Skinny Shrimp Scampi ~ #SundaySupper

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Skinny Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Remember the retro version of Shrimp Scampi that’s dripping in a butter wine sauce and loaded with the heady aroma and taste of tons of garlic… then it’s heaped over a big plate of cooked linguine that is literally floating in that butter wine sauce? Sounds good, right? You know it does 😉

What if I told you that you can have all those same big, bold flavors but without all those “dripping with butter calories”? Well, you CAN and I’m here to share my recipe for this week’s “retro recipe” installment of #SundaySupper with this lightened up version of Shrimp Scampi that doesn’t skimp on any of the flavors you’ve come to expect!


2 medium shallots, minced
1 tablespoon canola oil
2-3 heaping tablespoons garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 1/4 pounds raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 lemon, before juicing)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
2 tablespoons fresh, chopped parsley
2 cups instant brown rice (cooked as package directs)

-In a large skillet over medium heat, sweat the shallots and garlic in the canola oil for approximately 3-4 minutes.
-Add the butter and the red pepper flakes to the pan and continue cooking an additional minute, stirring occasionally.
-Add in the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Continue to stir and coat the shrimp with the shallot and garlic oil. Cook the shrimp over medium heat until the they have turned an opaque pink color and have just curled up in size (approximately 5-7 minutes). Be careful not to overcook the shrimp or they be be rubbery in texture.
-Turn down the heat to low and add the lemon zest and juice to the pan. Stir to combine.
-Serve shrimp and sauce over the brown rice and sprinkle with the fresh, chopped parsley.

And this is how the ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan!

This recipe was so flavorful and delicious that my taste buds were doing the happy dance in my mouth! Plus from stove top to table, it took only about 15 minutes (not including the peeling and deveining of the shrimp) so it’s perfect for any evening that you really want to impress people, (even if it is your own family 🙂

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  1. Renee…. I love Shrimp Scampi and can't wait to try this skinny version….it looks fabulous.
    I also want that gorgeous platter!

  2. Love Shrimp Scampi! This looks wonderful!! Yummy!

  3. I love shrimp scampi but I have never had it over rice. I am going to have to try that the next time I make it!

  4. OMG. This looks/sounds amazing! I love shrimp scampi… in fact, I love shrimp anything and I'm excited to try this.

  5. YUM! And did you say I can be skinny? 😉

  6. I bet the fresh herbs are a huge plus!

  7. I absolutely adore shrimp scampi, it's one of my favorites. This version sounds wonderful!

  8. My husband would definitely want to get in on the action with this scampi – he loves anything with shrimp! Looks fantastic.

  9. I love that you made shrimp scampi healthier. I do love it and served over brown rice is a great idea.

  10. This is a perfect twist on the buttery shrimp! The flavors are wonderful. And brown rice is a favorite of mine.

  11. Finally a scampi not swimming in butter! Delish

  12. Love your skinny scampi!!

  13. Gorgeous! Love that it's not swimming in butter but still gets the essential flavors in!

  14. Shrimp scampi is a favorite in our house, love this lightened up version!

  15. Can you believe I've never had shrimp scampi? This looks wonderful!

  16. Dawn Goerger

    Can' t wait to try it!

  17. Shrimp Scampi! I remember my mom getting this when we went out to eat as a kid 🙂

  18. This shrimp scampi looks wonderful. I love that you made it lighter.

  19. Ron would love this!

  20. I like the addition of shallots in your scampi. It must have tasted very good.

  21. Yum yum yum – I adore shrimp scampi! I love the lighter twist you gave this classic dish, Renee. I can't wait to make this!

  22. Adding this to my rotation of weeknight shrimp dishes. It sounds so good!

  23. Delicious & quick meal. Fantastic!!! I very much like your lightened version ~ Bea @ galactosemia in pdx

  24. I was looking for a simple shrimp recipe, this one looks delicious to me! Added in my trial list!

  25. I always get shrimp scampi when we go to Red Lobster but it's loaded in butter. This looks more delicious and way easier on the waistline!

  26. I love how rice is included with this scampi recipe.

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