If you’re a practitioner of the ketogenic diet and you’re not consuming shrimp, you may want to reconsider. Not only is shrimp a great source of protein, but it’s also nutrient-dense, can help prevent certain types of cancer, and low in calories and carbs. That last bit works perfectly into the confines of a keto diet. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, no worries because we’ve got 9 delicious keto shrimp recipes for you to try out and add to your collection.
Shrimp: One of the World’s Healthiest Foods That Is Also Keto-Friendly
1. Lemon Garlic Shrimp
There are not too many food combinations that go better like lemon, garlic, and shrimp. And not only that, this recipe is quick and easy, about 15 minutes or so to be specific. No long list of ingredients to read through for this one. For the shrimp, a medium-sized variety is recommended. If possible, try to purchase shrimp that’s already been peeled and deveined, to make the cooking process even more simple.
2. Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps are a staple in most keto diets and using shrimp in them is a no brainer. The shrimp cooks on low in butter and Frank’s hot sauce, really giving the shrimp a chance to soak up all that buffalo flavor and richness. This is a great recipe to have on hand for a quick lunch idea and also works great for meal prepping. Don’t forget to top them off with crumbled bleu cheese to really complete the buffalo shrimp experience!
3. Keto Shrimp Zoodle Alfredo
Some of our favorite keto recipes are the ones that allow us to enjoy dishes we’d normally have to give up when it comes to cutting carbs. With a simple switch of zucchini noodles in place of traditional pasta, you can achieve just that in the case of classic alfredo pasta. No need to worry, all the other goodies such as cream and freshly grated parmesan cheese are still there. Also, with low carb diets getting a lot of press these days, you can even buy prepackaged zucchini noodles at most grocery stores saving you the trouble and time of making it yourself.
4. Keto Breaded Shrimp
One of our favorite dishes to order at any seafood restaurant is deep-fried shrimp. It’s crunchy, tender and so easy to eat a handful of them in one sitting. However, if you’re practicing keto you’ll probably have to give that up, right? Wrong! Instead of using bread crumbs for that crunchy outer coating, crushed pork rinds come in to save the day and make them keto-friendly. We actually like the flavor of the pork rinds coating as it gives the shrimp a unique salty and crunchy coating you won’t find in the traditional recipe.
5. Blackened Shrimp And Cauliflower Grits
Another classic pairing that is traditionally served in the Southern states as a breakfast dish: shrimp and grits. Traditional grits are delicious and full of flavor but unfortunately, also high in carbs. However, with a quick switch of cauliflower for the traditional grits, you get a delicious, creamy yet healthier alternative. Part of what makes this recipe so creamy is a combination of cream cheese, chicken broth, and half-and-half. One of our new favorite keto shrimp recipes to date.
6. Cilantro Lime Shrimp With Zucchini Noodles
Cilantro seems to be one of those polarizing ingredients that you either hate or can’t get enough of. If you’re part of the latter group, we know you’ll love this keto-friendly shrimp recipe. Low in carbs and calories, this makes for a great and light lunch or dinner idea. The best part is that this recipe is simple and fast. Preparing the marinade for the shrimps first is key so they can sit and soak up those lime and cilantro flavors while you prep the other ingredients.
7. Spicy Garlic Shrimp With Broccoli Mash
Another great low-carb and also a paleo-friendly option that will blow you away. The spicy, tender shrimp contrast well with the creamy, cheese broccoli mash. Instead of typical potato mash, you get health benefits such as high fiber, immunity-boosting qualities, and less of the carbs. It’s also a great sneaky way to get more vegetables into your diet but you won’t really notice it as much with the delicious, cheesy, and creamy texture of the broccoli mash shining through.
8. Tuscan Butter Shrimp
Tuscan butter is one of those magical ingredients that seem to make anything it partners with absolutely tasty and shrimp is no exception. To top it off, this recipe takes about 20 minutes flat and everything cooks in one pot. Quick, delicious, and fewer dishes to wash? Sign us up! Those 3 reasons alone make this one of our new favorite shrimp recipes to prepare.
9. Cajun Sausage Shrimp Foil Packs
If using only one dish is great, how about no dishes at all? This foil pack idea is such a win-win since it keeps all the flavor and juices inside the pack and you just throw it away once you’re done eating. We love the combination of cajun spiced shrimp, smoky sausage, and summer vegetables in this convenient foil package. Super tasty and quick, it’s low-carb, paleo-friendly, and gluten-free!
We hope these keto shrimp recipes encourage you to give shrimp a look, especially if you’re looking for new and exciting keto recipes to incorporate into your diet. Also, even if a favorite recipe of yours isn’t keto-friendly, don’t worry. Usually, a couple of simple modifications to the recipe can change all of that, as seen above.
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