What fish is Scampi?
We are going back to basics this week with a shrimpy marvellous blog on SCAMPI.
While it may seem obvious to seafood fans, this is a question we get asked a lot, especially in reference to our bestselling Amity Panko Single Wholetail Scampi.
Where does Scampi come from?
Scampi is shellfish.
When we talk about scampi in the UK, we are usually referring to langoustine coated in breadcrumbs or batter.
However, the term ‘scampi‘ originates from Italy and means ‘peeled prawn tail’ – not necessarily breaded! Indeed across Europe it is not uncommon to find ‘scampi’ on the menu that will arrive at your table in the form of naked langoustine tails.
The plural for Scampi in Italian is Scampo. However in the UK the term ‘Scampi’ is unquantifiable. It can mean one singular or many pieces!
So where do these langoustine tails come from?
Langoustines [Nephrops Norvegicus] are found in the icy waters surrounding the Scottish and Irish coast. The tail of the langoustine is very meaty – this is the part used for ‘scampi’.
Did you know…most langoustine caught in these waters is used to make scampi?
What is a langoustine?
What's your type?
There are 2 main types of scampi: wholetail and formed.
Wholetail is scampi that contains one or more (you guessed it) wholetail of langoustine.
Meanwhile Formed is made up of broken pieces . This is the kind usually used for the breaded and battered scampi we are used to seeing on a menu.
There are Guidelines...
There are actual guidelines for the content of Scampi and when it can be classed as such.
‘Real’ scampi needs to be at least 33% langoustine meat in each piece. There are also guidelines regarding water content of the final product.
Some kitchens and producers will use monkfish in place of langoustine. This is very tasty but technically not ‘Scampi’.
Originally Monkfish would have been chosen as a substitute to langoustine for it’s meaty constitution and cheaper price. Nowadays it is not as common practice as there is less cost difference between the two.
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