Easy Garlic Shrimp Scampi

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Ah, there’s nothing better than coming home to a nice plate of Shrimp Scampi after long day. That’s why, this is one of my go-to dinners! It's such a quick & easy recipe to whip up in a pinch, takes minimal prep work, and tastes absolutely delicious every time! Plus, you can also swap the spaghetti for either half or all zucchini noodles if you want to reduce the carbs. (But, like... carbs are life!)

The one and only reservation I have with this recipe is the whole “tail-on/tail-off” debate with the shrimp.

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Cooking the shrimp with the tails on results in a much more FLAVOURFUL shrimp - the juices, garlic pieces and fats from the oils get caught in the tail and make each bite packed with a little more “oomph”. However, it’s also a bit of a hassle to have to take the tails off as you’re eating the meal.

Is it worth it? For me, it honestly depends! 

Personally, I love to prioritize flavour over convenience more often than not, but if you prefer ease, I’d go with the tail-off shrimp for this recipe. (You can thank me later!)

Recipe available below!

INGREDIENTS:

→ 1 sweet onion, diced
→ 2 cloves garlic, minced
→ 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
→ 1 bag frozen cooked pacific white shrimp, thawed
→ 1/3 package @gigi_importing spelt spaghetti
→ 2 tbsp olive oil
→ 1/4 cup white wine (or water, if preferred)
→ salt and pepper to taste
* optional: parmesan for topping!!

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook spaghetti according to instructions on package in a medium pot. strain and set aside, adding in half the olive oil to keep strands from sticking together.

  2. Meanwhile, pour the other half of your olive oil into a cast iron skillet heated to medium temp, then add garlic. stir until lightly browned, then add onions.

  3. Mix until garlic and onions have softened, browned and are fragrant.

  4. Turn the heat up to high and throw in thawed shrimp. sauté until combined (you don't need to cook for long, since they're pre-cooked!) and have a nice browning to them.

  5. Toss in cherry tomatoes and white wine. (keep heat turned up here!)

  6. Once white wine has reduced a bit (2-3 mins), season with salt and pepper as desired, then throw in spaghetti and toss until fully combined.

  7. Serve with some fresh grated parmesan

MACROS:
Makes 4 servings, 363 calories per serving
10 F | 37 C | 29 P