I’m thrilled to share this effortless shrimp scampi recipe with you today. Not only is it a speedy meal to prepare, but it’s also absolutely scrumptious. This mouth-watering WW friendly dish is perfect for either a weeknight dinner or weekend entertaining.
I love shrimp and have made it all kinds of ways. However, I had never made this classic Italian-American dish made with large raw shrimp cooked in a flavorful sauce of garlic, butter, white wine, and fresh lemon juice.
As soon as I caught this video of NYT food write and cookbook author, Melissa Clark, making classic shrimp scampi, it went to the top of my must try recipes list. I’m so glad I did. It’s now my new favorite way to prepare shrimp.
Melissa Clark Prepares Classic Shrimp Scampi in this NYT Cooking Video
Since purchasing her Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-Pan Meals: A Cookbook, I’ve become enamored of Clark and her approachable, reliable, and seasonal recipes designed for the home cook.
How Many Calories and Weight Watchers Points in this Classic Shrimp Scampi?
Shrimp scampi is a great dinner choice for Weight Watchers because it’s low in calories and high in protein. Shrimp, a WW Zero Points Food, is a lean protein source that is rich in nutrients and low in fat, making it a great option for those looking to maintain a healthy weight. Additionally, the garlic and lemon in the sauce add flavor without adding extra calories, and by serving it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash instead of pasta, you can further reduce the calorie count while still enjoying a satisfying and delicious meal.
I reduced the butter by a tablespoon to shave a few calories and WW Points.
Easy Shrimp Scampi Ingredients
This recipe comes together in minutes with just a handful of ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
1 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup dry white wine or chicken broth
¾ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste (I used ½ teaspoon table salt instead)
⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1-¾ pound large or extra-large raw shrimp, shelled & deveined
⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley
Juice of half a lemon
How to Make The Best Easy Shrimp Scampi
Step 1: Gather and prep your ingredients
Step 2: In a large skillet set over medium high, heat butter and olive oil until the butter is melted. Add the garlic and sauté until it is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine or broth, salt, crushed red pepper flakes and black pepper (¼ – ½ teaspoon) Bring the mixture to a gently bubble. Let the wine reduce by half, about 2 minutes.
Step 3: Add the shrimp and sauté, stirring and turning often, until they just turn pink. This will take 2 to 4 minutes depending upon their size. Stir in the parsley and lemon juice and serve over pasta, rice, cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles. This is also delicious served on it’s own with a little crusty french bread
I used a little less butter than the original recipe called for to shave a few calories and WW Points.
This doesn’t make a ton of sauce. If you want to serve it with pasta, I would increase the wine/broth to 1 cup.
Shrimp Scampi Serving Suggestions
This delicious classic shrimp scampi can be served in a variety of ways:
Alongside a a medley of roasted vegetables
On a bed of zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash
Over a little tumble of pasta or mound of rice or cauliflower rice
On their own with a little crusty bread for mopping up the sauce
Atop sauteed spinach or salad greens.
Ways to Use Leftover Shrimp Scampi
On good toasted bread
On a salad
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Best Easy Shrimp Scampi
8 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Recipe source: Slightly adapted from NYT Melissa Clark Classic Shrimp Scampi
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan’s ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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