Scampi includes various culinary preparations of certain crustaceans, commonly Nephrops norvegicus (the Norway lobster, also known as “Langoustine” or “Dublin Bay Prawns” and sometimes itself called “scampi”
According to Larousse Gastronomique, langoustine are delicate and need to be poached only for a few seconds in court-bouillon. When very fresh they have a slightly sweet flavour which is lost when they are frozen. They can be eaten plain, accompanied by melted butter.
In Britain the shelled tail meat is generally referred to as “scampi” or “wholetail scampi”, although cheaper “re-formed scampi” can contain other parts together with other fish. It is served fried in batter or breadcrumbs and usually with chips and tartare sauce. It is widely available in supermarkets and restaurants, considered pub or snack food but its prevalence has reduced due to declining fish stocks.
In the United States, “scampi” is often the menu name for shrimp in Italian-American cuisine (the actual word for “shrimp” in Italian is gambero or gamberetto, plural gamberi or gamberetti). “Scampi” by itself, is also a dish of shrimp served in garlic butter and dry white wine, served either with bread, or over pasta or rice, although sometimes just the shrimp alone. Most variants of the “shrimp scampi” come on pasta. The word “scampi” is often construed as that style of preparation rather than an ingredient, with that preparation being called “shrimp scampi”, and with variants such as “chicken scampi”.
United States celebrates the National Scampi Day on April 29th.
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