October 28, 2012

Shrimp Scampi served over Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Who said pasta wasn't Paleo? Well, they were RIGHT! Who said your days of eating creamy sauces was a thing of the past? Well, they were RIGHT yet again! Who said you would no longer be able to enjoy a dish of Shrimp Scampi over "pasta"? Well......they were WRONG! Before going paleo, Shrimp Pasta was definitely on my list of "Things I would miss".
But if you don't know, now you know, Paleo Curls is all about defeating the odds. We pride ourselves on finding way to make things we use to enjoy eating fit our new Paleolithic lifestyle. Now we know there are some things that are absolutely NOT POSSIBLE and we are okay with that because that probably just means we shouldn't have it anyway. At the same time we are discovering that there are a lot more things that ARE POSSIBLE and that is our mission.

Seafood is not only a great source of protein , it can be prepared in an infinite number of ways and always comes out AMAZING. I love and adore seafood. I know I have said it before, but I really do! I could eat something from the sea every night of the week and NEVER get tired of it. I have been wanting to try and make some kind of shrimp pasta dish for a long time, wasn't quite sure how I was going to pull it off though. In my head I was picturing Red Lobster or Olive Garden style shrimp pasta...you know the one loaded with that white creamy cheesy Alfredo sauce. With cheese being totally out of the question I knew cheesy wasn't an option. With cream being out of the question I knew creamy wasn't an option. How was I going to pull this off?!?!?!?

The pasta making and shrimp cooking part was easy, it was the sauce that really through me for a loop. I knew I wasn't going to get a complete creamy sauce so I decided to go with more of a scampi style sauce. I wanted to use coconut milk as my base because whenever I cook with it, it always gives what I am making a nice rich flavor.  I'm not going to bore you with the story of how it all went down (you can read that in the recipe).

Sooooo to make a long story short I didn't end up with a super creamy white sauce (which was what I totally expected) but I did end up with a pretty darn tasty Shrimp Scampi sauce that paired well with my sauteed shrimp and spaghetti squash. It wasn't exactly no Olive Garden or Red Lobster style shrimp pasta.........it was BETTER!!!!
Scampi Sauce

Shrimp Scampi over Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Prep Time: 25-30 minutes                                            Cook Time: 50-65 minutes


Shrimp Scampi Sauce
1 can of Coconut Milk
2-3 Cloves of fresh garlic (chopped up)
1 tsp of lemon juice
1 tsp of dried oregano
1 tsp of dried cilantro
Garlic Powder (to taste)
1 Tbsp Dried Parsley Flakes
3-4 tbsp of clarified butter
Black Pepper (to taste)
Pinch of Sea Salt
1 tsp of olive oil

Spaghetti Squash
1 large spaghetti Squash
Olive Oil

1 pound of shrimp (peeled and devined)
2-3 glove of fresh garlic
Half of a small onion (finely chopped)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp of clarified butter
1 tbsp of olive oil

For Spaghetti Squash
  1. Cut spaghetti squash into halves length wise. Rub the rim of each half with olive oil and place face down on a baking sheet
  2. Place baking sheet into oven for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees.
  3. Remove spaghetti squash from the oven. The outside of the squash (the part facing you) should be soft. With a kitchen mitten or glove turn spaghetti squash over and scoop out insides with a fork.
  4. Set squash aside as it will be used later.

      For the Shrimp Scampi Sauce (make while your spaghetti squash is in the oven)
  1. Combine the can of coconut milk, chopped garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat.
  3. Allow it to simmer until the sauce has reached the nape stage, or when it can coat the back of a spoon. If it rolls right off of the back of a spoon, it isn’t ready yet.
  4. Allow your sauce to cool slightly.
  5. While sauce is cooling you can add the remaining ingredients including the cilantro, oregano, parsley and garlic powder.
  6. Place the mixture aside while you prepare the shrimp

      For the Shrimp
  1. In a large pot add garlic, onions, olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary and clarified butter. Simmer on high for 2-3 minutes, and then add shrimp.
  2. Once shrimp have turned from pink to opaque add shrimp scampi sauce.
  3. Allow shrimp and scampi sauce to simmer together for 6-7 minutes.
  4. Place spaghetti squash on plate and cover with shrimp and scampi sauce mixture.

     Spoon some of the warm cilantro garlic sauce over your spaghetti squash pasta and ENJOY!

Serves 2 people


  1. So so good! Thank you. I added some white wine to the shrimp. Great Date Night meal =)

    1. Lauren I am so glad you enjoyed this meal! It's so nice to get feedback from others who have tried our recipes!! Adding white wine sounds amazing!! That's something I am going to have to try next time :)

  2. Hello, this sounds delicious, but I have a question. If you are cooking your shrimp until opaque, and then simmering them in sauce for 6-7 minutes, don't they overcook and become tough? Typically, when I cook shrimp, it's a couple minutes on each side and they're done. I'd love your thorughts on this, since it's your recipe. Hoping to make it tonight!