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dairy free shrimp pasta in bowl on table with fork in it.

Healthy Dairy Free Shrimp Pasta

  • Author: Rachael
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Imagine if shrimp scampi, piccata & marsala had a baby - the perfect marriage of a healthy comforting dish!

This easy shrimp pasta recipe has a savory dairy free sauce which is loaded with immune boosting ingredients. Perfectly broil the shrimp from frozen - no defrosting or seasoning required! Make it with your favorite pasta - gluten free optional. 


  • 14 small frozen shrimp (1/2 pound) *make sure they are peeled, deveined with tails removed*
  • 8 ounces spaghetti pasta (Jovial is my favorite gluten free brand but use your favorite past of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, sliced thin or minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup fresh oyster or baby bella mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (from the skin of 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 cup chicken bone broth 
  • 1/2 cup marsala wine 
  • 2 tablespoons capers 
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Cook the shrimp: cook from fresh or frozen -
    1. From frozen: Preheat oven broiler to high and put in an empty metal baking pan so that it heats up in the oven for at least 10 minutes. Rinse the frozen shrimp in cold water to separate any shrimp that are frozen together. Place the shrimp on the hot pan and broil in the oven for 6 minutes. The shrimp should sizzle when they are placed on the hot pan. You'll know the shrimp are cooked if they are white and no longer opaque. Make sure they are peeled, deveined with tails removed. 
    2. Fresh: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, remove the pot from the heat and add the shrimp. Cover the pot and let the shrimp cook in the hot water for 5 minutes. Place the shrimp into a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes. Make sure they are peeled, deveined with tails removed. 
  2. Cook pasta: Cook pasta according to directions and set aside. 
  3. Saute onions, garlic and mushrooms: Add avocado oil to a large pan and heat on medium for 2 minutes until hot. Add onions, garlic and mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure they don't burn. 
  4. Add wine: Pour in wine and bring to a simmer for 3 minutes or until the wine has reduced by half.
  5. Add remaining ingredients: Add shrimp, broth, lemon juice, capers, spinach (optional), sea salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes (optional). Simmer for 2 minutes. 
  6. Assemble: Add cooked pasta, lemon zest and optionally top with dairy free parmesan. Enjoy!


  • Shrimp - make sure they are peeled, deveined with tails removed. 
  • Marsala wine substitutes - use a dry white wine (sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio or chardonnay) or substitute for an additional 1/4 cup broth.
  • Avocado oil substitute - any oil or butter product.
  • Bone broth substitute - any broth (vegetable, beef, chicken). 
  • This dish is super versatile - swap in your favorite vegetables or omit them all together! 
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: gluten free scampi, dairy free shrimp pasta, healthy shrimp pasta