This Spicy Shrimp Scampi was inspired by a dish that was on the menu of the restaurant I worked in while attending college. I would arrive at the restaurant at 4:30 PM for dinner service and work until 11 PM or midnight with just a short break. Before working as a server I had never eaten too much seafood. But since this was a seafood restaurant, the large trays I carried were filled with bowls and plates of steaming, delicious fish dishes. I couldn’t help but want to taste them all!
At the end of a shift we could order one menu item at half off the price, and believe me, we were hungry! One of my favorites became the chef’s shrimp scampi. In addition to being cooked in a lemon butter sauce, it was dredged in flour first. This gives an added dimension of texture and flavor to the shrimp. When recreating it, Vince and I decided a little added spice would make the flavors even better. So here you have my Spicy Shrimp Scampi.
Serve this with our Arugula Fennel Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette…it’s the perfect meal!
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