Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.
Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.
Red Lobster Restaurant Copycat Recipe
1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves
1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
2⁄3 cup clam juice (or chicken broth)
1⁄3 cup white wine
1 cup heavy cream
1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1⁄4 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
8 ounces linguine pasta, cooked and drained
Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and reduce heat to low. Simmer until the garlic is tender. Add the shrimp and cook over medium-low heat until opaque. Remove, reserve liquid in pan. Add the clam juice (or chicken broth) and bring to a boil.
Add the wine and cook over medium high heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to low. Add the cream, stirring constantly. Add the cheese, stirring until smooth. Cook until thickened.
Add the shrimp back in to the sauce. Heat thoroughly. Add the remaining ingredients except pasta.
Put pasta in a large bowl and pour sauce over pasta; toss gently to coat. Serve with additional grated parmesan cheese. Makes 6 servings.