The almost sweet acidity of the lemon pairs up perfectly with the toasty and pungent flavor of the garlic, and both are enhanced by the rich fattiness of the butter. No dish lets these flavors shine more than Shrimp Scampi.
1 1/2 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
9 cloves garlic, 5 cloves minced and 4 grated
Freshly ground black pepper
7 tbsp. butter, divided
1/2 c. panko
3 tsp. lemon zest, divide
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 c. dry white wine
1/3 fresh parsley, finely chopped plus more for garnish
- In a large bowl toss together shrimp and 2 grated cloves of garlic. Season thoroughly with salt and pepper then chill until ready to use.
- In a small skillet over medium low heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter until the foam subsides. Add 2 additional cloves of grated garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 minutes.
- Stir in bread crumbs and toast, tossing occasionally, until deeply golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and a heavy pinch of salt.
- In a large skillet over medium heat melt 2 more tablespoons of butter. Working in batches if necessary, add shrimp and cook, tossing occasionally, until just pink all the way through, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer shrimp to a plate and set aside.
- Increase the heat to medium-high. Add olive oil and heat until shimmering. Add remaining garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until garlic has begun to brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add white wine, lemon juice and remaining zest and bring to a simmer. Cook until reduced by about a third, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and swirl in the remaining butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, so that the butter emulsifies into the sauce. Let simmer for an additional minute or two until the sauce is thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Add the parsley and stir to combine.
- Return the shrimp and any liquid that has accumulated on the plate to the skillet and toss to coat in the sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally until warmed through, about 2 minutes.
- Top with garlic breadcrumbs and parsley.