You don’t always have to load seafood up with sodium, cheese and cream to make it delicious! Today’s Healthy Shrimp Scampi recipe is a fresh and flavorful take on the restaurant classic, swapping out the cream-based sauce for a luxurious herbed olive oil-and-butter sauce that is still decadent and delicious without being too heavy.
Healthy Shrimp Scampi Recipe
We’ve been going through a seafood kick recently, so I’ve been trying to figure out healthy seafood recipes that are just as delicious and indulgent-tasting as the
which has given me a chance to do some experimentation and develop some easy, healthy recipes using fresh and sustainable seafood.
One of our favourites is this easy, healthy shrimp scampi recipe which takes less than 15-minutes from start to finish.
Fresh shrimp can be hard to come by, but if you can get it, it is worth the cost! You can buy in-shell or shelled shrimp, and while there is a bit of enhanced flavour when you cook shrimp in it’s shell, it’s debatable for me if it’s worth it when cooking for a family. (If just eating it myself, I just eat everything – shell and all.)
Ways to Make Shrimp Scampi Healthier
- Use healthier fats like olive oil, coconut oil or butter to cook the shrimp
- Swap out the pasta for zoodles or whole wheat pasta
- Skip the cream and parmesan – they add unnecessary salt and fat. Rely on herbs and spices to develop your flavor
- Add extra vegetables, like chopped tomatoes and sweet bell peppers
Shrimp Scampi Ingredients
- Shrimp, fresh or frozen
- Coconut oil (or olive oil)
- Butter, optional
- Garlic, minced
- White wine
- Oregano, to taste
- Parsley, to taste
- Tomato, diced
- Sweet bell pepper, diced
- Lemon juice
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: If you are using frozen, you want it to be completely thawed before you start the recipe.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Large skillet
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Cutting board
- Wooden spoon or spatula
How to Make Shrimp Scampi without Cream
Add the oil to a frying pan and once heated, add the shrimp, cooking until translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
While shrimp is cooking, start preparing pasta if you are serving that alongside your shrimp scampi. (We used linguine.)
Remove shrimp to a paper towel-lined plate. Add the garlic to the oil, cook for 2 minutes.
If using wine, add it now along with the lemon juice, and cook until reduced by half, then add shrimp, veggies, and spices. Reduce heat and cook for two minutes before adding optional butter.
If not using wine, reduce heat, add the shrimp, lemon juice, veggies, and spices, along with optional butter.
Once the pasta is done cooking, drain it and add to the shrimp pan, tossing to coat completely with the oil-butter mixture and spices.
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Grab your free printable recipe for our healthy shrimp scampi:
- 1 lb shrimp (approximately 20 large shrimp)
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (or olive oil)
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup white wine
- Oregano, to taste (approx. 2 sprigs fresh, 1 teaspoon dried)
- Parsley, to taste (small handful fresh, 1 teaspoon dried)
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
What’s your favourite go-to easy, healthy recipe for a quick supper?