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Quick Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi is a garlicky, buttery, delightful dish. If you want to make it so it's not so rich, substitute olive oil for half of the butter.

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  • 4 ounces (8 tablespoons or 1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1 1/2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, shelled and deveined, tails left on
  • Crusty bread to serve (optional)

Serves 4 to 6

  1. Preheat the oven to 450F.
  2. Chop the butter into small cubes and place it in a small saucepan. Press the garlic through a garlic press or chop it very finely and add it to the butter, along with 2 teaspoons of the parsley, the lemon zest, lemon juice and the thyme.
  3. Melt the butter over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Arrange the shrimp in a circular pattern in a gratin or baking dish. They can be slightly overlapping.
  5. Pour the melted butter mixture over the shrimp, distributing it evenly so all shrimp are coated.
  6. Place the baking dish in the oven and roast (uncovered) until the shrimp are pink and the butter is bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle the shrimp with the remaining parsley. Divide the shrimp among serving bowls and spoon the butter sauce on top. Serve immediately with crusty bread, if you like.

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