Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Your favorite pasta dish gets a deliciously healthy makeover with this healthy shrimp scampi recipe!

On a recent trip to the grocery store, I read Women’s Health Rx Magazine while I was standing in the checkout line. I was pleased to read that a new study done here in the states shows that eating shrimp and other fish associated with high cholesterol has absolutely no effect on heart health. Apparently, you can eat all the shrimp you want, and it will not have any impact on your heart!

In this image, the camera focuses on a fork being held with a small bit of pasts wrapped around it and a large shrimp. In the background, you see a bowl of Clean Eating Shrimp Scampi and a glass of white wine.

I’m not sure about this one single study or what conditions the study was done under, but I will say that I do include shrimp in my menu plan, and I’ve never thought twice about it. So it was nice to read something that backed up my feelings on shrimp.

This recipe was adapted from one of the South Beach Diet cookbooks. Embarrassingly enough, I can’t remember which one. But I was definitely inspired, and the outcome was absolutely delicious. I’ve been making it ever since!

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Healthy Shrimp Scampi Recipe

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Clean Eating Shrimp Scampi

Healthy Shrimp Scampi

If you love scampi, you’ve got to give this healthy version a try. Simply wonderful!!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 281kcal


  • 1 lb. frozen, pre-cooked shrimp, slightly thawed
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. whole grain pasta, cooked


  • Place frozen shrimp into a non-stick skillet with oil. Cook shrimp until they are mostly cooked and there is a nice bit of liquid in the pan (this will become your sauce).
  • Add everything else except the pasta.
  • When the shrimp is done and the flavors of your sauce have melded nicely, remove from heat.
  • Serve over pasta with a little parmesan, salt and pepper for taste.


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Can I used regular diced garlic instead of garlic powder? I’m using frozen, but raw shrimp, can I use a bit of broth or stock to make the sauce and keep it clean?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Janet – Yes to the garlic, and as for the stock, depends on what’s in it.