The early months of summer practically beg you start cooking and dining outdoors. After months spent huddling indoors due to cold weather, everyone is itching to spend as much time in the fresh air as possible. Plus, the warm weather hasn't yet heated up to the boiling temperatures of the peak summer months. That means it's time to take advantage of this ideal weather and enjoy flavors of the season.
Along with the perfect weather for dining on the patio comes fresh summer recipes to try throughout this special time of year. One such dish is shrimp scampi, a classic and surprisingly simple meal to make that's sure to impress any crowd. It's full of bright summery ingredients like seafood, tomatoes, garlic, white wine, lemon, and basil for a savory dish perfect for any occasion. Try your hand at one of these shrimp scampi recipes and enjoy a meal outside with good company.
Paleo Shrimp Scampi With Beet Noodles
The Recipe: Paleo Shrimp Scampi With Beet Noodles
The Hero Ingredient: Beets. Instead of traditional angel hair pasta, the shrimp scampi recipe calls for beet noodles. You can make them yourself using a spiralizer and then whip up the rest of the ingredients all in one pan.
The Pro-Tip: Cassy Joy Garcia of Fed + Fit recommends using golden beets because their color closely resembles normal pasta. You'll also want to keep the beet skins on in order to reap all of their health benefits.
Traditional Shrimp Scampi
The Recipe: Shrimp Scampi Pasta
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh tomatoes make this dish perfect for summer. Pick ripe tomatoes from the market and combine them with fresh garlic, basil, white wine, lemon, shrimp, and parmesan cheese to complete the dish.
The Pro-Tip: Make this recipe with a low-carb pasta for a healthy twist and less time in the kitchen. According to Heidi Larsen of Foodie Crush, low-carb pasta actually cooks faster than traditional noodles.
Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti Squash
The Recipe: Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti Squash
The Hero Ingredient: Spaghetti squash. Trade in noodles for baked spaghetti squash for a low-carb shrimp scampi option. You'll still make a delicious butter, white wine, and lemon sauce, but the vegetable base makes this dish so much healthier.
The Pro-Tip: Toss in some saffron threads for a hint of smokiness. "You can never go wrong with fresh herbs," Caroline Caron-Phelps of Pickled Plum says.
Shrimp Scampi Flatbread
The Recipe: Grilled Shrimp Scampi Flatbreads
The Hero Ingredient: Naan bread. Upgrade traditional shrimp scampi from a pasta dish to an inspired flatbread creation that's grilled to perfection. Use naan or your favorite flatbread to replicate this recipe.
The Pro-Tip: Pick up some storebought naan from the market to make this recipe as simple as possible. "It's a great weeknight meal, but can also be served to a crowd for a weekend get together," says Jenny Park of Spoon Fork Bacon.
Shrimp Scampi With Arugula Pesto
The Recipe: Shrimp Pasta With Arugula Pesto
The Hero Ingredient: Homemade pesto sauce. This play on shrimp scampi wouldn't be complete without the fresh and fragrant flavors of an arugula pesto sauce.
The Pro-Tip: Kate Kordsmeier of Root + Revel likes to toss in additional seafood like mussels, clams, or scallops to give the dish a little something extra.
Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Scampi with Avocado Sauce
The Recipe: Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Scampi With Avocado Sauce
The Hero Ingredient: Zucchini. Another low-carb pasta option, spiralize a zucchini to make a rich vegetable base for your shrimp scampi dish.
The Pro-Tip: If you don't have a spiralizer, you can thinly slice a zucchini with a mandolin, then slice the pieces a second time to achieve a similar shape and size, according to Amy Stafford of a Healthy Life for Me.
Skinny Shrimp Scampi
The Recipe: Skinny Shrimp Scampi
The Hero Ingredient: Lemon. Instead of overloading on butter to make a traditional shrimp scampi sauce, this recipe called for extra lemon and garlic to compensate for less butter. You'll be left with all the flavor and far fewer calories.
The Pro-Tip: Add in extra spinach or veggies in place of some pasta for an even healthier twist, Ali Martin of Gimme Some Oven suggests.
Zucchini Shrimp Scampi
The Recipe: Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles
The Hero Ingredient: No shrimp scampi recipe would be complete without fresh shrimp. This recipe calls for all the traditional ingredients like garlic, white wine, butter, lemon, and cherry tomatoes to go along with the shrimp, but instead of pasta, it uses spiralized zucchini.
The Pro-Tip: Add your grilled shrimp back in the pan while you prepare the sauce to get the flavors just right, according to Krista Rollins of Joyful Healthy Eats.
Whether you're in the mood for something healthy or decadent, you'll be able to celebrate summer outside on the patio with these shrimp scampi recipes