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Rachael's Calabrian-Style Shrimp Scampi

Rachael's Calabrian-Style Shrimp Scampi


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 20-24 large shrimp, deveined and tails on

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 rib of celery with leafy tops, finely chopped

  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped

  • 5-6 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped or grated

  • 2 tablespoons Calabrian chili paste or 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth

    • ½ cup 

       (recipe follows) or seafood stock

    • 2 tablespoons butter

    • A handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

    • Juice of 1 lemon


    Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large pan over medium-high to high heat, add shrimp and sear 2 minutes, then turn, season with salt and pepper, cook a minute more, and remove from pan. Add another turn of oil and the minced celery, shallots and garlic, stir a minute or 2, then add chili paste and stir, add vermouth and let it absorb, add stock and let it bubble and reduce a minute, then add butter and parsley. Swirl, then add shrimp back to pan and turn to coat. Cook shrimp through 2 minutes more and douse with lemon juice, then serve.