15 Minute Shrimp Scampi

15 Minute Shrimp Scampi

Idea #54 for using up the leftover blender lemonade pieces: adding a bright lemon kick to this buttery-garlic Shrimp Scampi! I really meant it when I told you to keep that stuff.

Think about this combination for a sec. Shrimp, butter, and garlic. Garlic, butter, and white wine. White wine, fresh parsley, and juicy little lemon pieces. Lemon pieces, sea salt, and pepper. And of course, butter, a pile of thin noodles, and a pinch of Parmesan cheese. It’s like all of summer’s best flavors combined with my favorite “meat” (I’m looking at you, shrimpers) and the most cozy kind of comfort food (a large bowl of delicate cappellini noodles).

I should add that although the word butter made four appearances in that description, this Shrimp Scampi is not necessarily really butter-loaded unhealthy. In fact, in my personal Pinch of Yum handbook this is a winner for something low-ish in calories, high in refreshing flavor, and still totally craveable for those need-a-big-bowl-of-noodles-NOW kind of nights.

15 Minute Shrimp Scampi

This weekend we had the privilege of hosting Alex and Sonja of A Couple Cooks for breakfast, AND Steph and Elliot of Girl Versus Dough for dinner. It was a blast and we are so thankful that these lovely blogger friends were willing to spend time in our little home with us even though we don’t have air conditioning or matching dessert plates.

What I realized about myself after spending time with these relaxed, organized people is that I’m a procrastinator to the max and therefore I’m rarely relaxed or organized. Read: mental train wreck of thoughts, ideas, to-dos, urgent to-dos, etc. I’d like to change that.

Both of these couples ate so slowly, so carefully, so… beautifully? How’s that for a weird eating descriptor? and I can neither confirm nor deny that I myself am some kind of non-careful speedy cavewoman eater. I had to mentally coach myself through a casual and normal paced meal. This is what happens when you have classy people over – you realize that you want to be classy, too.

15 Minute Shrimp Scampi

Becoming Classy Girl who takes her time and does things beautifully, comfortably, and ahead of schedule might be semi-attainable for me someday, buuut there’s no time like the present for embracing that deep down I am actually Time-Saving Girl who loves to make a weeknight dinner in a speedy flash of 15 minutes.

That’s why I make recipes like this.

In addition to being both summery fresh and comfort-foodish, and being a major winner with Bjork, it’s fast (literally 15 minutes fast if you are also of Time-Saving personality), super easy, and light. Just 340 calories. And by the way, the version pictured on this post? It’s gluten free. No, I’m not GF but I don’t know, sometimes I like to try new things. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? This is good on so many levels.

15 Minute Shrimp Scampi

4.8 from 6 reviews
15 Minute Shrimp Scampi
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, shells and tails removed (see notes)
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter (can add more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • ¼ cup minced lemon pieces*
  • 8 ounces uncooked capellini noodles (I used Jovial gluten free)
  • a handful of fresh chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. First five minutes: shrimp. Start a pot of boiling water for the noodles. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a small skillet. Press the excess moisture out of the shrimp (especially if they were originally frozen) and place them in the hot skillet. Don't move them around right away - let them cook for 1-2 minutes before flipping them over to cook on the other side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper while still in the pan. When the shrimp are cooked through, remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Second five minutes: sauce and noodles. Put the noodles in the boiling water and cook as directed on the package. In the skillet used earlier, add the garlic and butter and reduce the heat to medium. Saute for 3 minutes, stirring continuously, until the garlic is soft and fragrant. The garlic will taste bad if it gets burned so be careful! Add the wine and allow to cook down (simmer until there is less liquid) for a few minutes. Add the lemon pieces and saute for another 1-2 minutes. Finally, add the shrimp back to the skillet just to warm it up again.
  3. Last five minutes: assemble. Drain the noodles and return to the saucepan. Add the shrimp/lemon/garlic mixture and the fresh parsley. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and top with a tiny bit of Parmesan cheese.
Notes
*I used frozen raw shrimp that still had the shell on so I had to spend a few minutes peeling the shells off. I also chose to remove the tails which was nice because then we didn't have to worry about removing the tails while we were eating.


*I used pieces from the leftover blender lemonade. You could recreate this by finely chopping a little bit of lemon (rind and everything) or jjust use ½ tablespoons lemon juice and a spoon full of zest. You can easily adjust this depending on how lemony you want it to taste.


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Comments

  1. Ha! Never before have I been accused of being a classy eater… not sure what you were watching. Thanks again for hosting — we had a great time!

  2. It is always nice to have shrimp ready in the freezer and a quick recipe up one’s sleeve! Scampi is my favorite go to recipe!

  3. Sounds perfect! Just enough buttery deliciousness for me. And I am just lazy enough to love this decadent quick fix!

  4. Such a gorgeous meal. I could eat a giant bowl of this every night. It is perfect!

  5. I love this recipe, especially with soba noodles (my favorites!)

  6. Um, you are just the sweetest. We so enjoyed spending time with you guys and you were such great hosts. Also, I was definitely putting on my “classy eating” front with that meal because, let’s be real, I wanted to eat all the things in 2.5 seconds. :)

  7. Looks delicious! I’m all about some “healthier” pasta. Can’t wait to try it!

  8. This dish looks delicious, and I love that it’s so quick! By the way, I purchased your e-book before you updated it, so I’d love the latest copy. Thanks!

  9. I love shrimp scampi but have never made it at home. This needs to change stat.

  10. This is very similar to my “Shrimp Linguini.” Shrimp scampi is so fast and easy…perfect for summer nights. Like someone else said, shrimp is the perfect go-to meal to have in the freezer. I am a fast eater, too, so I can totally relate to what you are saying. Lol. Great post!

  11. Looks delicious!! Hahaha and girl, I’m a cavewoman eater amongst family and friends; I can only imagine what a disaster I’d be at a table with all my favorite food bloggers!!! I think I would just awkwardly stare dewy-eyed at everyone and not even touch my food. Well no just kidding haha I would devour everything and do the awkward dewy-eyed thing between huuuge un-classy bites!

  12. It’s hard for me to slow down eating too! Quick question… with the lemon bits from the blender lemonade, what do you do with the seeds? Did you take them out before putting them in the blender or what? Would love to try that recipe and keep all the lemon bits for this scampi recipe!

    • Good question – I didn’t have too many seeds so it wasn’t really a problem. I picked maybe one out of my pasta (since it was still in with the bits of lemon from before) but we hardly noticed it. You could also just take out the seeds before you make the lemonade, if you’re planning to make the lemonade first. :)

  13. Oh my goodness, I wish I had a big bowl of this!

  14. A big bowl of pasta like this always wins me over. Looks amazing!!

  15. Oh my gosh, I LOVE shrimp scampi!! And I love quick dinners! So I think this is the perfect recipe for me! No worries about being a speedy cavewoman eater. It just shows your enthusiasm! :)

  16. It looks beautiful

  17. Just found this on Pinterest. Looks delicious, and easy enough that maybe even I could do it. May put it on the menu for our next “at home” datenight. ;)

    • It’s an awesome date night dinner! My husband loved it, which kind of surprised me, but I am not complaining! :) Hope you like it.

  18. This looks so delicious, Lindsay! I love a good shrimp scampi… so light, colorful and flavorful, and yours is perfect!

  19. Lizabeth K. says:

    You know that you can blame any caveman-style eating on being a teacher, right? :) (Probably the constant panic-mode, too…. or maybe there are some good teachers that aren’t always like that??)

    • Oh my gosh, that’s hilarious and so sadly true. Every day at school my lunch is gone in like 3 seconds because I have to go fill in a behavior plan or something.

  20. This looks delicious!

  21. Haha! I can totally relate to how you might’ve felt. It happens to me all the time esp when I’m in the company of my sister and sister-in-law. Not so much with the men. So does this mean that I eat like a dude? Because I always finish my meal before my friends, I feel like I always end up eating more than they as I proceed to pick at whatever’s on the table. I am working on becoming a classy eater but so far no luck..sigh..This recipe looks delicious! Love the simplicity ;)

  22. Ahhh, I have the same problem when it comes to eating food! I desperately want to be one of those people who take their time, savor, and enjoy every bite. But I’m usually so hungry and ready to eat the thing I just spent all that time preparing, that it just goes in as fast as it can haha. I need to make a dinner date with some classy people and get my slow-eat on.

  23. I love getting together with blogging friends. And sometimes mis-matched dishes are the best. Love this shrimp scampi, it’s a favorite in our house!

  24. This looks so wonderful. Great pics. Ah, and I hear ya on relaxed and organized. I feel like there is ALWAYS something that I need to be doing, or need to remember to do. And organizing? Well, I can make things nice and neat because I don’t like messes but that doesn’t mean there is any organization to it! Pinning this lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  25. This looks so yummy! I love shrimp scampi.

  26. These are some of my favourite photos of yours. I love shrimp scampi, it’s one of the first meals I learned how to make and it’s something that my whole family enjoys. I’ve tried some variations, but the lemon and white wine are truly stars when it comes to shrimp scampi. I love that you’ve used both.

  27. You sold me on the 15 minutes! Jason and I have been eating out every day so this here is just perfect for us!

  28. 1.) I adore Steph and am so jealous of your little dinner date! Isn’t she just a doll?

    2.) GIMME ALL THE SCAMPI.

  29. Summer is all about quick dinners. Thanks for the inspiration Lindsay.

  30. Shrimp scampi is a favorite at our house! 15 minute meals are the best!

  31. I have made good on the comments I made on the blender lemonade post. Made this tonight and it was super surprisingly good. When I made the lemonade, my lemons had a ton of seeds so I removed them before putting them in the blender so my lemon sludge was clear of seeds. It really adds an amazing essence to this recipe! My shrimp to pasta ratio was high, maybe we aren’t as big of shrimp eaters as some folks. Maybe I’ll use 1/2 lb shrimp next time, or the whole box of noodles. Thanks so much, this was just yummy.

  32. I LOVE shrimp scampi. Unfortunately I’ve tried what seems like a million recipes for it and have yet to find one I like. I am anxious to give this one a try. The fact that it can be made in just 15 minutes is a bonus for me! I LOVE fast and easy meals since I’m trying to keep up all the time with 4 kids.

  33. Gorg! I love this concept, too. So simple, savory and summery. Will try soon!

  34. Just have to say this was seriously delicious! As a GF foodie and avid follower of POY, I was so excited to see a pasta dish that I could eat! I usually use Tinkyada pasta, but Jovial was delicious. Thank you for sharing. My fiance and I really enjoyed the recipe. :)

    • Thanks Leanne! Glad you liked it! I was really surprised at how good the GF noodles were.. didn’t even notice much of a difference!

  35. Great easy recipe. I look forward to trying. I would added some spices. Basil for example should work well. Thanks.

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