Healthier and light shrimp scampi is flavored with broth instead of a heavy dose of butter but it's still a tasty and decadent seafood dish. Serve the shrimp scampi sauce over spaghetti for a delicious meal. It is one of my favorite easy shrimp recipes.
I love shrimp scampi. It one of those easy shrimp recipes that tastes so good and it is a nice quick dinner. It also goes great with a glass of white wine.
The thing I don't like is how the butter goes from my lips to my hips.
I decided to lighten a classic shrimp scampi sauce recipe up and substitute chicken broth for most of the butter. If you don't want chicken broth, you can always use vegetable broth. The pasta soaks up the sauce nicely and you won't miss the butter in this healthier shrimp scampi.
If you like shrimp with pasta, also try my Shrimp Spaghetti Recipe with Spinach and Tomatoes.
What is Scampi Sauce?
Scampi is the Italian word for langoustine, which are a type of crustacean that looks like a cross between a shrimp and a lobster. The traditional way to serve this shellfish is in a quick saute of butter, garlic, olive oil and white wine. I have always loved the sauce and shellfish with pasta and decided to lighten up the classic recipe using shrimp.
Ingredients in this Shrimp Scampi Recipe
- Spaghetti – Or use any long pasta such as linguini or angle hair.
- Olive Oil – Any light vegetable oil will work in place of olive oil.
- Large Shrimp – Look for shrimp that are already peeled and deveined. If you buy frozen shrimp, thaw them before cooking. Remove the tails if you like. This is a personal preference on whether you want them on or off.
- Garlic – Garlic is one of the key ingredients in traditional shrimp scampi. I recommend using fresh garlic rather than garlic in a jar.
- Crushed Red Pepper – This adds just a bit of heat to the dish. You can leave it out if you prefer.
- Dry White Wine
- Chicken or Vegetable Broth - This replaces the butter to make this healthier shrimp scampi lighter.
- Lemon - This adds a bright freshness to the dish.
- Fresh Parsley - Parsley adds great color to this dish. You should use fresh parsley, not dried.
- Butter – But just a bit because you really can't have shrimp scampi without butter.
Healthier Shrimp Scampi Serving Suggestions
Pasta is what I love with shrimp scampi, however her are some other ideas on what to serve it with:
- Serve this shrimp dish with toast points or sliced whole grain bread. This can make for a great shrimp appetizer and bread is perfect to soak up the yummy sauce.
- For a really healthy, low carb dinner, this scampi is great over a bed of sauteed baby spinach. Zucchini noodles or zoodles are another great choice but you can really put it over any sauteed vegetables you like.
- Shrimp scampi is great over rice and makes it brown rice to get in some whole grains.
- Toss some greens or salad in a light dressing then top it with the shrimp.
More Easy Shrimp Recipes
- Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Slaw
- Sweet and Spicy Shrimp (Made in 10 Minutes!)
- Greek Shrimp Skewers Recipe
- Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp from Food Fanatic
- Shrimp and Sweet Pepper Stir Fry from Katie's Cucina
I love that this light shrimp scampi recipe allows me to enjoy one of my favorite recipes without drowning in butter!
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Healthier Shrimp Scampi with Pasta
- 12 ounces spaghetti or other long pasta
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 4 large cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- the juice from one medium sized lemon plus extra slices for garnish
- ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley plus extra for garnish
- 1 TBS butter
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente, according to package directions.
- While spaghetti is cooking, warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp, and cook for a minute. Add garlic, crushed red pepper, wine, broth, lemon juice and parsley. Simmer for 1 minute or until shrimp are fully cooked. Remove shrimp to warm plate keeping sauce in pan. Add butter to pan and stir until melted.
- Drain pasta and add to pan with sauce. Add salt to taste. Toss well and transfer to serving plate. Top with cooked shrimp. Serve warm. Makes 4 servings.
First Published March 2010 ; Last Updated June 2021
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