Shrimp Scampi from Weelicious

I'm a Trader Joe's devotee, to say the least. Whenever I step foot inside one of their stores I get all tingly and excited like a kid on Christmas morning. Being there just makes me indescribably happy. Shopping for food can be extremely expensive, especially when you're trying to buy nutritious, organic ingredients. They have such quick turnover with their produce that you know you're getting the freshest foods possible and they sell the majority of foods we eat day to day.

Shrimp Scampi from Weelicious

I have my 15 or so staples like cream cheese, yogurt, and pasta that I always buy there, and after grabbing those items, I stock up on a few other favorites. And when I say I stock up...I really stock up. For example, I often grab five or more bags of frozen wild shrimp. That's a necessity since from the time my kids were little they've loved to eat shrimp. Whether I need just a handful or an entire bag for a recipe, frozen shrimp defrost in minutes and help make the most tasty dishes just as quickly. This quick Shrimp Scampi is the perfect example.

Shrimp Scampi from Weelicious

Shrimp cook in minutes and they need only the slightest bit of love from you to transform into an irresistible dish. After tossing them in the pan with a pat of butter and chopped garlic, I sprinkle on a touch of lemon juice and some minced parsley to brighten the flavor and voila, dinner's ready. If you want to make this an even heartier dish you can add some angel hair pasta and serve a simple veggie like Crispy Broccoli on the side.

Shrimp Scampi from Weelicious

Now that my kids are heading back to school I need all the help I can get to simplify my weeknight meals, and you can be sure that I will be making plenty of trips to TJ's to make sure I always have enough sweet shrimp on hand for easy and delicious dishes like this one!

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Shrimp Scampi (4)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 3 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Preparation

1. Heat the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.

2. Add the shrimp and salt and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 more minute, or until the shrimp are cooked through.

3. Sprinkle the shrimp with the lemon juice and parsley, and toss to coat well.

4. Serve alongside vegetables or over pasta.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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14 comments

  • Mary-Claire

    Yum! I've always loved shrimp scampi! Thank you, Catherine, for always making simple, yummy recipes for everyone. I just made your cheesy bacon waffles this morning, too!

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  • Anna

    Shrimp is one of my favorites too! I'm a new mom and your recipes have helped to save my sanity cooking for my new family of 3 :) thank you! (my husband thanks you too!)

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  • Tracy

    Catherine - How do you quickly defrost the frozen shrimp? I'm never sure the best way (assuming I don't think to put the bag in the fridge the night before). Thanks.

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    • Donna Kwong

      Tracy, I often just cook it frozen. Seems to work for me! Also, have you tried coconut oil? Gives it a nice flavour. :)

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    • McCord

      You can place the bag of shrimp in a large bowl and run water over it until they are defrosted! About 15 minutes.

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  • Jeannine Martin

    I would love to know what your Trader Joe's staple items are... I never know what to get especially with frozen items. Now I will try this recipe with their shrimp.

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    • Deborah

      Yes I would like to know too! I just shopped there for the first time in over 5 years!!

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  • Kelly

    This looks delicious, but butter is not a dairy free ingredient. One could substitute earth balance for the butter to make this a dairy free recipe.

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  • Lauren

    Yum. I love how simple and delicious this is! Thank heavens for TJ!

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  • Heather Shards Of Lavender

    Another Trader Joe's fan here; was just there yesterday and stocked up on all my favorites, including the shrimp. The closest one is 45 minutes away, but so worth the trip! Loving the simplicity of this scampi and am sure my family will be thrilled with the taste!

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  • Chris B

    Would another herb work in place of the parsley? Not a big fan of parsley. Would basil work with the flavor profile?
    Also - do you serve with plain pasta or rice, or do you make the pasta with a sauce or seasonings?
    thanks!

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    • McCord

      I think basil would be lovely and so fresh tasting! I like to serve on plain pasta.

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  • Ruth Pinnell

    Made this for dinner last night and served it alongside fettucine alfredo, roasted sweet potatoes, and fresh bread. It was so quick, simple, and delicious! Thank you!

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