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Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

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This delicious Zucchini Shrimp Scampi is made with zucchini noodles and garlic-lemon shrimp for a delicious Keto, gluten-free twist on an Italian favorite! If you leave out the Parmesan cheese, this meal is also Whole30 and Paleo compliant as well. Now that is my kind of healthy meal, how about you?

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Zucchini noodle Shrimp Scampi with parmesan and parsley on a blue plate.

I know, I know, I am a bit late to the whole “zoodle” craze! I actually bought a Spiralizer a couple of years ago, and of course it’s been sitting in a box waiting for me to get adventurous. Then my friend Michelle sent me a video of her Electric Spiralizer and I had to have one!! It is so fast and easy, just don’t try and catch the blade wheel if it starts to fall off the counter!! I won’t scare you off with pictures of my sliced up finger!

Fresh zucchini noodles spiralized into a tray.

How to make Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

Melt ghee/butter/oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until soft and aromatic.

Melted butter and minced garlic sautéing in a large skillet.

Stir in the cayenne pepper or pepper flakes. Add the shrimp and toss to coat with the garlic butter.

Cook shrimp in the garlic butter in a skillet.

Cook until the shrimp start to turn pink in color. Add the lemon juice and stir together.

Add the zucchini noodles and toss to combine.

Toss the zucchini noodles with the shrimp and garlic butter in a skillet.

I kept the shrimp on top of the noodles so they would not over cook!

Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes to desired texture.

Add the Parmesan cheese and toss together.

Zucchini noodles, cooked Shrimp and Parmesan cheese in a skillet.

Omit Parmesan for Whole30 and Paleo – substitute Nutritional Yeast Flakes!!

Add the chopped parsley and toss to combine.

Italian parsley added to the zucchini noodle mixture.

Serve immediately.

Looking down on two dinner plates with zucchini noodles and shrimp in a butter sauce.

I promise you, you will not miss the linguine! This version of Zucchini Shrimp Scampi is light and refreshing, so you can walk away from the table without that full, heavy feeling. 🙂

This recipe was created as a fun Dinner for Two, but it can easily be adjusted to serve a whole family.

For Whole30 and Paleo Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

Use ghee, olive oil, or coconut oil and omit the Parmesan cheese. You can substitute Nutritional Yeast Flakes for a cheesy type flavor if you like.

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Zucchini noodle Shrimp Scampi with parmesan and parsley on a blue plate.

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi is made with zucchini noodles and garlic-lemon shrimp for a delicious Keto, gluten-free twist on an Italian favorite!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zucchini, shrimp, recipe, scampi, healthy, gluten-free, keto, low, carb
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 422kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter substitute ghee or olive oil if needed
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • .25 teaspoon cayenne pepper or pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces large shrimp peeled, deveined, defrosted
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 pound zucchini noodles 3 medium zucchini, approximately
  • .25 cup grated Parmesan cheese omit for Whole30/Paleo
  • .25 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Melt ghee/butter/oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and saute until soft and aromatic.
  • Stir in the cayenne pepper or pepper flakes. Add the shrimp and toss to coat with the garlic butter.
  • Cook until the shrimp start to turn pink in color. Add the lemon juice and stir together.
  • Add the zucchini noodles and toss to combine. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes to desired texture.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley, toss together to combine.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Omit Parmesan for Whole30 and Paleo!!
  • Add salt if not using Parmesan cheese.
  • I kept the shrimp on top of the noodles so they would not over cook.

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 356mg | Sodium: 1098mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1995IU | Vitamin C: 62.9mg | Calcium: 367mg | Iron: 3.9mg

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