15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi

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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 1x


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



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


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of generously-salted water until al dente, according to package instructions.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Drain the pasta, and serve topped with the shrimp scampi. Sprinkle with desired toppings.

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145 comments on “15-Minute Skinny Shrimp Scampi”

  1. 3 stars
    I made it by the recipe. Too much garlic,and I’m Italian. You put the shrimp in way too soon. It only takes 3 min. Other than tha it was great.

    • Hey Bill,
      I’m awfully late with the feedback, sorry. But come on! There is no such thing as too much garlic when you’re Italian! :) This was delicious, thank you so much for posting such a scrumptious recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This is one of our favorite meals. Always turns out greats nd it’s healthy!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this tonight it was simple and the flavor is amazing. I may have used those extra red pepper flakes. Whoa but so good! Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this recipe and it turned out great. I served it with steamed broccoli and that completed the meal. I will make this one again.

  5. 5 stars
    So quick and easy to make and so delicious! A great Friday night Lent dinner!

  6. 5 stars
    I just made this recipe today. It was easy and tasted like a high class restaurant made it. I added fresh asparagus to the dish.

  7. Love this! I am a single woman so I changed up the portions…half a pound of shrimp and just 6 ounces of pasta! I also DOUBLED the wine, chicken stock, and lemon juice to allow enough to be leftover to swirl my pasta in but left the butter at 1 tablespoon for the shrimp…SO GOOD! This should make 4 generous portions and will be my meal prep for the week but I cant stop eating it out of the pan! lol

  8. Anybody calculate the WW Freestyle points?

  9. 5 stars
    Excellent flavor !! Made this for my family- served theirs over pasta -all boys – served mine over zucchini noodles and red peppers 💙 will definitely make this again !!!

  10. 5 stars
    Delicious! We loved it and will be making it many more times! Easy and tasty!

  11. I’m going to try it. My BF is going to love it. And Me lol

  12. Was in a hurry and wanted just enough for 2 so eyeballed most ingredients. Sooo good, wish I’d made enough for leftovers!

  13. I loved it!! I needed a low calorie recipe and this was perfect. So easy to make. Thank you!

  14. I have made this skinny shrimp scampi many times. My family loves it. I often use spaghetti squash instead of pasta.

  15. Made this recipe exactly as directed. It was simply amazing. The dish is fresh tasting and yummy. A keeper.

  16. Do you know how many calories are in a serving?

  17. Yeah, sounds super yummy! The more garlic the better. But how many calories a serving? Hubby needs to stay under 500. Please someone answer. He’d really like to try this recipe.

  18. So yummy. I added capers. Served it over zoodles