Gordon Ramsay Shrimp Scampi – Original recipe

Gordon Ramsay Shrimp Scampi is a savory and flavorful recipe that everyone loves. Once you’ve given this shrimp scampi a taste, you’d keep wanting for more. Most people think that shrimp represents the star of the dish. It’s not completely wrong, but the more perfect answer should be lemon. This recipe makes use of almost everything you could find in a lemon: the lemon slices, zest and lemon slices.

What is Shrimp Scampi?

Many people are still vague when it comes to defining what exactly is shrimp scampi. If you can relate to this, you’re not alone. Shrimp scampi can differ according to the cooking technique you use. For some people, this dish needs to pair with angel hair pasta for it to be called shrimp scampi. Others think that shrimp scampi is just simply pan-fried shrimp in butter and served with crusty bread.

Most recipes you find on the Internet use lemon. Some may add tomatoes and white wine. In fact, there’s no right or wrong when making this dish. Put it in a simple way, shrimp scampi is an Italian American recipe. It’s not a classic Italian recipe like many of us may think it is.

Shrimp scampi is an Italian American recipe and it’s often served with angel hair pasta
Shrimp scampi

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Gordon Ramsay shrimp scampi recipe

Although it may seem like a five-star-restaurant dish, the Shrimp Scampi is actually an easy recipe. Simply cook the peeled shrimp in oil. Then serve it with some lemons and scallions. Now without further ado, let’s dive right into this tasty recipe!

Ingredients

  • Peeled and deveined raw shrimp (1 pound)
  • Black pepper (1/2 tsp, freshly ground)
  • Kosher salt (1/2 tsp)
  • Lemon juice (1/4 cup, fresh)
  • White wine ( 1 splash)
  • Olive oil (2 1/2 tbsp)
  • Unsalted butter (3 tbsp)
  • Scallions (4 grams, chopped)
  • Garlic (4 cloves, finely minced)
  • Half of a Lemon (sliced thinly)
  • Grated lemon zest

Instructions for Gordon Ramsay Shrimp Scampi

Step 1: Place your frying pan on the stove, add some butter and melt it over medium-low heat. Add some oil to the pan and heat it up to avoid burning the pan.

Step 2: Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Add to the pan the shrimp and season it with salt and pepper. Saute the shrimp until it’s pink (for about 5 minutes).

Step 3: Stir the shrimp often and add lemon zest, lemon juice and wine to the pan. Continue to saute for 1 more minute.

Step 4: Serve the dish on a plate while hot, add chopped scallion and some slices of lemon as garnishing.

A tasty dish of juicy, buttery shrimp scampi will surely awake your taste buds
A tasty dish of juicy, buttery shrimp scampi

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Notes:

  • The dish requires a total cooking time of 15 minutes, including 5 minutes for preparation and 10 minutes for cooking. If you follow this recipe, you’ll be able to make 4 servings.
  • Shrimp Scampi contains 239 calories (12g fat, 5g carbs, 23g protein, 1.5g sugar, 1g polyunsaturated fat…)

The two terms “prawns” and “shrimps” can cause confusion to many people. Some may think they’re the same and only differ by size. Others argue that they’re called differently in different regions or countries.

However, shrimp and prawns are in fact completely different. They’re decapods, that’s why they all have 10 legs and external skeletons. But prawns’ scientific name is Dendrobranchiata, while shrimp’s scientific name is Pleocyemata. They belong to different decapod suborders.

As the two creatures are not the same, their nutrition sources are also different. Shrimps are full of protein, minerals and vitamins. They’re especially rich in vitamin B3 and vitamin D. Shrimp meat also contains calcium, iron and zinc. If you have an unhealthy obsession for recipes with shrimps, just know that it’s actually not unhealthy at all.

How to differentiate between shrimp and prawn
shrimp and prawn

This Shrimp Scampi dish is often served with pasta. You can use capellini or angel hair pasta for this recipe. To prepare the pasta, simply boil it and stir occasionally to avoid it sticking together. Remember to add the pasta after bringing the water to a boil. The pasta will take about 3 to 5 minutes to cook through.

Check the pasta if it’s al dente, then strain thoroughly to drain out the excess water. Add the cooked pasta to the frying pan with shrimp and scampi sauce. Stir the pasta to get it coated in the sauce evenly, add some fresh basil. Transfer the pasta with shrimp scampi to a medium size bowl. Add grated Parmesan cheese on top of the dish for garnishing.

Notes when processing Shrimp Scampi


We need to remove a line going through the shrimp’s back. These are called veins or sand veins. The veins of Scampi shrimp are not harmful to the body but are quite difficult to eat, so you have to remove them when preparing. Take a small, sharp knife and thread it into the back of the shrimp, cut a vertical line to the tail of the shrimp. And if you find it difficult, you can ask the shrimp seller to do it for you right when you go to buy shrimp.

Besides, do not overcook Scampi shrimp. Many people think that overcooking shrimp will increase the flavor of the dish. But overcooking shrimp both loses nutrients in shrimp and makes shrimp meat hard, tough, and less attractive. You should choose shrimp as soon as the thickest part of the shrimp turns pink and looks cloudy.

According to experts, another trick to avoid overcooking shrimp is to keep an eye on the shrimp. When the shrimp is cooked, the shrimp will form a “C” shape. If the shrimp is overcooked, the shrimp will curl into an “O” shape. You can keep these things in mind during the processing to get a delicious dish.

That’s all you need to know about Gordon Ramsay Shrimp Scampi in 10 minutes. After just 10 or 15 minutes of cooking, you’ll have your own dish of super creamy and mouth-watering Shrimp Scampi. Although this dish doesn’t require much cooking skills and the preparation is quite simple. Shrimp scampi will blow you away with its outstanding deliciousness. Bourbon O suggests choosing this dish when you’re in a hurry and still want to make a quality dish for yourself or the whole family. 

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