This easy Keto Shrimp Scampi is the perfect low-carb dinner! Under 2 net carbs per serving and ready in 10 minutes, this keto shrimp recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight!
This keto Shrimp Scampi is perfect for a fancy weeknight dinner! This low carb dinner cooks in only 10 minutes, is made in one pan and is so delicious. Tender shrimp is covered in a creamy white wine sauce that pairs perfectly with Zoodles, Spaghetti Squash, Roasted Vegetables, Cauliflower Risotto or Keto Grits.
This keto meal is decadently buttery, lemony and comes in at only 1.9 net carbs per serving! This no fuss meal is perfect for busy nights that you want to add a little flair to. This impressive dish is so easy to prepare and it’s even great for keto meal prep. With only ten minutes and simple ingredients, you can have a wonderful meal on the table (with almost no clean up!) that no one will believe is low carb!
What is Shrimp Scampi?
Scampi are very small crustaceans that are technically in a different family than shrimp- but Italian cooks in the US replaced the scampi for shrimp in this classic dish, and the name was morphed into ‘Shrimp Scampi’. Shrimp Scampi is defined by the way you cook the shrimp- it’s prepared in a wine sauce and then cooks for a short period of time. This brings out the flavor in the shrimp while complimenting the simple flavors in the sauce.
How to make Shrimp Scampi
First, you’ll heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil and butter. When the butter has melted, saute your garlic. Add the thawed shrimp in a single layer (it will shrink a lot) and sprinkle with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
Cook the shrimp 1-2 minutes, then turn. Add the wine and allow the liquid to reduce over the next 2-3 minutes. Add more butter, lemon juice, red pepper flakes and heavy cream. Cook an additional minute or so until the liquid thickens and the shrimp has cooked through.
Is shrimp keto?
Yes! This dish is naturally low carb, keto and gluten free. Enjoy a generous serving of this keto shrimp dinner for only 1.9 net carbs!
What to serve with Garlic Butter Shrimp
First things first- bread! Try these Keto Cheddar Garlic Biscuits (these are a low carb Red Lobster copycat!) These Keto Three Cheese Biscuits are also a huge hit in our house. In replacement of pasta, try Zoodles or Spaghetti Squash. Cauliflower Risotto or Keto Grits are also great low carb options.
For sides, try Air Fryer Asparagus, Cheddar Roasted Broccoli or Cauliflower! For dessert, we had Keto Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars, but Keto Chocolate Sugar Cookies or Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries would all be perfect!
Tips for the Best Shrimp
- Be careful to not overcook your shrimp- you want them to just be pink
- While it’s not traditional, adding heavy cream makes for a creamier, more filling sauce
- Switch it up by adding roasted garlic instead of raw garlic!
- For an easy way to make it spicier or add a different flavor: marinate the shrimp in a flavored olive oil (like a red chili, basil, or garlic olive oil) for a few hours before patting dry and cooking according to instructions
Keto Shrimp Recipes
Shrimp Scampi (keto + low carb)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter not all used at once
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 pound thawed shrimp shells removed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 cup white wine chicken or vegetable broth will also work
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream* optional
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter. When the butter has melted completely add the garlic and saute about 30 seconds.
- Add the thawed shrimp in a single layer (it will shrink a lot) and sprinkle with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Cook the shrimp 1-2 minutes, then turn. Add the wine and allow the liquid to reduce over the next 2-3 minutes.
- Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, lemon juice, red pepper flakes and heavy cream if using. Cook an additional minute or so until the liquid thickens and the shrimp has cooked through.