Cafe Delites Shrimp Scampi (Recipe Review)

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When I was searching for shrimp scampi recipes to include in our battle, Cafe Delites was one of the first that popped up. I’ve cooked a handful of recipes from Karina Carrel’s blog and have been impressed by the results, so I quickly added the recipe to my list of contenders.

Carrel’s recipe is super simple, relying on the classic combination of garlic, wine, lemon, red pepper flakes, and shrimp to create a hearty meal that comes together in minutes. I loved how simple the ingredient list was — and the fact that it comes together all in one pan — so I was eager to give it a try.

How to Make Cafe Delites’ Shrimp Scampi

Cafe Delites’ garlic butter shrimp scampi is super simple and comes together in no time. Start by adding olive oil and butter to a skillet. Sauté minced garlic, then add shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the shrimp start to turn pink, then flip and cook on the other side. Add white wine and red pepper flakes (these are optional but I used them) and bring to a simmer.

Simmer the sauce until reduced by half. To finish the sauce, stir in some more butter, then lemon juice and chopped fresh parsley. I tossed the shrimp with pasta, but the recipe lists a few serving options, including garlic bread and rice.

My Honest Review of Cafe Delites’ Shrimp Scampi Recipe

I’m a big fan of this recipe and would happily make it again. I loved that it came together in one pan with only a handful of ingredients. It was the easiest shrimp scampi recipe I tested, yet it was just as delicious (if not better) than the more complex ones. It took me only 20 minutes from start to finish and was a cinch to make.

The sauce is buttery, garlicky, and has just enough acid from the lemon juice and white wine to balance the richness. It makes a bit less sauce than the other recipes I tested, so I recommend eating this with crusty bread or doubling it if tossing with pasta.

When I think of shrimp scampi, this recipe is exactly what I imagine. It’s a perfectly simple version of the classic that doesn’t overcomplicate things. I’ll definitely be making this again.

Two Tips for Making Cafe Delites’ Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Before you head into the kitchen to make this recipe, keep these tips in mind.

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