Cilantro Lime Shrimp Scampi

Anyone remember me mentioning all those supplies I bought for mosquito repellent candles in my Lemon Rosemary Chicken recipe? How about my goal to eat less grains in my post with the Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes? Well, here is a dish that makes the most of both! The left over limes from my would-be candles and low-carb zucchini noodles make this recipe healthy and satisfying. Two things I love to pair together!

G was craving some shrimp this week and scampi sounded good to me. However, I wanted to use up some ingredients I already had in the fridge and pantry. I also didn’t want to go full out Cheat Meal mid-week by throwing the buttery shrimpers on top of some noodles. So I improvised and wooh-la! Another meal to find permanent residence in our cook book.

This original recipe can be found on Closet Cooking, but I tweaked it a bit to be simpler and have a Uncorking Peonies twist. Yum!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Scampi

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Satisfy your Italian craving with a healthier option over zoodles.


  • 1 pound shrimp, deveined and shelled
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1/4 cup verjus (I love Dablon Vineyard’s verjus!)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • garlic salt, to taste
  • 1 bag Birds’ Eye Zucchini and Lentil Noodles
  • chopped cilantro, to taste


  1. Melt butter and pressed garlic in pan until fragrant and frothing
  2. Defrost zoodles by placing in microwave for 3 minutes
  3. Add shrimp, garlic salt, and red pepper flakes to pan and cook until shrimp is opaque
  4. Set shrimp aside using a slotted spoon — keep melted butter mix in pan
  5. Add verjus and juice from 1 lime to pan and simmer
  6. Add zoodles to pan and cook until preferred tenderness
  7. Add cooked shrimp, cilantro, garlic salt, and additional red pepper flakes, and toss together
  8. Serve immediately

If you choose to make your own zoodles rather than using a pre-made type, great! Sprialize three zucchinis and saute them to your preferred tenderness in olive oil. Add these at Step 6 but do not cook for any additional time.

Unsure if your shrimp are fully cooked? When they form a C-shape, they are perfectly cooked. However, if you let them continue to cook, they will twist into an O-shape signifying they are overcooked. An easy way to remember this is C-shaped stands for “cooked” and O-shaped stands for “overcooked.”

Enjoy, friends!

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