This Shrimp Scampi with white wine is one of my absolute favorite recipes. Made famous by my father, Tommy DeVincenzo Sr., this is a great Christmas Eve tradition that's not going away.
Shrimp Scampi with white wine. What else do you really need to say? If you're looking for a simple but tasty seafood dish this Christmas Eve, stop your scroll and enjoy this family holiday tradition.
Which wine is best for cooking shrimp scampi with white wine?
Now, I’m no wine connoisseur or wine cooking expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I believe one of the keys to a good shrimp scampi is the wine. My first rule of thumb is going with a dry or crisp white wine - my go to is typically Pinot Grigio. My second rule of thumb is to go with something you like to drink (or your partner likes to drink). Michele loves this ‘Mommy’s Time Out’ from Trebbiano and you know what they say..."happy wife...".
Whatever it is, save the real expensive stuff you have and cook with a good white which is a bit more on the affordable side.
How do you make shrimp scampi from scratch?
There's a couple of ways you can make shrimp scampi. You can bake it or you can fry it. In this recipe, I chose to fry it. It's simple, it's fast and it's so damn tasty!
First, make the breadcrumb mixture. Take a few sticks of softened butter and breadcrumbs and mix them together in a large bowl.
Next, heat some olive oil in a pan and add some garlic and shallots.
Then, add your wine! It's really personal preference as to how much you add, but generally speaking, add ½ cup for every pound of shrimp you make. Drink the rest! 🙂
Next, add your breadcrumb mixture to the pan. Cook until the butter is melted, but be careful not to burn it.
Finally, add your shrimp and cook and mix all together for about 5 minutes or until the shrimp becomes opaque.
Serve this over pasta or rice or just eat it on its own.
Shrimp Scampi with white wine...beautiful!
Tools I used in this recipe:
- All Clad Stainless Steel Fry Pan
- Misen Chef's Knife
- Wooden Mixing Bowl
- KP Kitchen Measuring Cups/Spoons
- J.K. Adams Butterfly Cutting Board
Shrimp Scampi with White Wine
- In a bowl mix the softened butter, breadcrumbs and parsley.
- In a large fry pan, heat 2 tbsps of olive oil. When heated, add the garlic, shallots and crushed red pepper.
- Add your wine. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the butter mixture and heat until melted (do not burn). Add your lemon juice if using.
- Add the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper.
- Cook until the shrimp are cooked thru about 8 to 10 minutes.