Shrimp Scampi is one of my all time fave meals- butter, lemon and shrimp = yes please!! A few years ago I started making it with rice instead of pasta and never looked back.
For this recipe, I included asparagus because I'm all about asparagus in spring time and then you at least get a serving of vegetables with this meal. I also start by treating the shrimp with paprika and a little red chili powder which gives it a subtle Cajun feel that I love. Now I can't imagine Shrimp Scampi without rice and Cajun spices!
Total time: 50 minutes if you use brown rice, 30 minutes if you use regular rice
1 lb shrimp, shells and tails removed (I always go with Gulf shrimp from USA)
1 cup brown rice + 2 cups water (or use white if you want a shorter cook time)
1 bunch or 12 - 15 spears asparagus, bottom thirds removed
7 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 shallot or small red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
salt + pepper to taste
Let's do it!
Start with your rice: bring rice, water, 1 tablespoon butter, garlic powder, rosemary and thyme to a boil then cover and simmer on very low for 40 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand covered for an additional 5 minutes if all of the liquid isn't absorbed after the 40 mins.
Season your shrimp evenly with paprika and red chili powder and set in fridge until ready to cook.
Melt the rest of the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat, then add shallot/red onion and simmer for 3 or 4 minutes.
Add the asparagus to the pan and cook covered for 6 - 8 minutes until slightly tender.
Turn the heat up slightly, push asparagus and shallot to the sides of the pan and add the shrimp. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes, then flip the shrimp and cook for another 2 - 3 minutes.
Add the wine, garlic and salt + pepper to taste and cook over medium heat to reduce wine by about a third, about 5 - 10 minutes.
Serve over the herb rice and finish with a spritz of lemon.