Jumbo Shrimp Buzara Style (Buzara De Scampi)

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

Lidia Bastianich; Lidia’s Italy. Istria

Top Review by plutodrive

I have made this recipe several times since I bought this cookbook. The flavor is amazing because you sear the shrimp in the shell. Prep time is cut dramatically because you don't need to peel the shrimp. I love to grill some good bread brushed with olive oil to dip in the sauce that this dish makes. If it doesn't seem like there is enough sauce for me I add a little water to increase the amount. Also, if the larger shrimp are not on sale, buy the smaller ones and just weigh the amount to equal 24 oz.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Without removing any of the shell, remove the vein (digestive tract) that runs inside the curving back of each shrimp—slice open the back with a sturdy sharp paring knife, cutting through the shell and scrape out the vein; rinse the shrimp and pat dry.
  2. Pour ¼ cup olive oil into saute pan; set over med-high heat.
  3. Scatter in the garlic; cook until sizzling, then stir in the shallots.
  4. When they are sizzling, stir in ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ cup wine.
  5. Cook/stir frequently, until the wine is nearly completely evaporated and the shallots have softened.
  6. Drop in the tomato paste and stir it around the pan for a minute, coating the shallots and caramelizing.
  7. Pour in the rest of the wine, bring to a boil quickly, then add the water and ¼ teaspoon salt, stirring.
  8. Bring to a boil, then decrease heat and let the sauce bubble gently and reduce for about 5 minutes while you sear the shrimp.
  9. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil into a wide skillet; place over high heat until very hot.
  10. Scatter the shrimp in the pan, toss them in the oil, and season with the remaining ½ teaspoon salt.
  11. Cook for just a minute or slightly longer, until the shells are lightly colored and the flesh underneath is opaque, then turn off the heat.
  12. With the sauce still bubbling, slide in the seared shrimp and tumble to coat them all with the sauce.
  13. Stir in the pepper, then bread crumbs—use more crumbs if the sauce is thin.
  14. Cook for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat.
  15. Drizzle over the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and incorporate it well, tumbling the shirmp in the pan.
  16. Sprinkle the parsley on top, and serve immediately.
  17. Serve with crusty bread to sop up the sauce.

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