Who doesn’t love shrimp scampi? Butter, garlic, wine, more butter…what’s not to like? I don’t usually count calories in what I cook…If you have ever heard the expression there are too many people counting calories and not counting chemicals. I’m more of the mindset of eating real food. So, eat the real butter (NOT the fake stuff), but in moderation. My recipe for Skinny Shrimp Scampi is a lightened up alternative to traditional scampi without sacrificing any of the flavor (I promise!)
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Traditional scampi recipes call for a LOT of butter and wine and that adds up to a ton of fat and calories that you don’t really need. I love to take recipes and make them healthier. I promise you won’t miss the added butter and fat. And the best part is the whole thing took 15 minutes from start to finish! This healthy adn delicious shrimp recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner , but also looks fancy enough for company
I replaced traditional pasta with Quinoa pasta, which is a great source of protein and fiber. Zucchini noodles would also be fantastic. Swapping out the pasta is another way to make this a healthy shrimp scampi recipe. Check out some other healthier alternatives in My Picks for the best tasting Alternative Pastas
Trying to incorporate more seafood into your dinner rotation? Here are a few more of my family’s favorites
Quick and Easy Recipe for Skinny Shrimp Scampi :
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
- Juice of one lemon
- 3 Tablespoons chopped flat leaf Parsley
- Sea salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
- Place shrimp on paper towels to absorb any moisture. Season with salt and pepper. Set water for pasta to boil
- Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add garlic and saute another minute.
- Add shrimp and saute until they turn pink, approximately 2 minutes on each side.
- Add the chicken broth and lemon juice to the pan, scraping up all the yummy bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes for flavors to combine.
- Add the parsley, check for seasonings. Add the pasta to the pan and Toss to combine