High fat, Low carb!
Every shrimp scampi recipe includes a creamy garlicky sauce, which is awesome- but unfortunately, they all also call for lots of pasta. While we’re trying to stick to a ketogenic, low carb diet, we’re replacing the pasta in this dish with spinach. It’s not meant to be a perfect substitute, but the longer we’ve followed this diet, the less we ever crave pasta.
If you’ve got to have something similar, you could try some awesome spaghetti squash recipes for low carb, some rice or egg noodles for a gluten-free alternative, or even try spiralizing a zucchini to make zoodles! We got our veggie spiralizer and it’s awesome! It’s the perfect tool for a paleo or low carb diet. It turns zucchini, squash, carrots, and anything you can stick in there into long, perfect spaghetti-like noodles. And those can be eaten raw, or cooked until softer! Give it a try!
This shrimp scampi recipe takes only 15 minutes to make (if you don’t count the defrosting)! The high-fat ingredients make this a perfect ketogenic lunch or dinner, and the entire dish is gluten-free and low carb since we leave out the pasta. The spinach compliments the texture of the shrimp very nicely and provides tons of vitamins! If you want to make this dish strictly paleo, you could leave out the parmesan, as most brands aren’t simply parmesan, but loaded with some iffy ingredients as well. If you’re using grass-fed butter and natural heavy cream, that fits into the paleo lifestyle as well.
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Be careful not to cook the shrimp too long, they tend to get rubbery, dry and hard to chew.
Here’s our quick shrimp scampi recipe:
- To start off, place your shrimp in a bowl of cold water and let them defrost. If the shrimp are not peeled, wait until they thaw and peel their shells off.
- While you’re waiting for the shrimp to defrost, chop up some onions into small pieces.
- Pour olive oil into a pan and cook your shrimp for about 2 minutes or until they are all pink. We’re not cooking the shrimp all the way through. Take the shrimp off the pan and onto a plate to rest.
- Then on the same hot pan, cook your onions until translucent. Add some salt to encourage all the ingredients to let their juices out! Then squeeze the garlic and let it cook for about another minute.
- Add your butter, cream and parmesan and stir until you have a combined sauce. Let this cook for about 2 minutes to let some moisture out and let the whole sauce thicken a bit.
- Now add the shrimp back into the pan and stir very well. Let all the sides of the shrimp soak up the delicious sauce. Cook this all together for no longer than 2-3 minutes. Overcooked shrimp are dry, rubbery and hard to chew.
- When the shrimp are done, take them off and let them relax. On the same pan yet again, cook all your spinach slightly. Don’t let them shrink and get too soggy, the closer to raw, the more vitamins and minerals are spared.
- Now combine the spinach and the scrimp to create one tasty quick dinner! Enjoy!
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so so good. used kale instead since I didn’t have spinach in the fridge. LOVED IT!
Very delicious and EASY!! Keeper for Keto for sure!
Had shrimp to use, and had all the other ingredients on hand. This was AMAZING!! My husband commented about 4 times during our meal, how great it was, categorizing it as a “keeper.” Love that it’s keto, and that other items could be added to round it out for non-keto guests if it was served for company.
Yay! So glad you and your husband enjoyed it!
Just finished eating this with my husband. Delicious!
I doubled the garlic, left out onions and served with zucchini noodles. Very versatile and was done in 15 minutes. Thank you!
I have just started my keto experience and seem to be doing fairly well I think but still experimenting with new recipes/knowledge etc. by way of motivation I really needed something that tickled the taste buds, this was the one!! Great recipe, thank you.
That’s great to hear! Glad we were of help 🙂
Love,love this recipe. Easy and so delicious! Since trying we have it once a week.
Glad you like it, Olivia! We do too 🙂
After Googling “keto shrimp”, I found this recipe and decided that since I had all the ingredients at home already, I would give it a go. O.M.G. Seriously. This is probably one of the best meals I’ve ever made at home. My husband couldn’t get enough, and my 5-year old was asking for more! Thanks!
Thank you, Carla! We’re so glad to hear!
This is one of our favorite shrimp recipes, inspired by a sushi restaurant appetizer called Rock Shrimp!