This dish will fool you. Sure, by appearance alone it looks a whole lot like shrimp scampi — something classically Italian with lots of garlic going on. But take one bite and you'll understand that it's firmly inspired by Greece. Pungent fresh oregano and vibrant lemon scream out loud and clear, most definitely making themselves heard, and most definitely whisking you away to that little Mediterranean corner of the globe.
A Flavor-Packed Shrimp Recipe to Serve Over Whatever You Crave
The best part about this dinner is that it's customizable. The shrimp is quickly roasted and then tossed in a simple sauce of sautéed garlic, lots of chopped fresh oregano, lemon zest and juice, white wine, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Some of that powerhouse flavor soaks into the roasted shrimp, while the rest stays behind to be soaked into whatever else you may have in your kitchen to serve the shrimp over and turn it into a meal. Twirl-able pasta, like linguine, is highly encouraged, as is couscous — either regular or Israeli — rice, or even creamy polenta. Pick your favorite, pop open a bottle of crisp, white wine, and dig in.
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Roasted Lemon Oregano Shrimp
olive oil, divided
coarsely chopped fresh oregano leaves
Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon
Pinch red pepper flakes
dry white wine
Juice of 1 large lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
peeled and deveined uncooked medium shrimp
Freshly ground black pepper
Cooked polenta, pasta, or couscous, for serving (optional)
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400°F.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in the garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest and stir over low heat for 2 minutes. Stir in the wine and lemon juice and keep the mixture warm over very low heat.
Meanwhile, pat the shrimp dry and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, sprinkle generously with salt and black pepper, toss to evenly coat, and spread into an even layer.
Roast, stirring halfway through, until they just turn pink and opaque, 6 to 8 minutes total.
Remove the shrimp from the oven, transfer it to the saucepan with the lemon and oregano sauce, and toss to combine. Serve immediately over cooked pasta, rice, couscous, or creamy polenta.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.