10 Minute Whiskey Lime Shrimp Scampi

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Grocery store spice blends are a blessing. I got a spicy one, but you do you, boo.

Quick, easy, late food.

I just wanted to eat. I got a bag of frozen, peeled, deveined shrimp without tails on sale a few days ago, and I wanted something tasty to do with it. There’s whiskey, half a lime, and some spices. Let’s eat.

You can thaw it, if you’re a planner. It doesn’t take very long, and you don’t really need to do it unless you got the giant ones. These aren’t. I like the bite size ones. You just need one pan, and if no one is looking, you can eat directly from it. I didn’t. Because I had to take a picture and my mother will see it. But seriously, who wants to do a bunch of dishes at this time of night?

So put some butter in your pan. Not olive oil here — it’ll burn. Then dump in the amount of shrimp you want to eat. If you can get fresh shrimp where you are, it’s probably really great. I can’t get that here. These were fresh frozen, not cooked and frozen. You may have to buy cooked frozen shrimp where you are, and that’s fine. Just know they don’t have to cook very long.

After they have sizzled a bit, sprinkle on some spices. I used this mix, from Weber, and it’s good. Move the shrimp around in the pan a bit, then add a shot of whiskey and a generous squeeze of lime. Don’t keep alcohol around? It’ll be good without, Either add more juice or a bit of water to give your shrimp time to cook without letting it burn. If you don’t like whiskey, tequila or rum would be good. Let the liquid cook away until you have a glaze consistency. Takes about ten minutes, because the shrimp release a fair bit of liquid.

This is almost exclusively lean protein, in terms of calories and nutrition. You can serve it over brown rice for added starch and filler, but maybe let the sauce stay a little thinner to flavor the rice. Prefer pasta? Go for it.

Feeling outdoorsy?

Cook the whiskey and lime alone in the pan, and get fresh or thawed shrimp. Skewer the shrimp. Cook the whiskey and lime down in a pan with your spices, then brush on the shrimp and throw them on the grill. Or a spit, if it’s the 17th century.

Young people trying to impress other young people: This looks impressive on the plate, and you can call it scampi if you want. I won’t stop you. It goes with white wine, assuming you and your companion are legal and willing to consume (Just a glass, please — you can enjoy neither your food nor your company if you overindulge. Afterward, sparkling water would be nice.) in your municipality. Light a few candles, play some soft music, and say something charming. Good luck.

Literally 10 minutes. These textures and flavors are delicious. Eat well, my friends.

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