Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi (Garlic Butter Shrimp)
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Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi Recipe (Giovanni’s Shrimp Scampi)
Serves 2 | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes
1 lb big shrimp, headless, shell-on, tail-on, deveined
1 heaping tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 oz unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons white wine
Salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
Squirts of lemon juice
1/2 heaping teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Clean and rinse the shrimp and deveined. Pat dry with paper towels.
In a big plastic bowl or container, mix the flour and the cayenne pepper together. Transfer all the shrimp into the flour, toss around to coat the shrimp lightly with the flour. Transfer the shrimp out and dust off the excess flour. DO NOT OVERCOAT with too much flour. You just want a very light dust of flour on the shrimp. Discard the flour mixture.
Heat up a saute pan and add the butter. As soon as the butter melts, add the olive oil. Add the garlic and stir well before adding the shrimp into the pan. Saute the shrimp and keep stirring. Add the white wine, salt, sugar, and fish sauce (if using). Continue to saute until the shrimp is nicely cooked. Add a squirt or two of the lemon juice and the black pepper. Stir to combine well and serve immediately.
Fish sauce is optional but it adds umami to the dish. If you don’t use it, just add more salt to taste.
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