Tasty Mediterranean Shrimp Scampi with Tomato Salsa
One bite of this meal and you’ll be transported to a Greek island. This recipe is simple, light, and full of flavor. Za’atar spice blend coats the shrimp before it gets broiled and served atop a bed of fluffy rice pilaf. Add a zingy tomato salsa with lemon zest, juice, and garlic tops it all off.
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Mediterranean Shrimp Scampi with Tomato Salsa & Rice Pilaf
- small saucepan
- zester or microplane
- rimmed baking sheet
- 1 oz scallions
- 5 oz basmati rice
- garlic use 2 large cloves
- 1 lemon
- 4 oz plum tomato
- 10 oz wild US Gulf shrimp
- za'atar spice blend use 2 tsp
- 3 oz baby spinach
- kosher salt & ground pepper
- olive oil
- Toast rice: Trim ends from scallions, then thinly slice on an angle. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Add half of the scallions and cook until softened, about 1 minute. Add rice and cook until fragrant and toasted, 2–3 minutes.
- Cook rice pilaf: Add 1¼ cups water and ½ teaspoon salt to saucepan, stir, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to simmer, and cook until water is absorbed and rice is tender, about 17 minutes. Cover to keep warm until ready to serve.
- Prep ingredients: While rice pilaf cooks, peel and finely grate 2 large garlic cloves. Grate ½ teaspoon lemon zest, then squeeze 1 tablespoon lemon juice into a separate small bowl. Cut any remaining lemon into wedges. Cut tomato into ¼-inch pieces.
- Make tomato salsa: In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, lemon zest, ¼ teaspoon of grated garlic, and 1½ tablespoons oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Season & broil shrimp: Preheat broiler with top rack 6 inches from heat source. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with lemon juice, remaining garlic, 2 teaspoons za'atar, 1½ tablespoons oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds pepper. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Broil shrimp on top oven rack until almost cooked through, 1–2 minutes (watch closely as broilers vary).
- Broil shrimp & serve: Sprinkle spinach over shrimp on baking sheet. Broil, about 30 seconds. Remove from oven, and toss to wilt spinach. Fluff rice pilaf with a fork. Serve rice pilaf topped with shrimp, tomato salsa, remaining scallions, and any lemon wedges on the side for squeezing. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with a few grinds pepper.
Calories 620kcal, Fat 29.0g, Proteins 27.0g, Carbs 63.0g ALLERGENS
Sesame and Shellfish. May contain traces of other allergens. Packaged in a facility that packages gluten containing products.