Healthy Shrimp Scampi is a lighter version of a classic dish that combines all of the great flavors we love in shrimp scampi like garlic, lemon and parsley. This recipe is made lighter by swapping the pasta with zucchini noodles for a lower-carb, healthier, flavor-packed dish.
This Healthy Shrimp Scampi is a lighter overhaul of the classic shrimp scampi we all know and love. By swapping out a few ingredients but still keeping all of those amazing flavors, you can enjoy this lower-crab, lower-calorie, healthier version that you can make in minutes any day of the week.
The combination of the tender cooked shrimp mixed with the tangy lemon and hearty garlic all wrapped up in a bright sauce with low carb, healthy zucchini noodles is everything. You won’t even miss the pasta in this dish, it is so good!
Similar to this low carb Butternut Squash Noodles Bowl that is also an easy healthy meal you can make in minutes with lots of veggies.
What makes this Shrimp Scampi Healthy?
A traditional shrimp scampi recipe typically includes lots of butter, white pasta, wine and cheese. In this version I have replaced those ingredients with healthier swaps to make it lower in carbs and calories and better for your overall health.
I swapped the pasta with zucchini that I spiralled into noodles (aka. zoodles). I still used butter but much less and I replaced the wine with some hearty, low-sodium vegetable stock. The parmesan cheese is used as a garnish to this dish, so you only need to use a very small amount.
It comes together quickly and is a complete meal all on it’s own!
How to make zucchini noodles
Zucchini noodles are simply the result of using a spiralizer or vegetable peeler to turn whole zucchini into long strands that resemble noodles. They are great for replacing pasta in so many dishes and it only takes a few minutes to turn them into noodles or what most people like to call them, “zoodles”, which is short for zucchini noodles.
They are packed with much more nutrition and fiber than white pasta and zucchini is much lower in carbs. Two cups of zucchini noodles has about 66 calories and only 12 grams of carbs, plus it is much healthier for you. Compare that to 2 cups of pasta which has around 400 calories and 90 grams of carbs and it is kind of a no brainer to make this healthy swap at least once in a while.
What ingredients do you need to make healthy shrimp scampi?
The ingredients you will need are simple and are likely items you have in your refrigerator right now!
How to make healthy shrimp scampi
This recipe is high in protein and low in carbs and is a bright and fresh meal that comes together quickly and easily.
- Cook the shrimp. Heat up a large skillet or sauté pan to medium heat and add in the butter. Once the butter is melted, add in the garlic and chili powder and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the shrimp to the pan with the butter and garlic and toss it around in the pan to get it all nice and coated. Cook the shrimp until it is nice and pink and no longer translucent. Sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Make the yummy garlic lemon sauce. In the same pan you cooked the shrimp in, add the lemon juice, veggie stock, olive oil, salt and pepper and stir and cook it on medium-high heat for a few minutes to allow it to thicken.
- Add the zucchini, toss, garnish and serve. Add the zucchini and the shrimp back to the pan with the sauce, toss everything together and let it all cook for about 1 minute. Garnish with the parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and more lemon.
This Healthy Shrimp Scampi is perfect for a date night in or even just a quick and simple weeknight meal you can make in 15 minutes or less. It also doubles as a great meal prep recipe since it stores great and the leftovers are just as delicious as when it was first made.
This shrimp scampi recipe is actually a healthy, complete meal as is, which is so great since it is high in protein, fibre, healthy fats and loaded with nutrition. You can serve it with a quick and easy salad or even some Gluten Free Biscuits if you do need some carbs. You can also mix in some cooked pasta (I prefer whole grain or chickpea pasta) to give it a little bit more volume if needed.
More Healthy Low Carb Recipes to try!
- Low Carb Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
- Easy Air Fryer Salmon Patties
- Veggie Chicken Pizza Bake
- Air Fryer Chicken Tenders – Low Carb/Gluten Free
- Easy Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs
- Amazing Healthy Turkey Burger
- Parmesan Zucchini Noodle Pasta – Inspired Taste
- Make sure you defrost the shrimp before cooking it, if you are using frozen shrimp. You can easily do this by running the shrimp under cold water for a few minutes then place it onto a clean paper towel and pat it dry.
- Do not overcook the shrimp. Shrimp will cook fairy quickly in about 3-5 minutes or less so make sure to watch it and remove it from the heat once it is mostly pink and no longer translucent.
- You can add more volume to this recipe by mixing in some cooked spaghetti with the zucchini noodles.
- Make the zucchini noodles before you cook the shrimp since you want to have them ready to go because the shrimp will cook very fast. I always like to pre prep all of my ingredients before I start cooking so it goes more smoothly and I also enjoy the cooking process more.
- Add some wine. If you are looking to make this recipe taste even more like classic shrimp scampi then you can add in a few splashes of white wine wine to the sauce. If you do this then simply reduce the vegetable stock amount by however much wine you add in.
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