This eye-appealing Wine-Free Hassle-Free Shrimp Scampi dish is my to-go-to recipe for busy days when I want my family to feel that I really put the effort in. The scrumptious wine-free shrimp scampi is quite the crowd-pleaser and seems quite the fancy dish! Being wine-free makes it great for kids without taking away from its taste! With savory mushrooms and aromatic onion and garlic flavoring, this shrimp pasta will have everyone swooning over their plates!
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Also, the best thing is it’s incredibly easy to make. Trust me, no one is going to believe that this restaurant-worthy version of shrimp scampi comes together in less than 30 minutes. This one is a no-brainer! Garlicky, savory, and rich in flavor, this hearty pasta dish can be fixed in no time. You won’t even miss the wine! Whether you want to impress your guests or satisfy the picky eater, this recipe is the way to go!
A Bit of Scampi Background
Originally cooked with scampi, this American take on the traditional Italian dish calls for shrimp instead of scampi. In case you’re not familiar, scampi are what Americans call large or jumbo shrimp and what are known as lobster tails in other parts of the world. In the Italian version, olive oil is the star whereas in most American versions, butter steals the show!
The most-known versions, especially the traditional Italian one of this recipe, call for white wine. But if you’re on an alcohol-free diet or just don’t consume alcohol, this recipe is for you. You don’t even need the chicken stock substitute for the wine. The mix of the flavors and fragrances of the olive oil, sautéed onions, and garlic with the hint of cilantro is rich enough on its own that you wouldn’t even notice the lack of alcohol!
Sautéed Mushrooms, Onions, Garlic, and Shrimp all in one!
Getting in a balance of Protein of Carbs!
Shrimp is an excellent choice of protein for this one. Giving you the sophisticated taste of seafood without too much of a fishy taste or smell, while reaping its health benefits. This crustacean shellfish is rich in selenium, choline, and vitamin B12, among others. Not in the mood for shrimp but still craving seafood? Use clams instead of shrimp. Clams are packed with iron, zinc, and B12.
As children aren’t averse to pasta, you won’t find it hard to convince them to try this dish! Not only is the pasta in this dish kid-friendly, it’s a great way to help them get the rich nutrients in the shrimp. The carbs in this dish can also do an adult-body some good as well. Carbohydrates are naturally a main source of energy for the body. Furthermore, they help our kidneys, nervous system, and brains function properly.
Another great way to get in extra carbs, LOL, is to serve this with bread. Simple toast with butter or a more complex garlic bread (homemade or frozen) go a long way. Bread is always a great way to soak up all the extra sauce at the bottom of the plate (or pan!).
Steps in Making Wine-Free Hassle-Free Shrimp Scampi:
Tips for Making an Amazing Hassle-Free Shrimp Scampi
- Precook the pasta and drain it, but whatever you do, DO NOT rinse it with water. This will prevent the sauce from sticking to it and will take away from its flavor.
- Prepare everything ahead and have it ready nearby. This one cooks fast! Once the fire is on, you should keep your eyes on it.
- Don’t overcook the shrimp! This is the most important step as you can easily end up with rubbery shrimp, and nobody wants that. Remember, we’re looking for juicy tender shrimp. Once your shrimp is pink, you know you have reached your goal!
- If you feel that it’s very dry, you might want to add one tablespoon of the pasta boiling water. It might thicken it up but won’t change the taste much.
- The flavor in this recipe comes mostly from garlic and cilantro. If you like heat in your food, feel free to add crushed red pepper flakes for that extra kick, but don’t overdo it. A little goes a long way with pepper flakes.
- You can add some zest and tang with a squeeze of lime or some lemon zest either into the sauce or directly onto your plate!
- It’s best to serve this immediately!
- Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Sure you can! Fresh shrimp is always a better choice because it carries added flavor that may become a bit bland from freezing.
You can use chicken stock, unsweetened grape juice, or some non-alcoholic red vinegar. You can also boil the shrimp shells and use their broth for flavor enhancement!
Mussels, prawns, crayfish, or clams can all be substituted in place of shrimp.
Absolutely! You can use linguine or fettucine if you’d like. Those two work great in a scampi dish but you can pretty much use any pasta you have on hand.
Ingredients for Wine-Free Hassle-Free Shrimp Scampi
- olive oil
- baby bell mushrooms
- onion; cubed
- chopped cilantro
- shrimp; peeled
- angel hair pasta
- salt and pepper to taste
Easy and Quick Shrimp Scampi Recipe!
How to Prep
First, cook the angel hair according to instructions then drain.
Next, place the olive oil in the skillet on high heat. After one minute, add in the cubed onions, sauté for a few minutes then add the fresh mushrooms for another minute or two.
Then, add in the shrimp, butter, garlic, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Mix and cook for 4 minutes, mixing occasionally.
Finally, add in the drained pasta, toss together until all the ingredients are incorporated. Turn off heat then drizzle the shrimp scampi with a little olive oil. Serve warm and enjoy!
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Wine-Free Hassle-Free Shrimp Scampi
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 6 cloves garlic
- 8 ounces baby bell mushrooms
- 1 medium onion cubed
- 3 tablespoons cilantro chopped
- 1 pound shrimp peeled
- ½ package angel hair pasta
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the angel hair according to instructions then drain.
- Place the olive oil in the skillet on high heat. After one minute add in the cubed onions, sauté for a few minutes, then add the fresh mushrooms for another minute or two.
- Add in the shrimp, butter, garlic, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Mix and cook for 4 minutes, mixing occasionally.
- Finally, add in the drained pasta, toss together until all the ingredients are incorporated. Turn off heat then drizzle the shrimp scampi with a little olive oil. Serve warm and enjoy!