
            Wow. These are great suggestions. Thanks everyone. I was wondering about the tomatoes. Butter sounds way better to me!

            Kelp noodles? Never seen those. Health food store? Do they taste like seaweed? My dh will never go for that!


            • #7
              I missed it. Tyler Florence has the butter in his recipe. That's the recipe to go with, imo. I should know better than to doubt that guy. Some of the tips on the other one are helpful for getting the sauce right. I've had good luck slicing cabbage very thin and steaming it to a tender pasta like consistency. But I am definitely going with the zucchini next time.


              • #8
                I just make the shrimp and forget the pasta part! Roasted asparagus would be amazing along side a good scampi. I usually do a boat load of butter, black pepper, pinch of salt, and A LOT of fresh garlic pressed over the shrimp. A few other italian spices (I like thyme/oregano/parsley), under the broiler for a few minutes, and done!
                You are what you eat,
                and what you eat eats too - Michael Pollan


                • #9
                  I have served saucey foods that would normally go over pasta over a bed of raw baby spinach leaves. You can tear or chop them slightly, but the heat of the sauce cooks some of the spinach down.


                  • #10
                    Not a scampi recipe, but I just made some fresh royal red shrimp and scallops last night. It tasted awesome.

                    Here's the recipe:
                    1 lb Royal Red Shrimp
                    1/2 Lb scallops
                    1 bunch of Asparagus
                    7 Slices of uncured bacon
                    Cayenne Pepper

                    Cook the bacon in a cast iron skillet to your liking.
                    Remove bacon and save for snacking.
                    Add Asparagus to pan in bacon fat cooking over medium heat.
                    Cook till slightly tender
                    Remove Asparagus
                    Add shrimp and scallops
                    Sprinkle Cayenne pepper over entire pan for a thin coating
                    Cook a couple minutes each side

                    Serve shrimp and scallops on a bed of Asparagus.


                    • #11
                      Wow, my girlfriend was just talking about how she wanted to make shrimp scampi.
                      "I know what my body needs and what it can handle. There's no better way to achieve my goal than what im doing now. If my regimen leads to my death, be it in six days or six months...I will die fullfiled. The outcome is irrelavent so long as i steer towards my fate. If death is to be my prize, i welcome it with open arms."

                      "A pound of meat a day keeps the doctor away"


                      • #12
                        Here's what I made

                        So I went with one of Grol's suggestions and used this recipe:

                        I had over two pounds of shrimp so I increased the wine and the butter. In fact I'd say I used nearly a stick of butter, and I had a lime but no lemon so I used that. On the side I sauteed multiple-colored pepper strips in coconut oil with some fresh tomato thrown in last minute.

                        We have just started the primal journey and dh is having a really hard time letting go of grains altogether, so at the last minute I decided to make an asparagus risotto with parmiggiano reggiano and I dished out little tiny servings of that alongside huge servings of shrimp and begs. The whole thing was just sublime and we licked our plates to get all the garlic sauce from the scampi.

                        I was feeling pretty satisfied with my efforts and then five minutes into the season opener of Burn Notice, dh announces he's still hungry (a frequent occurrence in our house). Argh! I managed to salvage the carb count by serving him a Greek yogurt with coco powder and a bit of stevia. Not super luxurious but filling. Sometimes it is frustrating to cook for him because he seems toneed a LOT of food and he's hungry every few hours. Any guys out there who can reassure me this will taper off once the carb consumption is curbed?


                        • #13
                          It took a week of major cravings going cold turkey. I think dabbling in simple carbs prolongs the issues. Beef jerky is a great after dinner snacky dessert. I make my own and keep it on hand. Cheese and nuts help, but they probably aren't as good in the big picture. I ate until I was stuffed several times and still felt like I need some bread, or a tortilla, or some fries. It didn't matter how full I was, those foods are heroin. You have to kick them... to the curb... completely... imo.