Shrimp scampi with zucchini noodles is a delicious recipe that you can put together on a busy night in under 30 minutes! The zucchini noodles, also known as zoodles, are a healthy alternative to pasta which means you can enjoy this dish guilt free! Join Eric from Simply Elegant Home Cooking as he walks through this recipe and breaks it down into simple steps.
-3 medium zucchini
-1 pound wild shrimp
-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
-2 tablespoons butter
-3 garlic cloves
-1 large handful fresh Italian parsley
-1/3 cup Italian white wine
-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
-salt and pepper to taste
-Prep all ingredients before you begin cooking by peeling and removing the vein from the shrimp, crushing the garlic, and mincing the shallot and parsley.
-If you did not buy your zucchini noodles pre-cut, use your Spiralizer or other tool to cut them into noodle shapes.
-Pat the shrimp dry and season generously with salt and pepper. In a large pan, preheat on medium high and then add a small amount of olive oil along with the shrimp. Sear the shrimp for 1 minute on each side.
-After both sides of the shrimp are seared, remove them from the pan, turn the heat down to medium low, and then add a little more of the cold olive oil which will bring down the temperature in the pan. Add in the shallot and garlic. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly and taking care not to burn.
-After 1 minute, add in the crushed red pepper flakes and continue to stir.
-After 30 seconds, deglaze the pan by adding in the Italian white wine. Turn the heat back up to medium high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook until the liquid reduces significantly in volume.
-Reduce the heat to medium and juice the half lemon into the sauce, then add in the butter. Stir the scampi sauce until the butter is almost completely melted.
-Once butter has almost disappeared into the sauce, add in the zucchini noodles. Stir them around well to incorporate. Add more salt and pepper if you desire. Cook for about 3 minutes.
-Add back in the shrimp and stir to incorporate everything. Turn off the heat.
-With the heat off, add in the Italian parsley and stir the shrimp scampi with zucchini noodles until thoroughly mixed.
-Serve and enjoy!