15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi

January 24, 2014 by Ali

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

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 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


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.

Here are some other “skinny” favorites on the blog:

Skinny Taco Salad | gimmesomeoven.com

Skinny Taco Salad

Skinny Orange Chicken | gimmesomeoven.com

Skinny Orange Chicken

Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo

Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup | gimmesomeoven.com

Skinny Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

filed in Entrees, Pastas, Seafood

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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34 thoughts on “15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi

  1. Im making this tonight–thanks!

    - Melanie

  2. Hi! This looks delicious, but my mom is allergic to alcohol even when cooked off in food. Any way I could skip that step and it still turn out okay? Or a substitute? Any tips would be appreciated!!!

    - Laura

  3. This is really good! Definitely a keeper! We put it over rice with a side of broccoli (with the sauce on it) and it was awesome!

    - Jennie

  4. Thanks for a delicious recipe! Made this for dinner tonight and it was delightful. I usually overcook the shrimp but these were perfect.

    - Corina

  5. Oh, this dish looks so flavorful, I can’t wait to try it out :)

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  6. This was amazing! Not only was this a healthier version of one of my faves, the flavor was superior to any shrimp scampi I have had. This recipe is now in full rotation on my dinner menus. Thanks, Ali!! Keep up the incredible work :)

    - Alaina

  7. Looks so good Ali! I shouldn’t have looked at this on an empty stomach :)

    - gina @ skinnytaste

  8. So nice and simple and so good!

    - Kevin @ Closet Cooking

  9. Love the idea of using shrimp for a pasta dish, so simple and delicious.


    - Tereza

  10. I love shrimp scampi! This doesn’t even look lightened up!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  11. Skinny Shrimp Scampi in minutes…sold! It looks delish!

    - Paula – bell’alimento

  12. Yummy! One of my favorites!

    - Arthur in the Garden!

  13. This looks so amazingly delicious! The fact that it is simple, too, is just icing on the cake! Pinning it now…

    - Carole

  14. This looks delicious, Ali! It’s been PINNED!

    - Becca from It's Yummi!

  15. This is such a beautiful, bright, vibrant dish, Ali and your gorgeous photos capture it perfectly. I love that it’s a healthier version of one of my favourite pasta dishes. I’m definitely adding this to my weeknight dinner rotation!

    - Nancy @ gottagetbaked

  16. Shrimp scampi is one of my favorite meals, love your skinny version!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  17. So gorgeous! Love how quick it is!

    - Nicole

  18. This looks so refreshing, Ali! Definitely a must!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  19. Perfect! I love the lemony garlic and parm going on. Gotta have some shrimp now ASAP!

    - Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily

  20. This looks so scrumptious and easy. I need more easy meals in my life right now. This is going on the menu!

    - Emily @ Life on Food

  21. oh, this looks yummy and simple! gotta remember to avoid your blog during my lunch!

    - melinda

  22. So pretty and simple! Definitely saving this to share with MIL when she visits.

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  23. And so continues my food envy, Miss Ali. My mom is from the school of shrimp scampi hard knocks – a whole stick of butter and a whole lotta deliciousness. I’d like to lighten it up a bit and your recipe seems like the perfect solution :)

    - Brie @ Entrée the Giant

  24. Hello yummy! I love shrimp scampi, but I don’t remember the last time that I have eaten it because, well, the butter…
    This lightened up version has “eat me” written alll over it…and it’s ready to go in 15? I <3 you.
    P.s the lighting in these photos = flawless.

    - Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness