Microwave recipe number two involves cooking microwave shrimp scampi.

After a successful attempt at vanilla cake, my confidence was up. With a slightly inflated ego, I thought a step up to a dinner dish would be well within my reach.

Although shrimp scampi seems like an intensive recipe, it is surprisingly simple.  It involves 1) only 7 ingredients 2) only a small amount of preparation 3) and simple steps

GETTING STARTED:

One trip to Safeway and I was ready to go.

Butter – $3.99

Garlic –  $4.39

Lemon Juice- $2.69

Parsley – $2.69

Salt – $3.15

White Pepper – $3.49

Shrimp – $9.98

Total Cost: $30.38 *

Although this may seem like a large amount of money, keep in mind that you can make the dish multiple times with these ingredients. Also, many of the ingredients (like butter and salt) show up in other recipes. So this is a good investment.

The recipe calls for deveined shrimp. Deveined?  This wasn’t a term I was familiar with, so I Google searched an explanation.

–       To devein a shrimp means to remove the black intestinal tract that runs down the middle of the shrimp.

CONFESSION:

I cheated. The recipe calls for several steps that I chose to simplify in order to make the process easier. Again, as a college student, simplicity is the key.

  1. The first changes I made involved substituting fresh ingredients (the parsley and garlic) for dried, pre-packaged ingredients. Both the bottles of parsley and garlic had easy conversion charts. If you can’t find any conversions, a quick search yields a handy emergency conversion chart.
  2. The second change I made involved the shrimp. The recipe doesn’t specify whether to use fresh or pre-cooked shrimp, so I chose to use pre-cooked. Having already been peeled and deveined, it was the most effective way to quicken the cooking process.

PREPARATION:

One of the best things about the recipe is the ease in which you can prepare it. Most of the process involves making the butter sauce, which is as simple as combining all the ingredients together and putting it in the microwave.

For a video tutorial on making the dish, check out my video above!

FINISHED PRODUCT:

This dish turned out delicious! Within about 25 minutes I had my shrimp scampi.

The finished product: Microwave Shrimp Scampi

The best feeling for me is to get what I call the Roommate Stamp of Approval, and this dish earned the distinction. My roommate Charlie helped me devour the finished product.

MY RATINGS:

Feasibility – A

Ingredients aren’t too difficult to find in the local grocery store. Also, there is no need for anything more than a bowl and a measuring tool.

Preparation: A-

The recipe only calls for all the ingredients to be combined, which certainly makes it easy. The only thing that hurts the overall grade is the uncertainty with how long to microwave the dish for. I recommend always aiming for the high-side on the microwave time.

Taste – A

I would definitely make this again, and possibly substitute the shrimp for crab meat!

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