Shrimp Scampi is a shrimp dish just about everyone loves. It’s a simple dish with just 4 ingredients; and it can be made in a matter of minutes. I mean how hard is it to sauté shrimp in a garlic butter sauce?
Sautéing in garlic butter is very easy, specially if you’re making scampi for just 2 or 3 people. But how about making it for a crowd? If you’re making scampi for a crowd you’ll probably want to make it in batches, you really can’t expect perfectly cooked shrimp when you’re pan is heaped with raw shrimp. It’s not always easy to get a frying pan of shrimp to cook evenly. So what’s the solution?
Baked scampi! Yes instead of sautéing a huge pan of shrimp or making several smaller batches it’s easier to bake them. This is seriously the easiest way to make Shrimp scampi for a crowd! It takes just minutes to put together then baked for about 15 minutes. This impressive looking dish can be made in about half an hour leaving you plenty of time to spend with guests instead of slaving away in the kitchen!
Baked Shrimp Scampi
1 Lb. Medium Shrimp, peeled but leave tail on
1/4 Cup White Wine
1 Stick butter, melted and divided in halves
1 Lemon, juiced and zested
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 Cup parsley, chopped, divided into thirds
Dash of Cayenne Red Pepper
1/2 Cup Panko bread crumbs
1 Tbs. Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Pasta, cooked and ready to serve
Lemon wedges for garnish
Pre-heat oven to 425º
Combine wine, 1/2 of melted butter, lemon juice and zest, garlic, 1/3 of chopped parsley, Cayenne pepper in a bowl.
Toss raw shrimp in this mixture and let sit about 5 minutes.
Arrange shrimp on baking dish and drizzle marinade over it.
Toss Panko in olive oil and 1/3 of the chopped parsley
Sprinkle over shrimp.
Drizzle remaining butter over all.
Bake in hot oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the shrimp has turned pink.
Serve over pasta, sprinkle remaining parsley over all and serve with a wedge of lemon.