Easy Shrimp Scampi

Enjoy a 20 minute meal with easy shrimp scampi; seared shrimp in a garlic buttery sauce with a hint of lemon, parsley and served over a bed of your favorite pasta.

Enjoy this 20 minute easy shrimp scampi meal with seared, juicy shrimp in a rich garlic buttery sauce. Top it off with freshly squeezed lemon juice and parsley over a bed of your favorite pasta or with some crusty bread to mop up the sauce.

Enjoy a 20 minute meal with easy shrimp scampi; seared shrimp in a garlic buttery sauce with a hint of lemon, parsley and served over a bed of your favorite pasta.

 

Today we’ll be doing a quick and easy 20 minute meal from start to finish for those busy work days. This one will be feeding 4 and is perfect for garlic lovers since that’s the star of the show. Lots and lots of fresh garlic in a lemon infused buttery sauce with fresh parsley to carry on the flavor.

Enjoy a 20 minute meal with easy shrimp scampi; seared shrimp in a garlic buttery sauce with a hint of lemon, parsley and served over a bed of your favorite pasta.

This simple dish does not lack flavor despite having very few ingredients. You can either have it with some crusty bread or on a bed of angel hair, spaghetti or linguine pasta.

Let’s get started.

Enjoy a 20 minute meal with easy shrimp scampi; seared shrimp in a garlic buttery sauce with a hint of lemon, parsley and served over a bed of your favorite pasta.

Melt the butter and add some olive oil then saute the garlic until fragrant. Add your wine or broth and seasonings then simmer until the wine has reduced. Add in the shrimp and cook until both sides are pink. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp; they cook really fast so make sure you have all your ingredients ready before introducing them to the pan. One handy way of telling that they’re approaching being overcooked is they start to shrink in size. Last step is to add in the fresh parsley and lemon juice and you’re done!

Quick tips:

  • If you prefer things saucier, reserve some pasta water after cooking the pasta and add it to the pan, then simmer down to the desired sauce level.
  • Tweak it to your tastes by adding more garlic/red pepper flakes/parsley and lemon juice as needed.
  • If you have trouble turning over individual pieces of shrimp while cooking use a pair of kitchen tongs. This helps keep overcooking down to a minimum.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for best results. For more lemony kick, add some grated lemon peel. I used this lemon squeezer and a microplane to grate the lemon.
  • I like to pre-season my pasta before adding the sauce/protein. Use good quality olive oil and dried basil.

And that’s about it. Enjoy your easy shrimp scampi! 🙂

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Enjoy a 20 minute meal with easy shrimp scampi; seared shrimp in a garlic buttery sauce with a hint of lemon, parsley and served over a bed of your favorite pasta.

Easy Shrimp Scampi



  • Author:
    The Cooking Jar

  • Prep Time:
    5 mins

  • Cook Time:
    15 mins

  • Total Time:
    20 minutes

  • Yield:
    4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine/chicken broth
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. jumbo or large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Cooked pasta or crusty bread


Instructions

  1. Over medium high heat melt butter and add olive oil
  2. Saute garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute
  3. Add wine/broth and season with red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste
  4. Simmer until wine/broth has reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Stir frequently
  5. Add shrimp and toss to cook until shrimp has turned pink on both sides, about 2 minutes
  6. Toss in parsley and lemon juice
  7. Dish and serve hot over pasta or crusty bread

Enjoy a 20 minute meal with easy shrimp scampi; seared shrimp in a garlic buttery sauce with a hint of lemon, parsley and served over a bed of your favorite pasta.

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Originally posted at The Cookie Jar

Jumbo Lump Crab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata

Jumbo Lump Crabmeat and Spaghetti with a Lemon Gremolata and Toasted Breadcrumbs. Restaurant quality dish yet quick and easy #weeknightmeal  Can be #dairyfree


Fresh, sweet jumbo lumb crab meat with spaghetti is such simple classic. Take it to the next level by adding lemon gremolata and toasted bread crumbs. And yes, I did tag this as a quick and easy weeknight meal (it is, I promise!).

Whenever my husband and I go to a nice restaurant that has crab cocktail on the menu, we have to get it. I just love the sweet flavor of the crab with a touch of heat from the cocktail sauce. And it’s pretty much guilt free with low calories and low fat.

Last weekend we decided to cook something restaurant quality at home instead of going out, and I was craving crab. I ran to Costco just to get a container of jumbo lump crab meat – it’s totally worth it. Their container is bigger than what you can get at a regular food market and it’s about $10 less. Plus, it’s fresh.

When I walked in to Costco I put my blinders on and headed straight for the food section as I kept telling myself “don’t go in the middle section, don’t go in the middle section.” Because you know if you even glance that way something is going to suck you in and I’d end up coming home with a new coat, a jumbo pack of socks, a book, Christmas wrapping paper (in August), and I’d forget the crab. I’m happy to say that this time I checked out with just one item – this huge container of jumbo lump crab meat.

When using jumbo lump crab, you never want to break up those big, beautiful chunks of meat. If you want something more broken up, just buy the regular lump crab. The jumbo lump chunks are the perfect bite. And when you get the huge container at Costco, you will definitely have extra. It makes great crab cocktail the next day!

So I mentioned that the gremolata and toasted bread crumbs take this dish pasta to the next level, and they really do. It’s such a simple part of the dish, but turns it from an at home dish to a fancy restaurant quality dish. Don’t skip the breadcrumbs! They seriously give the pasta such a distinctive crunch.

This can be a dairy free dish, which is how I made it. The original recipe calls for butter to start the pan sauce; I used oil. The recipe also calls for butter to toast the breadcrumbs; I used oil again. Finally, I did not put Parmesan cheese on mine, but my husband did.

Jumbo Lump Crap Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata and Toasted Breadcrumbs
Adapted from: Foodie Crush

Ingredients for the Crab Spaghetti

  • 1 pound of spaghetti
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 c dry white wine
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 lb jumbo lump crab meat
  • Kosher salt, black pepper to taste
  • Optional: Parmesan cheese
Ingredients for the Lemon Gremolata and Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 c bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • Kosher salt to taste

Directions

Gremolata and Toasted Bread Crumbs

  • Combine the garlic, parsley, and lemon zest. Season with salt if desired. Set aside. 
  • Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan. Add the bread crumbs and stir for 3 minutes, until toasted and golden brown. Transfer to a bowl OR combine with the gremolata (your choice! I kept them separate the second time I made this dish since my husband didn’t want them).
Spaghetti
  • Cook the spaghetti in a pot of salted boiling water. Drain, reserving 1 c of the water.
  • Heat olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the sliced garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add the red pepper flakes, wine, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the cooked spaghetti to the pan and toss. Add the crab and toss gently. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve topped a spoonful of the gremolata and toasted bread crumbs. Add Parmesan if desired. 

Originally posted at Maryellens Cooking Creations

Easy Pork Ramen

One of my favorite things about visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Portland, Oregon, (besides seeing them and my adorable new nephew!!) is the food scene. I have had some of my best meals in this great town – seriously, even the airport has such a great restaurant  – The Country Cat – that I go back to the airport early JUST so I can eat there. Plus, I am lucky to have foodies in my family who enjoy taking me to great places! 
The first time I went out there I got to experience something for the first time – ramen. Confession… I didn’t have my first real bowl of ramen until I was 40.  It’s not because I didn’t want to try it, we just don’t have any ramen places around here! 
The next summer when I visited we went to the Pine Street Market, a very cool food hall. Walking around this place is like a trip to heaven for a foodie. Nine of the city’s best chefs and restaurants all in one place! How do you decide what to eat? 
I went with ramen, as well as some pork buns from another spot, and once again, my meal in the great PDX did not disappoint. Rich, salty broth with curly noodles, scallions, spinach, and thinly sliced pork. This soup IS a meal. 
When I returned home I was craving ramen so badly that I had to try to recreate it. I thought back to the few times I had ramen and just went based on my memory of the flavors and ingredients.

I made a chicken stock-based broth with soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a few other ingredients. We filled our bowls with mushrooms, scallions, thinly sliced grilled pork, noodles, and an egg. Craving satisfied!

Note: you can sub any protein for the pork. The last time I made it I used crispy, pan-seared tofu. You could also use chicken, beef, shrimp, mussels, clams, etc – really anything you like! Experiment with different flavors and ingredients, too – add a dash of fish sauce, dried kelp, bonito flakes, grated carrots, miso paste, sprouts, or oyster sauce.



Easy Pork Ramen
Original Recipe by Mary Ellen of Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations

Ingredients 

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed 
  • 1 tsp ginger (I used the jarred ginger – prefer the consistency)
  • 32 oz low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 1 bunch green onions – stems cut at 2 inches, the rest chopped 
  • 1 c sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 2 soft or hard-boiled eggs (your preference)
  • 1 grilled pork chop, thinly sliced *
  • 8 oz cooked noodles of your choice (soba, ramen, Chinese noodles)
  • Optional: bok choy, napa cabbage, kale, or spinach
  • Optional for serving: Sambal Oelek 
* I season the pork chop with salt and pepper and grill it to 140 degrees; let rest 5 minutes before slicing. 
Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a pot
  • Add the garlic and ginger; saute 1 minute
  • Add the broth, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, mirin, and green onion stems. Bring to a steady simmer and then reduce to a low simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the green onion stems and add the mushrooms. Let simmer 3 minutes. 
  • If using greens, add them to the pot for one minute before you are ready to serve. 
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the miso until combined. 
  • To plate: Put noodles, chopped green onions, greens, mushrooms,
    and sliced pork in a bowl. Pour broth on top and garnish with Sambal and an egg. 
Quick and Easy Pork Ramen! A rich, miso broth with mushrooms and bok choy. Add noodles, sliced pork, green onions, an egg, and sambal. Weeknight meal!

Originally posted at Maryellens Cooking Creations

Crispy Fish Sticks with Pineapple Salsa

Crispy and crunchy homemade fish sticks with a fresh pineapple salsa. 
A kids’ style dinner good enough for adults!

I love to cook, but there are a few things I always have in for super quick dinners for my daughter, like on nights when my husband is traveling and we have 45 minutes between school and dance class. Frozen chicken nuggets, frozen fish sticks, baby carrots (to make “soft carrots,” as she calls them), frozen broccoli, and a container of cooked spaghetti can almost always be found in my house.

However, homemade versions are always better. It’s not like making homemade chicken nuggets or fish sticks is hard or takes a long time – it’s probably faster to bread your own and fry them up. Actually, in the time it takes to preheat your oven and cook the frozen version, you could already have homemade ones on the table.

But I get it – convenience foods are a must! Some nights you just don’t want the extra dishes, or you need to be focused on helping with homework instead of prepping and cooking dinner. When you have the time, it’s always fun to cook from scratch!

Over the holiday weekend I made some homemade crispy fish sticks that were so incredibly easy and super yummy.

All you need is a fish that will hold up well and that doesn’t have much fat. Cod, haddock and pollock are the most popular, but I prefer to use something a little better, like halibut, mahi, or even swordfish or catfish.

Cut your fish into “sticks” and then bread them – flour, egg, seasoned breadcrumbs/Panko. I fry them in just a small amount of oil – no need to deep fry – and in just 5-6 minutes they are done. Perfectly crispy and crunchy, yet light and flaky on the inside.

I love a light and fresh topping for fish, so I chopped up some pineapple to add to pico de gallo I had made for the weekend, and it was the perfect accompaniment. Bright, citrus flavors with some heat – so refreshing!

Crispy Fish Sticks 
Original Recipe by Mary Ellen of Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations

Ingredients

  • 6 oz fish cut into 6 sticks (double or triple to your liking!)
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 2 eggs beaten and mixed with 1 Tbsp whole milk
  • 1/2 c breadcrumbs and 1/2 c Panko breadcrumbs
  • Seasoning: approximately 1 tsp each salt, black pepper, onion powder and chili powder 
  • 3 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil (enough to generously coat the bottom of your pan)
Directions
  • Set up breading station: flour in 1st bowl, eggs in second, bread crumbs mixed with seasoning in third (tip – I love using a throw away paper plate for the flour and bread crumbs – makes cleanup so easy!)
  • Heat your oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat
  • Roll each piece of fish in flour. Shake off the excess and roll in the egg mixture followed by the breadcrumbs. Place on wire rack.
  • Add the breaded fish to the pan being careful to space them out (you may need to do this in 2 batches). Cook until one side is golden brown; repeat on all sides until crispy. Transfer to the wire rack on top of paper towels.
  • Serve immediately! 

Pineapple Salsa
Original Recipe by Mary Ellen of Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations

You can make this in a small amount as noted below (serves 4), or you can make a large bowl of the pico (all of the ingredients below x 4, minus the pineapple) and remove some to mix with the pineapple for this recipe.

  • 4 Ripe tomatoes, seeds removed and diced 
  • 1/2 of a jalapeno, minced
  • 1/4 of a red onion, minced
  • Small handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tsp Kosher or sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp pineapple, diced

Originally posted at Maryellens Cooking Creations