Enjoy this classic dish made using gluten-free pasta. Gluten-Free Shrimp Scampi is a great dish for a busy weeknight. It’s ready in 30 minutes.

a skillet with gluten free spaghetti and shrimp.

There’s no need to go to an Italian restaurant to enjoy this bright and flavorful dish. Gluten-free shrimp scampi only takes 30 minutes to whip up. The only ingredient that isn’t naturally gluten-free are the noodles. It’s easy to swap in gluten-free rice noodles to make this shrimp scampi pasta gluten-free!

You don’t have to miss out on pasta just because you can’t eat gluten. There are plenty of options and many taste just like the real deal. See my list of the best gluten-free pasta brands.

Top the noodles with tender shrimp and a lemony sauce for a little taste of heaven. This easy shrimp scampi is fancy enough for a weekend or holiday (Valentine’s Day is coming up!) and easy enough for a weeknight. You can’t go wrong with it.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • You need 5 ingredients and 30 minutes to make it.
  • It’s easy to make this classic dish gluten-free.
  • Everyone will love this family favorite.
  • Shrimp is low in calories but packed with protein! It also has more than 20 vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy body.

Key Ingredients

olive oil, parsley, salt, lemon, garlic, shrimp, and noodles.

Gluten-free spaghetti – Find gluten-free pasta in any grocery store near the regular pasta. I find rice noodles to be the closest to regular noodles. You can check out my article on the best gluten-free pasta brands if you’re unsure which kind to buy. Angel hair rice pasta is a great option too.

Olive oil – The shrimp are sautéed in olive oil, which is then made into a lemony sauce. You can use butter or ghee in its place if you prefer.

Garlic – Raw garlic sweetens as it caramelizes and adds a nutty flavor to the dish. You can mince it yourself or buy it already minced. You can find pre-minced garlic in a small jar near the fresh garlic. It will last up to 3 months in the refrigerator if properly stored.

Shrimp – Be sure to buy large shrimp that’s peeled and deveined to cut back on prep time. You can use raw shrimp that’s fresh or frozen. Thaw frozen shrimp out in the refrigerator first.

Lemon – Lemon juice is essential for the scampi sauce you know and love! It gives the sauce a bright, lemony flavor.

Salt & pepper – Don’t forget to season! Salt balances and intensifies the flavors in our food.

Parsley – Top with parsley for a pop of green and earthy flavor. Be sure to buy flat-leaf Italian parsley.

Recipe Steps

how to cook shrimp scampi in skillet.

Step One

Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Check to see if it’s done a minute or two early.

While the spaghetti cooks, pour the oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Let the oil heat up before sautéing the shrimp.

Add the garlic and let it sauté until fragrant, stirring occasionally.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Use tongs to flip the shrimp over and let them cook for 2 more minutes. Resist the urge to cook them too long. Shrimp overcook quickly.

Turn off the heat and transfer the shrimp and garlic to a serving plate.

Step Three

Drain the pasta and pour it into the same skillet used to cook the shrimp. Add the shrimp and garlic, lemon juice, and seasoning to the gluten-free pasta.

Step Four

Toss to combine. Serve and enjoy with fresh parlsey!

a plate of noodles with shrimp on top

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  • You can use shrimp with the tails on or the tails off. It is easier to eat cooked shrimp with the tails off.
  • Shrimp cooks quickly. It’s done when it turns an opaque, light pink color.
  • I like to check the pasta a few minutes early to make sure it doesn’t overcook. Gluten-free noodles get mushy when cooked too long.

FAQs

Do frozen shrimp have gluten?

No, frozen shrimp are naturally gluten-free. Seasoned, breaded, or flavored shrimp may contain gluten though. Be sure to always check the ingredient label to be sure!

What do you serve with shrimp scampi?

Pasta is the traditional pairing for shrimp scampi but zucchini noodles, white rice, polenta, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or roasted potatoes are all delicious options.

shrimp scampi served on a plate.

Other Gluten-Free Recipes You Might Like

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gluten free shrimp scampi in skillet.

Gluten Free Shrimp Scampi

Enjoy this classic dish made using gluten-free pasta. Gluten-Free Shrimp Scampi is a great dish for a busy weeknight.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 16ounce package gluten-free spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails on or tails off)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley, for topping

Instructions

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the directions on the package.
  2. While the spaghetti is cooking, pour the oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Let the oil heat up for a few minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and let it sauté for about a minute, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the shrimp and let it cook for 2 minutes. Use tongs to flip the shrimp pieces over to cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and transfer the cooked shrimp and garlic to a serving plate.
  6. Drain the pasta and pour it into the skillet that you just used to cook the shrimp. Add back the cooked shrimp and garlic, plus the lemon juice, salt, and pepper to the pasta. Toss to combine.
  7. Serve hot, with the chopped parsley on top.

Notes

  1. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  2. You can use shrimp with the tails on or the tails off. It is easier to eat cooked shrimp with the tails off.

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