Vegan Shrimp Scampi

by Holladay Allen

Native Foods Cafe

 

Another National Food Day!  Today is officially Shrimp Scampi Day.  Now it seems that “Scampi” has become
known almost exclusively as a dish, or method of preparation, where shrimp is
sautéed in garlic butter, white wine and a little bit of parsley.  But in actuality, “scampi is a
culinary name for a kind of small lobster known as Nephrops norvegicus, Norway
lobster, Dublin Bay prawn,
langoustine or "true scampi".” (Wikipedia). 


800px-Nephrops_norvegicusNative Foods Cafe vegan restaurant uses this photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

So scampi has nothing to do with
garlic, or butter, or wine…. or even shrimp?  Sorry Nephrops & co, as the shrimp have stolen your
scene, and your namesake… but at least a lot of you will be spared your lives,
as culinary huntsman mercilessly execute shrimp to complete their scampi
masterpieces.  So anyway… shrimp
scampi can be done vegan…  so let’s
leave the Nephrops and the Shrimps alone, and get our konjac on!  I know, you guys are like, what is she
even talking about anymore?  Konjac
root, or devils’s tongue, is similar to a yam and is used to make vegan seafood
substitutes.  I know it is weird,
but it is a nice alternative for those on a plant-based diet.



KonjacRoot-glucomannanNative Foods Cafe vegan restaurant uses this photo courtesy of Riceplex.

One of the easier to find brands is Sophie’s Kitchen.



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And the nice thing about konjac is it is fat
free and very low in calories.



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And it looks A LOT like shrimp….

 

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So let’s give this “scampi” dish a whirl.  I opted for a lower fat version, with
minimal oil (usually it is alot of butter)… and it came out delicious. 
If you are weary of the vegan shrimp… try using oyster mushrooms
instead.

 

Vegan Shrimp Scampi


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Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 pk Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Prawns, or 1 lb oyster mushrooms with
stems trimmed

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup dry white wine

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper

¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

2 TBSP fresh lemon juice

1 TBSP capers, optional

 

Directions

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add shrimp, saute 5 minute, until lightly golden

Add garlic, saute 2 minute.

Stir in wine, salt, and pepper, bring mixture to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium, cook 30 seconds.

Add parsley and lemon juice, toss well to coat.

Cook a couple more minutes to let flavors absorb, and a bit
of the liquid cook off.

Toss with pasta, serve over rice or with a warm baguette.

 

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2 thoughts on “Vegan Shrimp Scampi

  1. Eileen Likes To Eat April 29, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    That looks amazing! Exactly like real shrimp. Does it actually taste like shrimp? Does Whole Foods carry it?

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  2. Best Pocket Knives April 29, 2013 / 4:59 pm

    Are the shrimp scampi any good? I’ve avoided them cause they kind of creep me out but if they are tasty enough I might get over it 🙂 I avoided mock duck for ages for the same reason but finally tried it and it’s pretty good.

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