15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi

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You'll love this 15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi recipe! It is full of amazing lemon-garlic flavor like traditional shrimp scampi, but made much lighter than the traditional version.

15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Toto, there’s no place like home.

I had a blast spending this past week with good friends in Utah.  But boy, it always feels good to come home.

And after catching up on work, I decided to have an introverted night (especially after spending a week of 24/7-ness with friends) and indulge my favorite “comforts” of home.  I turned on my favorite music.  I lit some yummy candles.  I watched (and choked up over) back-to-back episodes of Parenthood and Nashville that I had missed last week.  I snuggled with my sweet little pup.  And of course, I made some comfort food — pasta.

Actually, I made a new macaroni and cheese recipe that’s coming on the blog next week (get ready!).  And then I edited the photos from this fabulous skinny shrimp scampi that I made last week, and then I resolved to go out and get some shrimp and make another batch this weekend.  Because this shrimp scampi recipe is a total winner.  And it can be made in just 15 minutes.  And believe it or not, it’s also “skinny”.

Here’s the scoop.  (Or maybe I should say, the “skinny”…)

15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Shrimp scampi is traditionally a dish made with shrimp in a lemon-garlic-butter sauce served over pasta — heavy on the pasta, and heavy on the butter.  But when I make shrimp scampi, I like to flip that equation and go heavier on the lemon and heavier on the garlic.  You totally don’t need tons of butter to have tons of flavor!  Nor do you need an enormous portion of pasta.  In fact, if you really want to go healthy with this dish, try serving it over quinoa or spaghetti squash for a change.  Or my favorite — mix in some extra spinach and veggies in place of more pasta.

But for you traditionalists who are looking for a lighter approach, here’s how I like to make skinny shrimp scampi.

15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

First, begin by prepping those ingredients.  The main two you need are lots of fresh garlic and a pound of peeled and de-veined shrimp.  You can use the shrimp with the little tails still attached if you want for “looks”, but I prefer 100% peeled.

15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Start by melting 1 tablespoon of butter.  Yep, that’s all we’re using in this one.  Most traditional recipes call for an entire stick of butter, but I don’t think you’ll miss it.

15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Then add the garlic and shallot and saute for a minute or two until fragrant.

15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Add the shrimp, and immediately season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.  And don’t skimp on those red pepper flakes — they add great depth of flavor.

15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Once the shrimp are cooked and pink, add in some chicken stock, white wine, lemon juice and zest.

15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Let it all sizzle and cook for an additional minute.

15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Then remove the pan from the heat and scoop up all of that shrimp. You can either serve the shrimp on their own…15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

…or served over some pasta.

Either way, be sure to sprinkle the shrimp with some chopped fresh parsley and parmesan for an extra kick.  The result is a light and delicious garlic-lemon shrimp pasta, minus the tablespoons upon tablespoons of butter and calories that usually come with it.

Oh, and did I mention this can be ready to go in about 15 minutes (once your pasta water is ready to go)?  Yet one more reason why this falls into the comfort food category in my book.  In no time, you get straight to the “comfort”.  ;)

Hope you enjoy this one!

15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Skinny Shrimp Scampi

This skinny shrimp scampi is big on flavor, but much lower on fat and calories than the traditional version.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces whole-wheat pasta noodles (I used linguine)
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled with tails removed and patted dry
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 Tbsp. white wine
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • toppings: chopped fresh parsley and (optional) freshly-grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, heat butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add shallot and garlic and saute for 2 minutes, or until fragrant, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and immediately season (sprinkle) with crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Continue sauteing the shrimp with the garlic for about 3-4 minutes, or until pink on both sides and no longer opaque.

Add in the chicken stock, wine, lemon juice and lemon zest, and stir to combine. Let the mixture continue cooking for an additional minute to boil down, then remove from heat.

Drain the pasta, and serve topped with the shrimp scampi. Sprinkle with desired toppings.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Nina Lentini — December 6, 2015 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    Excellent recipe! I gorged and the next day was down half a pound! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 7th, 2015 @ 11:24 am

      Thanks Nina, we’re so glad you enjoyed it! :)

  2. Amanda — December 7, 2015 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    I love cooking skinny versions of things, and a little kick, but this was WAY too spicy! I would recommend 1/4 tsp both pepper and red pepper flakes. I plowed through dinner with some bread to cut the spice, but that sort of defeats the purpose. :(

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 8th, 2015 @ 11:07 am

      We’re sorry to hear you found this too spicy Amanda! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  3. Marilyn — January 19, 2016 @ 6:02 pm (#)

    My lips are on fire

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 20th, 2016 @ 2:11 pm

      We’re sorry you found this too spicy Marilyn! :( If you’re sensitive to heat, you might want to do just 1/4 tsp or 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes next time.

  4. Freddy Oldenburg — January 27, 2016 @ 9:23 pm (#)

    Made this tonight and it was great, light, and different from the usual pasta and red sauce!

    1. Don’t use any pepper of any kind. I love hot/spicy food and this had a kick. My friends were unable to eat it.
    2. Have all of the ingredients pre-measured and ready to go. Shrimp cooks fast, so it will make it easier on you.
    3. Scampi is meant to be more garlicky, so I’d add another clove.

    Indulge on, readers! :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 28th, 2016 @ 8:18 am

      Thanks for sharing your tips Freddy, we’re glad you enjoyed this! :)

  5. betty — February 1, 2016 @ 12:23 pm (#)

    can you give the portion in your recipes just like the 21day fix program? ex. how many green, red etc.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 1st, 2016 @ 12:46 pm

      Hi Betty! This recipe yields 4-6 servings. Unfortunately, we aren’t familiar with the 21 day fix program, and as far as portions and nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe go, we are not sure. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  6. Cari T — February 24, 2016 @ 5:50 pm (#)

    Thanks for the recipe– made this tonight and I LOVED the flavor. Unfortunately I am currently stuck in the desert where the amount of available fresh seafood is basically nothing so I had to use frozen. Even when thawed, so much water cooked out that by the time I had anything resembling sauce (as opposed to shrimpy lemon-water), the shrimp was so, so over cooked…..I plan to make this again, but do the sauce without the shrimp, and then toss those in after the sauce has had time to, well, sauce.  And if I ever get back to a place that has actual seafood counters, I think the lemony sauce and pasta would be awesome topped with some skewers of giant grilled shrimp.  Sorry, I’m rambling….anyway even though this first time wasn’t totally perfect, thanks for lightening up one of my favorite guilty pleasures!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 24th, 2016 @ 8:13 pm

      Hi Cari! We’re glad you enjoyed this — thanks for giving it a try! We’re sorry about the shrimp, but we think your plan to do the shrimp separately (since you’re using frozen) is a good idea.

  7. tinatalker — March 6, 2016 @ 7:59 pm (#)

    Yum! the only thing I didn’t have on hand was a shallot, so it was skipped. More garlic didn’t hurt. Hubby and I I both love spice so the heat level was perfect on this for us. We served over rice, and sauteed some snow peas quickly in the same pan once the shrimp were done and into a serving dish. Timing on cooking was spot on for 31-35 shrimp. Fresh lemon is key; that makes you miss the massive amounts of butter. Definitely do a mise-en-place as this all comes together very quickly, and have the rest of your meal ready to go as well. Will for sure make again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 7th, 2016 @ 3:46 pm

      Thanks for sharing Tina! We’re glad you and your husband enjoyed this! :)

  8. Amanda — April 14, 2016 @ 6:49 pm (#)

    Made this for dinner tonight! Super yummy but found 1tsp of crushed red pepper was a bit too much. Will definitely make again with a bit less. Thank you for sharing :-)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 16th, 2016 @ 10:19 pm

      We’re happy you enjoyed it Amanda, though we’re sorry it was a bit too spicy!

  9. Angélique — April 19, 2016 @ 12:33 am (#)

    I Loved This! I’d add another clove of garlic. The heat was just right for me. After a 5 mile run my body loved the carbs. Plus there’s so much flavor that my boyfriend didn’t notice that I cut back on the serving size. We are currently trying to eat healthier and lose wieght. You don’t even notice that you’ve cooked lighter. Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 19th, 2016 @ 9:05 am

      Thanks for sharing Angelique — we’re so glad you two enjoyed this! :)

  10. Adam Shed — April 29, 2016 @ 12:18 am (#)

    I referenced your post for scampi on our blog. Great Job! We just got our blog accepted into a business accelerator, incubator and we will be drawing on lots of other sites for inspiration including yours. Don’t worry, we are in the Thai niche so not a direct competitor and we will send you some loving for this inspiring post and hope you would reciprocate somewhere down the line. :)
    Great Blog!!
    http://healthythairecipes.com/healthier-thai-basil-shrimp-scampi/

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 29th, 2016 @ 3:37 pm

      We’re glad you were inspired by our shrimp scampi! Your Thai version looks delicious! :)

  11. Emily — July 13, 2016 @ 9:00 am (#)

    This was amazing! I opted for olive oil instead of butter, and completely forgot to add the chicken broth, but it still turned out fantastic! Even my fiance loved it and he might be the world’s pickiest eater!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 13th, 2016 @ 3:12 pm

      Thank you Emily — we’re glad to hear it was a hit, especially with your fiancé! :)

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