September 13, 2010

Speedy Shrimp Scampi & Creamy Rice

This was great - fast, easy, economical, gluten-free and fairly healthy! If you need something light and speedy, I recommend playing around with this recipe!

Note: To make a little healthier.... I used real butter because it's whats in the fridge, but definitely switch to margarine or other butter substitute. Make a switch with your rice too and use 1/2 white, 1/2 brown for more fiber. Lastly, be creative and add some veggies to the rice! Peas, edamame, carrots - have fun!

Speedy Shrimp Scampi

Serves 2

  • Dozen shrimp - I used pre-cooked & peeled frozen shrimp (thawed), which can be found in your seafood department.
  • 2 Tb butter
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tb lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt butter over medium-low heat in a small skillet. Add olive oil.
  2. Add all your seasonings and let sit for a moment (perhaps while you peel the garlic?) to help bring out the flavor in the dried herbs.
  3. To make quick work of the garlic, use a cheese grater and grate directly into the skillet. Stir and cook for a minute.
  4. Add shrimp - if you are using pre-cooked shrimp, cook just until warm. You do not want to over cook and get rubbery shrimp. Add lemon juice just before serving.
  5. Pour over rice or noodles. Or.... pour into a decorative dish and serve with toothpicks as a quick party appetizer!

Creamy Rice

I used regular white rice and cooked in a risotto fashion - this does not necessarily make risotto, just slightly creamier rice.

  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tb butter
  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a medium skillet. Add rice and stir to coat with butter.
  2. Add 1/2 cup broth and stir well. Keep stirring until broth is just absorbed - then add next 1/2 cup. Continue adding liquid and stirring until rice is soft and moist.
  3. Cooking the rice in this fashion brings out the starch, which makes the creamy texture.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. NOTE: if you use different styles of rice (brown, wild, etc.) you may need more or less liquid.)


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Our Treasured Home said...

Looks very healthy and tasty! A great gluten free meal!