Lemon Cream Shrimp Scampi

lemon cream shrimp scampi
  • 4Servings


  • 4 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2- 2 pounds large shrimp-peeled and deveined, tails left on
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup vodka or dry vermouth
  • 1/3 cup creme fraiche or mascarpone
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/3 cup basil (a small handful), roughly torn
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Crusty bread


In a large skillet, heat the EVOO, four turns of the pan, over medium-high. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables soften, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the shrimp and lemon zest; season with salt and pepper. Toss until the shrimp is pink and opaque in the center, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the vodka; toss 1 minute. Add the creme fraiche and stir until the sauce is smooth. Off the heat, stir in the parsley and basil. Divide the shrimp among shallow bowls and drizzle with a few drops of the lemon juice. Serve with the crusty bread.