What Does "Scampi" Mean?
Included on our menu this week is our Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli. You’ve probably heard the term “scampi” before, but what does it mean?
• Technically, “scampi” is the Italian name for a small type of crustacean in the lobster family. By that definition, saying “shrimp scampi” is kind of like saying “shrimp tiny lobster”, but the term has evolved over the years.
• Italian cooks in the US started swapping the scampi species with shrimp, as scampi were very hard to come by.
• They would prep everything the same way and call it “shrimp prepared scampi style” which was eventually shortened to “shrimp scampi”.
• ”Scampi” as we know it today means that shrimp are sautéed with garlic in a sauce made from butter, white wine, and lemon juice. Italian parsley is also usually added.
• After the shrimp and sauce are done, we like to add in broccoli and some whole wheat pasta or swap the pasta for cauliflower for a low carb option.
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