Elevate Your Classic Scampi with Cajun Flavors: A Valentine’s Day Recipe
Scampi is a classic and much-loved dish. Fat, juicy shrimp sautéed in a rich and flavorful sauce of butter, garlic, lemon, white wine, and topped with parsley and parmesan. But why not shake things up this Valentine’s Day with a twist on the classic scampi recipe? Introducing Cajun Shrimp Scampi.
This dish is perfect for a romantic dinner at home. It’s a great way to save money and impress your special someone, without slaving in the kitchen. This Cajun twist on scampi adds even more flavor and creaminess to the dish, and is sure to become a new favorite.
What is Cajun Scampi?
Classic scampi is a popular dish in Italian and seafood restaurants. The shrimp is coated or swimming in a decadent sauce of butter, garlic, lemon, white wine, and parsley. Cajun Scampi takes the classic dish to the next level by adding Cajun seasoning and a touch of cream. The result is a dish with even more depth of flavor and a luscious creaminess.
- 1 lb shrimp
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning (see note 1)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- Salt to taste
- Fresh ground pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese for garnishing
- Heat olive oil and 3 Tbsp butter in sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add garlic, sauté 30-60 seconds.
- Add white wine, reduce 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in shrimp and Cajun seasoning. Cook 3-5 minutes, depending on size of shrimp. The shrimp should be almost fully cooked.
- Add remaining butter, lemon juice and cream. Stir and cook an additional minute.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, as well as parsley.
- Serve hot over pasta or zoodles.
- Be aware of the sodium content of your Cajun seasoning. If you are using store bought, this can vary dramatically, so additional salt may or may not be necessary.