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Miso Butter Shrimp Scampi Recipe

miso butter shrimp in bowl
miso butter shrimp in bowl - Deniz Vergara/Mashed

Shrimp is an easy protein to make if you need to get dinner on the table quickly, thanks to its speedy cooking time. It pairs well with a wide range of flavors, from fiery spice rubs to creamy sauces. Mashed recipe developer Deniz Vergara shares one more idea for this popular shellfish: miso butter shrimp scampi. It's packed with richness from a luscious sauce, which comes together with minimal time and ingredients.

"I love how this dish takes a popular and familiar dish and adds a unique and savory twist," Vergara says. "The miso has such a complex and umami flavor, which [is] complemented by the other ingredients." A few key elements keep the sauce pleasantly balanced. "The deep miso flavor is lightened up a bit with the white wine, a touch of sweetness from the mirin, and the acidic punch from the lemon," Vergara explains. You'll want to grab a crusty baguette to mop up the sauce or boil some noodles to toss with this savory shrimp dish.

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Get The Ingredients For Miso Butter Shrimp Scampi

miso butter shrimp scampi ingredients
miso butter shrimp scampi ingredients - Deniz Vergara/Mashed

For this recipe, you'll need shrimp (peeled and deveined), sea salt, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic cloves (thinly sliced), crushed red pepper flakes, miso, dry white wine, mirin, butter, lemon juice, and sliced scallions for garnish. Crusty bread is an easy option to serve with the buttery shrimp.

Step 1: Season The Shrimp

salting shrimp in bowl
salting shrimp in bowl - Deniz Vergara/Mashed

Season the shrimp with ¼ teaspoon salt.

Step 2: Cook The Shrimp

adding shrimp to frying pan
adding shrimp to frying pan - Deniz Vergara/Mashed

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and cook shrimp until pink but slightly undercooked, about 1 minute per side. (Shrimp finish cooking in the sauce later.) Transfer to a bowl and set aside, leaving as much oil in the pan as possible.

Step 3: Saute The Seasonings

sauteeing miso garlic red pepper
sauteeing miso garlic red pepper - Deniz Vergara/Mashed

Add the garlic, crushed red pepper, and miso. Saute, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 4: Add The Wine And Mirin

sauteeing garlic with wine
sauteeing garlic with wine - Deniz Vergara/Mashed

Add the wine and mirin and reduce by half, about 1 to 2 minutes. Scrape the fond (brown caramelization) from the bottom of the pan.

Step 5: Add The Butter

miso butter with garlic
miso butter with garlic - Deniz Vergara/Mashed

Add the butter and stir until melted and the sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes.

Step 6: Toss Shrimp With The Sauce

miso butter shrimp in pan
miso butter shrimp in pan - Deniz Vergara/Mashed

Add the shrimp back into the pan and toss to coat for about 2 to 3 minutes or until the shrimp are fully cooked. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice.

Step 7: Garnish And Serve

miso butter shrimp bowl
miso butter shrimp bowl - Deniz Vergara/Mashed

Garnish with scallions and serve with crusty bread, if desired.

How Should You Serve And Store Shrimp Scampi?

miso butter shrimp with bread
miso butter shrimp with bread - Deniz Vergara/Mashed

Once you taste the miso butter scampi sauce that covers the shrimp, you will want to ensure that every last drop makes its way into your mouth. For this reason, Vergara suggests enjoying the scampi with a nice loaf of crusty bread to soak up any excess miso butter sauce. Alternatively, she recommends a few other starchy companions that pair nicely. Consider using ramen, udon, or rice noodles, or whatever long pasta you have on hand in your pantry. White rice or even fried rice would also work well.

Store any leftover miso butter shrimp scampi in a sealed container in the fridge, but make sure to consume it within a couple of days since seafood isn't a keeper. "When you heat it up in the microwave or on the stove, add a little bit of water to loosen up the sauce," Vergara recommends.

Do You Have To Devein Shrimp?

miso butter shrimp in bowl
miso butter shrimp in bowl - Deniz Vergara/Mashed

You'll notice that Vergara calls for deveining the shrimp as well as peeling them. Removing the shrimp shells is a more apparent step, but not all recipes call for deveining the shellfish. Vergara prefers to devein shrimp (and notes you call also buy them deveined) because the vein is actually the shrimp's digestive tract. While it's safe to consume fully-cooked shrimp with the vein, the tract can have a gritty texture that you might not find pleasant.

The easiest option, of course, is to pick up a bag of shrimp that is already peeled and deveined. However, the technique isn't that difficult to master and it adds just a few minutes to your prep time. To do so, find the black line on the shrimp's back. Make a small and shallow slit along the vein, slide your knife under the digestive tract, and then pull it out and discard.

Miso Butter Shrimp Scampi Recipe

miso butter shrimp in bowl
miso butter shrimp in bowl - Deniz Vergara/Mashed

Prep Time: 10mCook Time: 10mYield: 4 ServingsIngredients

  • 12 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon white miso

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons mirin

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 scallions, sliced, for garnish

Optional Ingredients

  • Crusty bread, for serving

Directions

  1. Season the shrimp with ¼ teaspoon salt.

  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and cook shrimp until pink but slightly undercooked, about 1 minute per side. (Shrimp finish cooking in the sauce later.) Transfer to a bowl and set aside, leaving as much oil in the pan as possible.

  3. Add the garlic, crushed red pepper, and miso. Saute, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  4. Add the wine and mirin and reduce by half, about 1 to 2 minutes. Scrape the fond (brown caramelization) from the bottom of the pan.

  5. Add the butter and stir until melted and the sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes.

  6. Add the shrimp back into the pan and toss to coat for about 2 to 3 minutes or until the shrimp are fully cooked. Turn off the heat and add the lemon juice.

  7. Garnish with scallions and serve with crusty bread, if desired.

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