Spicy Lobster Fettuccine
- Cook Time 30 minutes
- Serves 2 servings
- Difficulty Medium
LOW-CARB LOBSTER FETTUCCINE
Are you wondering how to make that hot date even spicier? This spicy lobster fettuccine is a delicious recipe that begs for a romantic dinner. (Of course, you can always enjoy low-carb lobster fettuccine on your own too).
This low-carb fettuccine recipe requires a little more cooking than some of our other It’s Skinny recipes, BUT it’s well worth the effort. Don’t worry—it only takes about half an hour to whip up this spicy lobster pasta recipe because we know you have other things to do with your time (*wink-wink*).
NOTHING SAYS ROMANCE LIKE SPICY LOBSTER FETTUCCINE
Is lobster the most romantic food out there? We have to say it’s pretty darn close. Oysters and scallops are popular “sexy” foods, but most people think of lobster for anniversaries, birthdays, and of course, Valentine’s Day.
First of all, lobsters are an appealing red color, which looks beautiful in a dish or on a plate. Secondly, lobsters are high in Omega-3s, which can boost health and libido. Finally, lobster is considered a luxury and a delicacy by most people. It feels special when you serve up lobster.
Lobsters weren’t always such a “fancy” food. Native Americans used lobster to fertilize their crops because it was so prevalent in coastal areas. During colonial times, lobster was often eaten by poor and impoverished people because it was easy to come by. It wasn’t until after the Civil War that people began to can and ship lobster meat inland.
Eventually, people’s craving for the unique food grew. Wealthy people would request live lobsters shipped across the country and onto their tables. Lobster fishing is a difficult and dangerous job, and as demand grew, so did the prices.
Today, lobster is still considered a special occasion food. It isn't difficult to prepare, but it's essential to purchase live lobster for the best flavor and result. You'll steam the lobster and remove the meat before adding it to the spicy sauce in this fettuccine dish.
Now, when we talk about aphrodisiacs, we can’t fail to mention hot peppers. If you want to spice up your sex life, add some hot peppers to your diet. Why? Hot peppers contain capsaicin, the chemical that causes the hot sensation when you bite into a chili or jalapeno. Capsaicin also heats up your body and stimulates nerve endings—meaning you become more sensitive to touch!
While you don’t want to overdo it on the spice (heartburn is decidedly unsexy), adding some heat to the sauce in this spicy lobster fettuccine recipe gives it a pleasant kick. You (and your date) will savor each bite of this creamy, tomato-rich, spicy dish.
LOW-CARB DOESN’T MEAN LOW-TASTE
How many of us throw in the towel on our diets during holidays? We've all heard that calories (or carbs) don't count on your birthday/Christmas/anniversary/Valentine's…and the list goes on. While this might seem like a fun way to live, it can stall your progress and derail your diet.
If you're on keto, it's challenging every time you reset your body back into ketosis. You might go through keto flu symptoms again or generally feel worn down, tired, and "off." It can also put you in a dangerous yo-yo pattern, where you lose the same five pounds over and over.
Diets shouldn’t be about deprivation, but they have to include some discipline. If you count every day as a “special occasion,” eventually, you’ll find that all those free days add up to weight gain.
Fortunately, you can stay on keto or any low-carb diet plan and still enjoy special dishes like this low-carb lobster Fettuccine. There’s absolutely no deprivation here. It’s all delicious, luxurious, and perfect for a romantic dinner. How do we include pasta in a low-carb dish? The answer is It's Skinny!
If you aren’t familiar with It’s Skinny Pasta, prepare to be excited! It’s Skinny is pasta, but better. It has ZERO net carbs, only 9 calories per pack, and it’s available in four varieties, perfect for any and all of your favorite dishes.
It’s Skinny gets those fantastic stats from an ingredient called konjac. Konjac is a plant commonly found in Asia and used in both Asian cooking and medicine. However, it had never taken off in the United States until recently, when people discovered shirataki pasta.
It’s Skinny shirataki noodles have the texture of traditional pasta but with ZERO net carbs. The flavor won’t overpower other ingredients in the dish because It’s Skinny takes on the surrounding flavors of the other ingredients. It’s Skinny Pasta is SO easy to work with. Don't wait for a large pot of water to boil, and no guessing when the pasta is al dente. Simply open the package, drain, and add it to your pan at the end of cooking. Give it two minutes or so to heat through, and you’re ready to enjoy a guilt-free plate of Pasta (or Rice).
It’s Skinny offers an ideal way to remake any Pasta or Rice dish you crave. Want takeout? You can use It’s Skinny to make Thai drunken noodles, low-carb fried Rice, and many other favorite dishes. Are you craving Italian? We have Italian recipes galore, including deconstructed lasagna and chicken piccata.
You can even enjoy It’s Skinny Rice in a breakfast scramble or as rice pudding. Keto dieters love It’s Skinny because the satiating glucomannan fiber fills them up and keeps their blood sugar steady, so there are no keto cravings.
It’s Skinny is also the secret to success for intermittent fasters. You can eat It's Skinny with a little bit of butter and salt, and it won't break your fast! It's perfect for those times when you're so hungry that you're ready to give up on your diet.
It's Skinny Pasta, and Rice is kosher, vegan, paleo-friendly, and more. It's ideal for carb-counters, keto dieters, and anyone who just wants a lighter Pasta or Rice option. It’s Skinny is available in four yummy styles: Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Angel Hair, and Rice. Order your favorite or try them all with a convenient variety pack.
If you’re ready to impress your date with your cooking prowess, It’s Skinny will keep you both feeling sexy, energized, and satisfied. There’s no carb coma here! Just a delicious dinner for two!
QUESTIONS ABOUT SPICY LOBSTER FETTUCCINE
Ready to try this spicy lobster fettuccine? For those new to cooking with lobster, it can be a little intimidating. Here are some tips and answers to help you make your dinner memorably delicious and gorgeous.
HOW DO I STEAM A WHOLE LOBSTER?
Steaming lobster can be a little bit overwhelming if you haven’t done it before. But once you try it, it couldn’t be easier. Buy lobsters from your local fishmonger or grocery store, where they're kept in tanks. Look for an active lobster. When you're ready to cook, put the lobster in a pot of boiling water with a steaming basket to steam them for 2-3 minutes. The meat will still be raw, but you can easily remove it from the shell. Use kitchen shears or a knife to separate the meat from the hard exterior.
Some people are concerned about boiling or steaming live lobster. If you prefer, you can freeze the lobster for 30 minutes before steaming it to sedate them. Otherwise, you can purchase raw fresh lobster tails and use the meat from the tails for this dish.
HOW CAN I TONE DOWN THE SPICE? HOW CAN I SPICE THIS DISH UP EVEN MORE?
If you prefer the idea of “less is more” when it comes to spice, you can take it down a notch by omitting the red pepper flakes and cutting back on the number of hot cherry peppers. Try using a few mini red peppers instead. These will add sweetness and flavor without the heat.
You can also play with other varieties of peppers like fresno chile, hatch, or jalapenos. To kick up the heat, increase the red pepper flakes or add a spicy cayenne. Just be sure that your date is on board with the extra spiciness.
IS THERE ANOTHER CHEESE I COULD SWAP FOR MASCARPONE?
Mascarpone cheese is an Italian classic soft cheese. It’s used in tiramisu and many other Italian dishes. Most grocery stores these days carry mascarpone, but if you can’t find any (or you aren’t a fan), you have a few options to substitute for mascarpone cheese.
Cream cheese is the most classic substitute for mascarpone. They're similar in texture and flavor, although cream cheese is slightly thicker (you could thin it with some cream). Ricotta cheese would also work here. Small-curd or whipped cottage cheese would also be a good mascarpone swap in a pinch. If you prefer, you could also use goat cheese for a different flavor.
HOW TO MAKE LOW-CARB LOBSTER FETTUCCINE
If you’re ready to try your hand at this romantic dish (even if it’s just a day to treat yourself), it’s easy. The silky sauce takes a little extra time, but the flavor makes it all worth the effort. Don’t be intimidated by cooking lobster—once you’ve mastered it, you’ll be ready to enjoy lobster in all kinds of recipes!
WATCH CHEF MICHELE MAKE THIS DATE-NIGHT LOBSTER FETTUCCINE RECIPE ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL!
NUTRITION INFORMATION FOR SPICY LOBSTER FETTUCCINE
- Fettuccine | It's Skinny
- 1 package It's Skinny Fettuccine meat from 1 lobster
- 5 hot cherry peppers
- 1/2 shallot
- 1 clove garlic
- 1-2 cups of marinara sauce (your favorite brand)
- - Fresh basil
- - Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup mascarpone cheese
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice and zest
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- - salt & pepper to taste