April 29 is National Shrimp Scampi Day, and on this day we celebrate the delicious dish of shrimp cooked with butter, garlic, lemon juice, and white wine. Fun fact: The word “scampi” actually means “shrimp”. Therefore, saying “shrimp scampi” is like saying “shrimp shrimp”. Over one billion pounds of shrimp are consumed every year by Americans.
National Shrimp Scampi Day Activities
1. Create your own shrimp scampi
Pick one of the many ways to create shrimp scampi, go to your local seafood market, or grocery store to buy the ingredients and experiment.
2. Head over to your local Italian or seafood restaurant
It’s that easy. Walk-in and enjoy your favorite scampi dish, sautéed to perfection.
3. Invite some friends over for shrimp scampi
Once you have perfected the art of creating and serving shrimp scampi, use that confidence to throw a party with friends or family over. Pretty soon you’ll be the go-to spot for shrimp scampi dinners. Did somebody say shrimp scampi a la carte?
Why We Love National Shrimp Scampi Day
A. The taste
Pasta, shrimp, olive oil, garlic, butter, a sprinkling of herbs… what more could you ask for in a simple weeknight dinner?! Oh… maybe a full glass of white wine.
It’s one of those meals that is perfect for busy weeknights, also works wonders for guests on the weekends, or you can make it for yourself and sop up the extra delicious white wine butter sauce with a piece of toasty garlic bread. No judgment here!
C. Seafood + Italian combination
If you love shrimp and love Italian food, this perfect dish fulfills all your checkboxes. Even if you’re not a shrimp lover, you can opt for other alternatives like scallops!