Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles – a lightened, low-carb, wine-free version of a delicious traditional dish.
If you’re a fan of shrimp and of scampi sauce, then you are going to love this Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles recipe! Especially if you’re trying to cut back on calories, carbs, or fat. It’s very easy to make and can be ready from prep to on your table in under 20 minutes. Did I mention that each generous serving contains under 300 calories? Thought you might like that!
I couldn’t help but have my run at trying to lighten up one of my favorite dishes. Now, mind you.. I prefer it with pasta. But you know I’m a carb fiend. Or as I so lovingly like to call myself, a Carbivore. I will take any bread or pasta dish any day of the week.
Don’t get me wrong, the zoodles (zucchini noodles) complimented this dish very well and was an absolutely delicious swap. I could have eaten the whole pan all to myself. Can’t lie. But dipping bread into the scampi sauce slowed me down a bit. Haha
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Now, if you do not already own a spiralizer, then you need to get one! Not only can you make zoodles, you can make curly fries, sweet potato noodles, and even spiralize fruit – such as apples! How awesome is that? And if you have kids, it’s a perfect little gadget (safety first with the blades!) to have them help in the kitchen with.
I use a Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer for all of my spiralizing. I have had it for over two years now and have absolutely no complaints. It’s very easy to use, suction cups to your counter for stability, and it cleans up very nicely. I have made my own curly fries with this, sliced an onion into perfect thin strips, and I make zucchini noodles with it all the time. I probably won you more on the idea of making curly fries with this than I did vegetable noodles, huh? 😉 I can’t say I blame you!
Look at those cute, fun curls. Bet you’re now imagining those curly fries coming out of the oven. You are, aren’t you? 😉
The best part about zucchini noodles? You can eat them raw, steamed, fried or baked! Any way you prefer. I think they’re delicious any which way.
First thing I did was wash and cut both ends off of each zucchini before spiralizing them (as you saw pictured above). Scoop the curly delights into a bowl and set aside. You’ll need it close at hand, as well as all of your ingredients, because this recipe cooks quickly. Once you’ve spiraled the zucchini, heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat so that you can state the onion and garlic.
Once the garlic has cooked, add the seasoned shrimp, stock, and lemon juice. I love how lemon compliments fish so well! Generally when I cook any kind of shrimp – lemon juice, slices or zest is used.
From this point, it’s adding the zucchini noodles and tomatoes. That’s it!
I think at this point I was dipping french bread into the sauce. Can’t lie, it was hard to resist. One slice, two slice..and soon a third. Which just makes me want to make a pizza rendition of this. What you do you all think of that? Taste buds singing at that as much as the mere mention of curl fries did?
And there you have it. Zoodles! Veggie noodles you can stir around a fork, just like regular noodles. Packed this in my husbands lunch the other day and he was pleasantly surprised by how well it turned out.
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Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles
- 6 small zucchinior approx. 1 1/2 lbs
- 1lb large wild caught shrimppeeled and deveined*, 16-20
- 1/3cup yellow onionfinely chopped
- 1/2tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4tsp dried oregano
- 1/4tsp black pepper
- 4-5 garlic clovesminced
- 1/8tsp saltmore or less, to taste
- 1/4tsp garlic powder
- 1/8tsp cayenne pepper
- 2tbsp butterlight or regular**
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 1/2cup low-sodium chicken brothor regular
- 1/2 lemonjuiced
- 2tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 1cup cherry tomatoeshalved, 12 cherry tomatoes
*You can opt to leave the tail on if you'd like to be fancy!
**I used Earth Balance Organic Spread
***If you would prefer softer noodles, allow them to cook a little longer than the 3-4 minutes stated. Firmness of the zoodles is entirely up to your preference.