Sesame Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Sesame Shrimp Scampi

Wahoo! We are thrilled to announce that one of Donna’s recipes – SESAME SHRIMP SCAMPI – is published in the August 2009 issue of Cooking Light magazine.

It is posted below, but we suggest you stop whatever it is you are doing right now and run- don’t walk – down to your local food mart or bookstore and get a copy of this issue. In addition to Donna’s recipe, there are some fabulous recipes for summer grilling, and amazing appetizers for summer entertaining. I make a few recipes from every single Cooking Light issue.

“This dish has a great balance of sweet and tangy flavors. Don’t be tempted to skip the brining step. It gives the shrimp a wonderful fresh taste and texture.” Donna Kelly, Provo, Utah


6 servings (serving size: 1 cup pasta, about 3/4 cup shrimp mixture, and 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds)


  • 8  cups  ice water
  • 3  tablespoons  kosher salt
  • 2  pounds  large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 50 shrimp)
  • 12  ounces  uncooked fettuccine
  • 1/4  cup  water
  • 2  tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 1/2  cup  shiitake sesame vinaigrette (such as Annie’s Naturals)
  • 1  tablespoon  peanut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  butter
  • 3  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh basil
  • 1  tablespoon  sesame seeds, toasted


1. Combine 8 cups ice water and salt in a large bowl, stirring until salt dissolves. Add shrimp; cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Drain shrimp; discard brine. Rinse and pat dry.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.

3. Combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add vinaigrette, stirring with a whisk until well blended.

4. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add shrimp to pan; stir-fry 2 minutes. Add butter and garlic to pan; stir-fry 1 minute. Reduce heat to low. Add cornstarch mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in basil. Serve shrimp mixture over pasta; sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Donna Kelly, Provo, Utah, Cooking Light, AUGUST 2009
— posted by Donna


  1. says

    Julie and Julia is playing at 1:10 on Friday August 7 at the Century 16 Theaters on 3300 South and State. You’re invited to come and see the movie with us and then meet back at my house after for pot-luck snacks and a lot of good dishing about the movie. (I’ll be writing a piece for about how food bloggers like the movie, so you might also get a chance to get some exposure for your blog.)

    Please e-mail me at kalynskitchen (at) comcast (dot) net if you can come and I’ll write back and give you my home address. People can come to my house and drop off food before the show if you’d like, or just meet us at the theater about 12:45.

    I probably won’t get this message to everyone, so feel free to invite other Utah food bloggers.

    And congrats on the news!

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