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Easy Shrimp Scampi Without Wine Recipe

Easy Shrimp Scampi Without Wine Recipe

There is something kind of special about making shrimp when your friends come over. It’s always a little impressive. Try this one out if you’re looking for an easy recipe for shrimp scampi without wine. It’s full of buttery goodness, with a little zing from the chili. 

I love making mine with chicken stock as it gives the most delicious savory taste from the umami and is so satisfying.

Most shrimp recipes are pretty quick and easy if you know what to do. This recipe is just as easy. While I think wine tastes incredible in many sauces, I don’t think it’s a critical ingredient for this dish though. 

The lemon gives a little acid kick to the whole thing and balances it out nicely. I hope you love this yummy dish!

Ingredients you’ll need

Here’s a list of the ingredients to gather for your shrimp scampi without wine:

  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 6 TBS butter, salted
  • 1 lb/450g shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup of chicken stock or broth
  • Juice and zest of 1 small lemon
  • ½ tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 TBS chopped parsley or cilantro
shrimp scampi without wine or broth

More about the ingredients

Shrimp: When choosing shrimp – pick the biggest ones you can find for this recipe; it makes a difference to the result. If you forget to defrost them, soak them in a bowl of water for a while and then run them under a tap to get rid of the ice. Try not to overcook the prawns.

Chicken stock or broth: you could use a good quality chicken stock powder, cube, homemade chicken stock, or a really yummy and healthy bone broth. All stocks have different salt levels, so make sure you’ve checked the seasoning before finishing the dish.

Chili pepper flakes are intended to give the dish a little bite. It will already have a little kick from the garlic, but the chili gives it a little extra hit. You can leave this out if you’d prefer, or you have kids coming around.

How to make shrimp scampi without wine (step by step)

Okay y’all! So here’s exactly how to make shrimp scampi without wine!

Step one:

Melt half of the butter and all the olive oil together in a cast-iron or non-stick pan. Add in the garlic and red chili pepper and saute for a minute.

Step two:

Add in the chicken stock and simmer for 2 minutes.

creamy shrimp scampi without wine

Step three:

Add in the shrimp and cook for 2-4 minutes or until the shrimp are pink. Season the dish well with salt and pepper.

Step four:

Add in the lemon juice, zest, and more butter to coat the prawns. Serve with your choice of chopped parsley or cilantro.

Why you’ll love shrimp scampi without wine

There are a good couple of reasons to love this dish; here they are:

  • Ready in 15 minutes. It’s a great mid-week recipe.
  • It’s kind of fancy, guys, and a crowd-pleaser.
  • You can double up the recipe and enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day.
  • The ingredients are simple, easy to find, and easy to prepare.
  • Can be served as an appetizer, a main course, or on a big platter for lunch.
shrimp scampi recipe

How to store shrimp scampi 

Your prawns must come to room temperature before storing them. They can be stored in an airtight container for two days. They won’t last that long, so that’s no issue – too delish!

How to reheat shrimp scampi without wine

Reheat your shrimp over a low-medium heat in a pan. If the sauce has “dried up,” add a tablespoon of chicken stock and heat until the shrimp are cooked through. I like keeping a lid on mine to create steam and get them heated up quicker.

Tips and tricks to make the best shrimp scampi without wine

  • The absolute number one tip is don’t overcook the shrimp. Instead, cook them on low heat. Try not to walk away from the pan when they’re cooking. Take them right to that point of pink doneness, and then take them off the stove.
  • Try not to burn the garlic; this can affect the sauce’s flavor. Instead, let it bubble slowly in the butter on low-medium heat rather than let it fry rapidly. If it burns, then it’s a good idea to start again.
  • The balance of seasoning is really important with this sauce, so taste it before serving. It might need a little extra salt.

What to serve with shrimp scampi without wine

Here is a list of my absolute favorite side dishes to serve with this dish:

  • A big bowl of basmati rice with toasted flaked almonds
  • Linguine or tagliatelle pasta
  • Pita bread or baguette and a green salad
  • Garlic bread and a Greek salad
  • Chickpea salad with chopped tomato and halloumi cheese

FAQ

What is a good substitute for white wine in shrimp scampi?

Chicken stock or broth is an excellent substitute for shrimp scampi. It gives the sauce a good rich tasting flavor and compliments the seafood taste. You can also use vegetable broth as an alternative option.

How do you thicken a scampi?

If you want a thicker sauce, you can whisk in ½ a teaspoon of cornstarch into the buttery broth sauce. I like to mix a tiny bit of the sauce into the cornstarch before adding it to the sauce – this prevents lumps from forming.

What is a scampi sauce made of?

This particular shrimp scampi has shrimp, butter, olive oil, garlic, chicken stock, lemon, red chili pepper, and fresh herbs. In the traditional recipe, there is white wine too.

shrimp scampi without wine

Easy Shrimp Scampi Without Wine (Creamy!)

Jamela
There is something kind of special about making shrimp when your friends come over. It’s always a little impressive. Try this one out if you’re looking for an easy recipe for shrimp scampi without wine. It’s full of buttery goodness, with a little zing from the chili. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 6 TBS butter, salted
  • 450 g shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock or broth
  • juice and zest of small lemon (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 TBS chopped parsley or cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Melt half of the butter and all the olive oil together in a cast-iron or non-stick pan. Add in the garlic and red chili pepper and saute for a minute.
  • Add in the chicken stock and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the shrimp and cook for 2-4 minutes or until the shrimp are pink. Season the dish well with salt and pepper.
  • Add in the lemon juice, zest, and more butter to coat the prawns. Serve with your choice of chopped parsley or cilantro.
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Wrapping it up!

This is honestly such a great addition to your recipe bank. It’s such an easy and quick dish to make and it’s unlikely you’ll have a single leftover. 

Enjoy the combination of the seafood flavor, the savory buttery sauce, and that hit of lemon. This is a good one to try when you’re in a rush but need to put something special together.

I hope you love this shrimp scampi without wine as much as I do! Let me know in the comments what you think of it.

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