Roasted Shrimp Scampi

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s go into the sea! This seafood dish will make you sing under the sea with dance moves. *winks* “What are we going to have today?” Sweet pea, I present to you the roasted shrimp scampi. Shrimps rule y’all! “Shrimps’ my favorite sea creature in the world, but enlighten me with this ‘scampi’ thing.” You got it, buddy! I’ve got your back here. Together, let us try to learn everything we can about scampi. Later, we will feel like swimmin’ under the ocean with this scrumptious recipe. “Take me please.” Alright, here we go!

Scampi is a name for various culinary preparations of certain crustaceans, commonly Nephrops norvegicus, or a similar lobster such as Metanephrops, as well as shrimp or prawns. Scampi is the plural term for Italian word ‘scampo’ which means prawn. According to the British company Young's Seafood, as cited by Wikipedia, the name 'scampi' is introduced to Britain in 1946 when they offered Nephrops norvegicus to an Italian restaurant in London as a substitute for lobster. There are many variations in preparing scampi, depending on different regions.

In Britain, the shelled tail meat is usually referred to as ‘scampi’ or ‘wholetail scampi, “although cheaper ‘re-formed scampi’ can contain other parts together with other fish.” The dish is served fried in batter or breadcrumbs with chips and tartare sauce. It is widely available in supermarkets and restaurants. It is considered a pub or snack food but its commonness has reduced because of the declining fish stocks.

In the United States, ‘scampi’ is often the menu name for shrimp in Italian-American cuisine. The term ‘scampi’, by itself, is also the name of a dish of shrimp served in garlic butter and dry white wine, served with bread, or over pasta or rice. Sometimes it can be served with just the shrimp alone. As mentioned in Wikipedia, “most variants of the ‘shrimp scampi’ come on pasta.” The word ‘scampi’ is often viewed as the style of preparation rather than an ingredient, “with that preparation being called ‘shrimp scampi’, and with variants such as ‘chicken scampi’.”

The swimmin’ begins now, my friend! Have this roasted shrimp scampi with your family and friends. *winks* Now it is time for you to enjoy! The link to the recipe is found on the "Rasa Malaysia" website below.

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