15 minutes is all you need for this super easy and flavorful Shrimp Scampi! You’ll love this low-carb variation that is lightened up with Zucchini Noodles in place of pasta, but still delicious! Paleo, Whole30, and Keto compliant.
A lightened version of the classic!
This is for all of you who miss those fantastic pasta dishes with butter, loads of garlic, lemon, more butter, and some white wine. I can assure you, we can still make a deliciously healthy version of a classic!
One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen: take a decadent Italian dish, and Amy-ify it!! Make it lighter, make it tasty, and make it accessible for those who love pasta but can’t eat it or want an alternative. Like my Garlic Chicken Alfredo, Walnut Crusted Chicken Piccata— this Shrimp Scampi is right up there with comfort food in the healthiest way!
As a nutritionist, I am always trying to ensure a way to get a healthy dose veggies and protein in each meal I create. In this case, we also get a serving of fresh herbs to give an extra dose of nutrients!
I still keep the essentials in this dish: garlic, lemon, shrimp, and even some white wine. But we’ve lightened up with some perfect zucchini noodles, fresh parsley, and a splash of white wine to give it that touch of elegance it deserves! Pair with my Easy House Salad for an easy weeknight or even Sunday evening dinner.
How to make Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles:
So when a friend of mine was discussing how much she misses one of her favorite dishes while doing Whole30, shrimp scampi, I knew I had to make it.
I loved the way this turned out, with a just a few simple steps!
- Marinate the shrimp in a little bit of oil and garlic
- Spiralize your zucchini and set aside (this is the spiralizer I use and LOVE). Squeeze out any excess moisture with paper towels.. I love to serve it raw to give it more of an “al dente” taste. You can also saute for 2-3 minutes in a sauce pan!
- Heat a large skillet to medium high heat and cook the shrimp for 1-2 minutes per side. Remove from heat, and add in the remaining garlic
- Add in lemon juice, chicken broth or wine, and lemon zest. Cook for a few more minutes until the broth starts to reduce, then add in butter or ghee.
- Toss the shrimp back into the pan, and cook for another few minutes until shrimp is cooked all the way. Continue to spoon sauce over the shrimp. Add in zucchini noodles and serve hot with fresh parsley!
Is this Shrimp Scampi Whole30 and Keto?
Typically, shrimp scampi contains white wine. I omitted it and used extra lemon juice, lemon zest, and chicken stock to make it Whole30 approved. You can use white wine if not on Whole30, it will still be Paleo compliant.
- Wine/Broth: as mentioned above, you can use these ingredients interchangeably! Use wine if feeling a little fancy, or chicken broth.
- Pasta: This also works perfectly over thin spaghetti noodles! Especially for kids, I love the idea of using lentil pasta or rice pasta with half zucchini noodles. Pairing unfamiliar foods with familiar foods is key!
Other Shrimp Recipes that you will love:
Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles (Paleo, Whole30)
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- 3 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil divided
- 1 lb raw shrimp peeled deveined
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1/4 cup chicken broth or white wine*
- 3 tbsp ghee or butter
- 3 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
- Salt + pepper to taste
- 2 large zucchini
Begin by mixing together 1 tbsp oil, 1 clove garlic. Brush over the shrimp and let marinate for 30 minutes. (optional, but gives the shrimp more flavor)
Heat remaining 2 tbsp oil in a large sauce pan to medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes per side (the shrimp won't be cooked through). Set aside, keeping oil on the pan. Keep pan hot.
Now add remaining garlic and saute for 1 minute, until fragrant. Toss in lemon juice, chicken broth, and zest. Cook for another 3 minutes until sauce is reduced.
Add ghee (or butter) to the pan. Continue to cook for another 3 minutes until sauce begins to thicken.
Add shrimp back to the pan and cook for another 2 minutes per side, coating with the sauce along the way.
To make the zucchini noodles, spiralize your zucchini. Add about 1 tbsp oil, and either bake at 375 for 10 minutes, or saute with oil for 5 minutes. You can also serve raw.
Toss shrimp and sauce with zucchini. Top with fresh parsley to serve.
*You can use white wine in place of chicken broth if not following a strict Whole30 diet. Use a dry wine like a sauvignon blanc.