The Basics: How to Make Shrimp Scampi

From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of measurements and complicated techniques. It’s a method you’ll remember and whip out whenever you like. It is the most basic way to make the thing you’re making.

  • - a frying pan
  • - a knob of butter
  • - one large clove of garlic
  • - salt and pepper
  • - a pound of raw, peeled, deveined shrimp with tails on (if you’re using frozen shrimp, defrost them first)
  • - white wine or vermouth


  • 1. Melt the butter in the frying pan over medium heat.

    Step 1
  • 2. Mince the garlic and add it to the pan, then season with salt and pepper.

    Step 2
  • 3. Add the shrimp and enough wine to cover the bottom of the pan.

    Step 3
  • 4. Stir, turning the shrimp occasionally, until the shrimp turn pink.

    Step 4
  • 5. Serve the shrimp and their buttery sauce in a bowl with crusty bread or over pasta or rice.

    Step 5

Illustrations by Bill Russell

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