Our shrimp piccata recipe will help you recreate this addictively rich and saucy dish with a healthy twist.
Piccata Dishes — Naturally Delicious
You've probably heard of 'chicken piccata,' a popular dish in the United States. It's butterflied chicken breasts that have been shallow-fried to perfection, then finished with a thick sauce of cream, milk, lemon juice, and seasonings. This is the definition of piccata as a food genre — any meat that’s made flat, not necessarily breaded, and cooked in such a sauce. This is a brilliant idea, in our opinion.
Creamy sauces are notorious for being very appealing at first, but no matter how flavorful, they will quickly tire the palate. This effect, however, appears to be counteracted when there is some tanginess. The entire 'piccata' genre cleverly exploits each flavor’s strengths and weaknesses, transforming simple ingredients into a one-size-fits-all kind of sauce.
Shrimp Piccata — A Bright and Rich Delicacy
In today’s recipe, the plump shrimp are swimming in this flavorful sauce. Naturally savory and juicy, shrimp is indeed the perfect protein choice. They are already bite-sized, so no pounding is required. Like our Tuscan shrimp, it’s super easy to throw together and requires basic equipment.
The ‘healthy twist’ we mentioned is spinach. With plenty of fiber, B vitamins, iron, calcium, and more, spinach is a nutrient-dense food that enhances the dish’s nutritional value.
In this recipe, the shrimp is cooked with cream and milk. While food diversity should be encouraged, cream and milk are high in saturated fats, which we need to regulate. Long-term overconsumption of saturated fats, for instance, has been found to raise LDL cholesterol levels.
Therefore, we examined the saturated fats, calories, and sodium content of this dish and reduced the salt, cream, milk, and the portion size. Our chefs also made sure these adjustments are efficient, making the dish enjoyable as well.
The Ingredients for This Shrimp Piccata
The simplest piccata sauce consists of butter, garlic, cream, milk, lemon juice, flour, salt, and black pepper. Our shrimp piccata recipe calls for a few extra ingredients responsible for major changes in taste:
Capers pack an impeccable tartness and saltiness that cannot be replicated by any other ingredient. Because of this, they became a popular addition to piccata dishes and, in a sense, redefined the term 'piccata.'
With its subtle smoky flavor, paprika adds just the right amount of depth to this shrimp piccata. Paprika does not add heat, so if spice is your thing, you can add cayenne pepper in addition to paprika.
We serve the shrimp and sauce with spaghetti, but with so many options available, we encourage you to try it with any type of pasta you prefer. We think anything with a wide surface like fettuccine, farfalle, or rigatoni holds plenty of sauce and works best.
Our recipe also includes spinach, not just for nutrients but also for the texture. The soft texture of spinach holds plenty of flavors and is quite unlike other vegetables, making it a versatile veg choice.
Storage and Reheating the Leftovers
The leftovers, shrimp and pasta, should be stored in separate containers before being placed in the refrigerator. Properly preserved, both can last for up to 4 days in the fridge, and up to 3 months in the freezer.
The shrimp and sauce can be reheated easily in a saucepan with a little water. If frozen, they will take about 2-3 minutes longer to reheat.
The pasta should be placed in boiling water for about 1 minute or until softened.
What to Serve With Shrimp Piccata
We found that this dish pairs nicely with this burrata salad. The salad features crunchy croutons and a giant ball of creamy, melty cheese; both of which have awesome textures and complement shrimp piccata very well. The two would go great with a fresh, cool, and sweet drink, and we think our watermelon cucumber juice would be it.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
A delicious twist on the classic Italian dish! It combines the light and refreshing flavors of lemon, white wine and capers to create a perfect balance.