Creamy Shrimp Scampi with Garlic and Parmesan

| |

Our Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi recipe was so popular, I thought I should share a stove-top version, too! This Creamy Shrimp Scampi with lemon, garlic and Parmesan cheese is a restaurant-quality meal you can make in less than 20 minutes!

A fresh and creamy shrimp scampi pasta with plenty of garlic and parmesan. You do not need heavy cream to make this recipe- which saves you unnecessary fat and calories! A healthier take on a restaurant classic

Creamy Shrimp Scampi Recipe

The first time I had shrimp scampi was at the Cheesecake Factory in Chicago.

My friend ordered it for me and I had no idea what to expect. What came out of the kitchen was a creamy, rich pasta meal with juicy shrimp and plenty of garlic. It was delicious, but at 1350 calories, 77g of fat and 2280mg of sodium – it wasn’t exactly a healthy lunch!

This homemade version comes in at 420 calories, 15g of fat and 827mg of sodium per serving and still packs all of the flavor of the original, with succulent, perfectly cooked shrimp smothered in a creamy garlic and parmesan sauce over a generous helping of el dente pasta. Plus you’re getting a meal for 4 people for less than the cost of one serving of this shrimp scampi at a restaurant!

The acidity of the garlic and lemon in this recipe cuts through the heaviness of the milk and cheese to create a sauce that is creamy and flavorful, without feeling heavy or too rich.

Cooking shrimp with the shell on adds more flavor to the dish and I personally like eating my shrimp with the tails on. It has great texture and health benefits, but it’s definitely not for everyone. You can cook your shrimp without the shells/tails for ease, or just remove as you’re eating them. It all comes down to personal preference.

While my original Authentic Shrimp Scampi recipe calls for white wine, in this recipe I swapped that out for lemon juice. It gives it that same brightness and acidity at a lower cost. If you have some Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio on hand, you can definitely add it for some extra flavor.

There are two ways to make your shrimp scampi creamy:

  • with heavy cream (35%)
  • or, with milk and cornstarch

If using heavy cream, it just needs to be brought to a boil and then will thicken on it’s own when reduced.

If using milk, you also need to bring it to a boil, but you may need to whisk in some cornstarch to help with the thickening process.

It may seem easier and more straight-forward to go with heavy cream, but 1 cup of heavy cream is 414calories and 27g of fat compared to 1 1/2 cups whole milk and 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch at 250calories and 11g of fat (that is the nutritional information for the whole recipe – not per serving). I also don’t always have heavy cream on hand, but I always have whole milk in the fridge so I like being able to make this recipe with what I already have on hand.

 

What to Serve With Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: swap out the milk and cornstarch for 1 cup of heavy cream, if desired.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Cast Iron Skillet <– I love the versatility of a good cast-iron pan – you can make everything from eggs to dessert in them and they transition easily from the stove to the oven. This one is pre-seasoned and great for even heating
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Wooden spoon or spatula <– I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
  • Cheese grater

How to Make Shrimp Scampi without Cream

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet.

Add the garlic and sautee for 1 minute before adding in the shrimp.

Cook until the shrimp has turned pink and is cooked throughout, approximately 4 minutes.

Remove the shrimp to a small bowl.

Add the whole milk to the skillet and whisk occasionally, bringing to a boil.

If the milk doesn’t thicken on it’s own, whisk in some cornstarch.

Stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Add in the pasta and shrimp, stirring to coat.

Right before serving, drizzle the lemon juice over the whole skillet.

Serve with a sprinkle of parsley.

 

Pin this Easy Shrimp Scampi Recipe:

How to make restaurant-worthy Shrimp Scampi at home - and make it healthier and lower in fat, too! This is a protein-packed seafood meal the whole family will love

Grab your free printable for our easy shrimp scampi recipe:

Yield: 4 servings

Creamy Shrimp Scampi

Creamy Shrimp Scampi

A lightened up version of the restaurant classic, this Creamy Shrimp Scampi with Garlic and Parmesan is ready to enjoy in less than 20 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 20 large shrimp, uncooked
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch, as needed
  • Juice of one lemon, approx. 3 Tablespoons
  • Parsley, for garnish
  • 1 lb pasta of choice, cooked

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet.
  3. Add the garlic and sautee for 1 minute before adding in the shrimp.
  4. Cook until the shrimp has turned pink and is cooked throughout, approximately 4 minutes.
  5. Remove the shrimp to a small bowl.
  6. Add the whole milk to the skillet and whisk occasionally, bringing to a boil.
  7. If the milk doesn't thicken on it's own, whisk in some cornstarch.
  8. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  9. Add in the pasta and shrimp, stirring to coat.
  10. Right before serving, drizzle the lemon juice over the whole skillet.
  11. Serve with a sprinkle of parsley.

Notes

Double or triple this recipe, as needed.

You can replace the milk and cornstarch with heavy cream, if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 827mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 23g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

Pin this Recipe for Later

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

I hope your family loves this creamy shrimp scampi recipe as much as mine does! It’s on heavy rotation over here!

Be sure to check out some of our other seafood recipes, like our Easy Lobster Thermidor or our Anthony Bourdain’s Clam Chowder recipe.

A lightened up and healthier shrimp scampi recipe made with plenty of garlic, lemon, Parmesan and milk instead of heavy cream. A delicious seafood recipe the whole family will enjoy  This Copycat Shrimp Scampi recipe is 1/3 of the calories and has way less fat and sodium than the Cheesecake Factory original. A delicious seafood recipe the whole family will love   A fresh and creamy shrimp scampi pasta with plenty of garlic and parmesan. You do not need heavy cream to make this recipe- which saves you unnecessary fat and calories! A healthier take on a restaurant classic  How to make restaurant-worthy Shrimp Scampi at home - and make it healthier and lower in fat, too! This is a protein-packed seafood meal the whole family will love  A lightened up and healthier shrimp scampi recipe made with plenty of garlic, lemon, Parmesan and milk instead of heavy cream. A delicious seafood recipe the whole family will enjoy

Similar Posts

One Comment

  1. I have one question about the measurements in your recipe. Do you mean 8oz of cheese, grated or do you mean 1 cup of grated cheese? Please specify. Thank you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.