This recipe for Easy Shrimp Scampi just requires a simple marinade and a quick sear on the grill. It can’t get any easier!
I’ve been a fan of scampi for, like, ever. I’ve had great scampi that’s pan fried and perfectly seasoned. And then I’ve have terrible scampi that was swimming in butter. It was so bad that the flavor of the shrimp was totally lost.
This lower calorie recipe solves that problem. For one thing, there is No Butter. I know, I know… I hear you. But scampi has to have garlic butter, right? Not always.
In this case, when you have great flavorings that permeate into the shrimp by marination, the butter isn’t even missed. The result is a perfect seasoned light appetizer.
Ingredients for Easy Shrimp Scampi
- Shrimp: The star of the show
- Olive oil: Heart healthy olive oil replaces butter
- Sea salt: To bring out the briny flavor of the shrimp
- Pepper: For spice
- Garlic: For richness
- Red pepper flakes: For an extra kick
- White wine: You could eliminate this, but the wine really completes this recipe
- Parsley: For freshness
How to Make Easy Shrimp Scampi
This is so easy, it’s almost embarrassing.
Just add the cleaned shrimp to a bowl. If you’ve never cleaned shrimp before it’s pretty easy. Just slit the shrimp from top to bottom along the underside of the shrimp and gently pull out the vein. Then rinse it under water and add it to a bowl.
Next comes the marinade. With the lack of butter, this really turns into a very healthy Mediterranean recipe. Just add olive oil, sea salt, pepper, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, white wine and parsley to the shrimp and mix lightly.
If you prefer not to add the wine, the recipe will still be good. But the wine gives it that depth of flavor that really make these shrimp delicious.
Then, just cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the shrimp marinade for about an hour.
When you’re ready to grill just remove the bowl from the refrigerator and grab your skewers. A note here: I grilled these on an electric Cuisineart Griddler so there was no need to soak my wooden Skewers. But if you use an outdoor grill, just soak the wooden skewers when you add the shrimp to refrigerator, so they won’t burn over the heat of the outdoor grill.
Just add two shrimp to a 6” wooden skewer inserting each at the top and bottom to secure them. When all the Skewers are done just add them to your preheated grill for just 2 minutes. Then turn and cook on the other side for 2 more minutes. Then they’re done.
The biggest problem in cooking shrimp is over cooking them. When that happens they become tough, so 2 minutes per side is perfect.
Then add then to a plate, sprinkle them with a bit more parsley and serve lemon wedges on the side.
Easy Shrimp Scampi
- 12 Large Shrimp Cleaned and deveined
- 1 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt Prefer Himalayan Pink
- 1/4 Tsp Pepper
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 1/4 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4 Cup White Wine
- 1 Tbsp Parsley
- Add shrimp to a medium bowl. Add olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic, red pepper flakes, wine and parsley. Mix to coat.
- Place bowl in refrigerator and allow to marinate for 1 hour.
- Preheat Cuisineart Griddler to Sear.
- Add 2 shrimp to a 6" wooden skewer securing each shrimp at the top and bottom. Add to a plate as you continue to add the rest of the shrimp to the skewers.
- Add shrimp to grill and cook 2 minutes on each side. (If using an outdoor grill be sure and soak the wooden skewers at least an hour to keep them from burning.)
- Remove from grill, sprinkle with more parsley and serve with lemon.
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