Shrimp Scampi – Lightened Up (#FishFridayFoodies)

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Lightened Shrimp Scampi

This Lightened-Up Shrimp Scampi recipe is my contribution to this month’s Fish Friday Foodies theme: Seafood Pasta. No, that’s not pasta. It’s Zoodles! And since I lightened this traditional dish, the spiral-cut zucchini aided in that effort, but read on…there’s more ways this recipe was made lighter in fat, calories and carbs, without losing any flavor.  

So, I’ve been telling you how Mr. Saucy finally decided that he was going to change his ways. While I have always cooked pretty healthy food for us, Mr. Saucy loves sauces; he’s the Condiment King. And he loves huge portions. Those things, along with his lack of exercise and working 10 hours a day, sitting in front of his computer working on our shop’s website and online store, lead to weight gain.

I’m proud to say that he has made huge strides. We walk every single morning. And gradually, he has built his endurance. We walk 3.5 miles together each morning, then he walks another couple of miles each evening on our treadmill. In addition to that, he has lost a lot of weight and a ton of inches.

When he said he wanted to lose weight, I told him that he needed to make changes in the way he ate. As he always does when he sets his mind to something, he has embraced my suggestions. One way he has been so successful in the pounds and inches loss is to lower the amount of carbs he is ingesting. I told him that this wouldn’t be a permanent thing; just until he met his goals. And he’s about half way there.

So, we haven’t been eating bread, or pasta, and he has eliminated a lot of the carb-laden sauces he loved so much. Fortunately, he has loved the foods I’ve been making, and he’s getting a lot of food. I have even made low-carb hamburger buns, so he can get his beloved burger fixes.

Since this month’s Fish Friday Foodies theme is Pasta, this presented a challenge. I thought about making a low-carb pasta, but I figured doing spiral-cut zucchini (also known as Zoodles – Zucchini Noodles), it would be more accessible to you all. Spiral Cutters are everywhere now, so if you don’t have one, they are easy to find and even easier to use.

In addition to not having traditional flour pasta, this recipe is lightened further by using garlic-infused olive oil and just a titch of butter. It’s plenty saucy with the use of vermouth, or a dry white wine, and a little bit of chicken stock. Like a traditional scampi, I incorporated shallots, garlic, lemon zest and juice, and some crushed red pepper flakes in the sauce the shrimp cooked in.

For the zucchini, I lightly sautéed it in olive oil, with some Italian herbs and salt and pepper. This takes less time than cooking traditional pasta; it’s ready in 5-7 minutes, with just a bit of crunch remaining. Tossed with some shaved Parmesan cheese, it was both flavorful and filling!

I hope you’ll try it!


Shrimp Scampi - Lightened Up (#FishFridayFoodies)
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This lightened version of Shrimp Scampi has fewer calories and carbs, but retains all the flavor of a traditional Shrimp Scampi.
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound 21-25 count shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 1 tablespoon garlic-infused olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¾ cup diced shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup vermouth (or dry white wine)
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 medium-sized zucchini, spiral cut
  • 1 tablespoon garlic-infused olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • Garnish: Optional. ¼ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  2. In a large skillet, over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter to melt.
  3. Add the shallot and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the vermouth (or dry white wine), stock, lemon zest and juice and simmer for another 2 minutes.
  6. Add salt and ground black pepper, to taste.
  7. Add the shrimp and allow to cook for about 2 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and pour over the prepared zucchini, toss to combine.
  10. In a large skillet. over medium heat, add the olive oil to heat.
  11. Add the cut zucchini and Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  12. Using tongs to toss continually, cook for about 5-7 minutes.
  13. Remove to bowls, top with the shrimp and sauce.
  14. Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese, if desired and serve immediately.

Be sure to check out the other Fish or Seafood Pasta recipe submitted for this month’s theme:

About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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9 Responses to Shrimp Scampi – Lightened Up (#FishFridayFoodies)

  1. Karen says:

    This sounds delicious! Love spiralized zucchini. Congrats to Mr. Saucy for his accomplishment.

  2. Caroline says:

    I have to say zoodles were one of those things I was never sure about but actually liked. I should have them more – thanks for the idea!

  3. Wendy says:

    Good for Mr. Saucy and kudos to you for helping him through this difficult task. Food like this makes the journey much easier.

    • Wendy, I’m just so proud of him. But he’s a very determined man and when he finally makes his mind up to do something, he will succeed. He really appreciates all I’m doing to help him. And that’s really nice. I want him around for a long time, so it’s a no-brainer. <3 P~

  4. sneha datar says:

    I am in love with this healthy yet delicious dish.. zoodles look amazing!

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