Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Way less butter and spiralized zucchini noodles make for the most delicious skinny shrimp scampi recipe for an easy weeknight dinner.

What makes this recipe a “skinny” scampi?

Your first question is probably what makes this shrimp and pasta recipe a “skinny” shrimp scampi?

It’s two things!

First, we are using way less butter. (You won’t miss it, promise.)

Secondly, we are adding zucchini noodles and mixing them with spaghetti, cutting the carb intake by virtually half!

Zoodles add a little bit of a crunch to the dish and cut the carb calories, all while still retaining the indulgence of this savory dish, and the delicious shrimp scampi sauce.

Can You Skip the Pasta and Use Zoodles?

I’ve made shrimp scampi over zoodles before and it’s totally still works.

But let’s be honest, it doesn’t quite feel like you’re indulging in a pasta dish.

Adding a actual pasta and mixing it with (zucchini+ noodles = ) zoodles retains that shrimp and pasta visual, and tricks at least my brain that I’m having a carb feast.

Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces pasta noodles (I used spaghetti)
  • 2 large zucchini spiralized
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled with tails removed and patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 old bay seasoning (totally optional, but I like the extra heat and flavor)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoon white wine
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  •  (optional) freshly-grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. I like to marinade the shrimp ahead of time because I think this adds more flavor to the dish. Add raw shrimp (make sure they are patted dry) to a bowl and then also add salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and old bay seasoning and olive oil. Mix well and let the mixture sit in the fridge.
  2. In a large pot cook pasta until al dente.
  3. Meanwhile spiralize your zucchini and set aside. I like a simple hand held spiralizer like this one, I have a more expensive one, but always reach for the hand held, for easy clean up and speed.
  4. Now, in a large saute pan, heat butter over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until fragrant. Add shrimp and saute shrimp and garlic until the shrimp is pink on both sides, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add chicken stock, wine and lemon juice to the pan and let the mixture cook for a few minutes. Then add spiralized zucchini to the pan, mix and remove from heat.
  6. Drain the pasta, add to the pan, mix well and serve immediately. Add a sprinkle of parm cheese as desired.

 

In the mood for another great shrimp and pasta recipe with a little heat?

Check out this spicy shrimp and pasta recipe, or my take on Shrimp and Crab Fra Diavolo recipe!

shrimp scampi recipe

Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe

A twist on a classic that cuts the carbs and calories but retains all the flavor
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 6 oz pasta noodles ( I used spaghetti)
  • 2 large zucchini spiralized
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled with tails removed and patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning totally optional, but i like the extra heat and flavor
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoon white wine
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Instructions
 


  • I like to marinade the shrimp ahead of time because I think this adds more
    flavor to the dish. Add raw shrimp (make sure they are patted dry) to a bowl
    and then also add salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and old bay seasoning and
    olive oil. Mix well and let the mixture sit in the fridge.





  • In a large pot cook pasta until al dente.









  • Meanwhile spiralize your zucchini and set aside. I like a simple hand held
    spiralizer like this one, I have a more expensive one, but always reach for the hand
    held, for easy clean up and speed.









  • Now, in a large saute pan, heat butter over medium heat. Add garlic and saute
    until fragrant. Add shrimp and saute shrimp and garlic until the shrimp is pink
    on both sides, about 3-4 minutes.








  • Add chicken stock, wine and lemon juice to the pan and let the mixture cook for a
    few minutes. Then add spiralized zucchini to the pan, mix and remove from heat.








  • Drain the pasta, add to the pan, mix well and serve immediately. Add a sprinkle of
    parm cheese as desired. 






Keyword shrimp, pasta, scampi, skinny pasta, scampi sauce

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