Greek-Style Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

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So, how do people feel about shrimp?

Shrimp is definitely a food that’s grown on me, from something I didn’t think I liked at all, to something I could tolerate when really hungry, to something I now actually crave at times.  It has such a distinct texture, and, as most people who eat shrimp know, if you cook it a couple minutes too long that distinct, special texture becomes pretty distinctly rubber-like.  That kind of distinctiveness has probably turned many people off of shrimp, I imagine.

If shrimp is looking a little too strange to you, may I suggest popcorn shrimp?  Coat just about anything in deep-fried batter and it’s tasting pretty OK.  Remember that time I told you I ate deep-fried bees?  Yeah, pretty much anything will taste OK deep-fried.  Someone should notify the folks at Fear Factor.

But I digress.

Quel suprise.

I’ve made this shrimp dish improperly a couple of times and both times it disappeared too quickly, and at too dark an hour, to be photographed.  At last, I made it the way it’s meant to be made, apparently, and fed the kids leftovers from meals past since shrimp tends to get the ol’ stink-eye when it shows up on their plates.

Greek Style Shrimp Scampi

So how is the way I made it different from the way it’s meant to be made?  Well, the first two times I didn’t make it with pasta.  For some reason in my head this was an appy or something (I saw the idea ages ago in an oooold issue of Cooking Light magazine, so my recollection was foggy).  I made it that way a couple times, as a baked appy and as a side dish/rice topping for a Greek night and finally googled it and found a very similar recipe from Cooking Light displayed atop a plate of linguine!  Oops.  And also, I think everything will be good with pasta, so I don’t know how I managed to forget that.

But actually, I highly recommend the appy route. So easy, warm and fresh and cheesy, and something a little different for a gluten free option!  Mind you, it was just as tasty served over pasta, and you could certainly use gluten free pasta – really, how could tomatoes, garlic, oregano, and cheese go wrong when paired with pasta?

My kids may not want to try it, but Carl and I didn’t mind keeping it all to ourselves…and did I mention it takes 20 minutes, from start to finish?  Always a win in my books!  If you can’t quite wrap your head around the shrimp, this is just as good with chicken :)

Greek Style Shrimp Scampi

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Greek-Style Shrimp Scampi with Linguine
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A quick, healthy weeknight dinner with the simple, fresh flavours of the Mediterranean.
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4
  • Uncooked linguine or spaghettini (I used about 250 grams, give or take).
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14-20 oz) jar canned diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning, undrained
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 4 oz crumbled feta cheese (or mozzarella - see note)
  1. Cook pasta according to pasta directions. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Once water has boiled and pasta is in, heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Sauté garlic for 1 minute, until fragrant, then add tomatoes, oregano, and pepper. Stir to heat through.
  3. Add shrimp and cook just until shrimp are pink and opaque, flipping to cook both sides (they should only need about 3-4 minutes).
  4. Transfer cooked pasta to 9x13" baking dish and top with shrimp mixture and crumbled cheese. Bake in oven for 4-5 minutes, until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling.
For a delicious baked appy, omit the pasta and bake the shrimp mixture with the feta cheese. Serve with a slotted spoon. If using mini shrimp, this also makes a great bruschetta topping. My hubby doesn't like feta cheese that much so we substituted mozzarella cheese with great results.

Shrimp Scampi with Tomatoes



  1. Erin says

    Mmmm! Is this the deliciousness you made for us when we were out at Christmas, when I ate half the bowl? :) I am definitely going to try this gf and df. :)

  2. says

    This looks so good! The first time I ever made shrimp scampi was from a Barefoot Contessa cookbook. DELICIOUS, but so NOT light! There was about a brick of butter involved, and lots of crunchy panko on top. Again – delicious, not light. Yours looks like something that could make it into the regular rotation!

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