Whether you are on the keto diet, eat low in carbs, or are a little fed up with bread (* gasps * is that possible?), It’s easy to fall back into the same old thing in the kitchen.
Chicken, turkey, salmon, rinse, repeat with low-carb vegetables. OK, and maybe bacon too. And yes, although you can lose weight,
As they say, there are more fish in the sea… and there are also shrimps! So put that flaky fish aside (at least for today) and try one of these low-carb, keto-friendly shrimp recipes.
1. Zucchini boats with shrimp
This recipe really makes our boat (zucchini) float. And while they look worthy of restaurant cuisine, they’re super simple to make.
Cut the zucchini in half and empty the inside. Then season the boats, stuff them with the shrimp and artichoke filling, cover with Parmesan and grill until the cheese is golden and crisp.
For the beefiest boat, go for the biggest zucchini you can find. What to do with all this filling? Freeze it in an ice cube tray and add it to your smoothies.
2. Buffalo shrimp lettuce wraps
Spicy, light, and ready in just 15 minutes, it’s hard to go wrong with this great, finger-licking recipe.
Butter lettuce as a staple keeps this keto and gluten-free meal, although you can expect this dish to be a little messy with a generous helping of blue cheese dressing (not that we care the least) .
3. Shrimp lettuce wraps with peanut sauce
The secret to solid, stuffed lettuce cups: Boston lettuce. The cup-shaped leaves are perfect for filling and even make sure they don’t drip too much sauce.
This recipe sticks to simple toppings like carrots, cucumber, and avocado, but tastes anything but simple thanks to its ginger and peanut sauce. For a little more variety of stuffing, try slices of squash, zucchini, bell pepper, or jicama.
4. Prawn and Chili Lime Fajita Bowls
Got a pack of taco seasoning lying around? Use it to spice up shrimp and make this super simple shrimp fajita bowl.
Ready to eat in under 30 minutes, this recipe just requires sautéing a few vegetables (bell pepper and onion are fajita classics), browning the shrimp and stacking the spicy foods on top of your garnish. choice.
To keep it low in carbs, we love cauliflower rice to soak up the sauce or chopped romaine for added crunch.
5. Spicy rice bowl with shrimp and cauliflower
Breakfast, lunch, dinner… this spicy shrimp recipe is great anytime, anywhere. Made in under 20 minutes, the key to this bowl is the lip-smacking sauce.
Simply whisk some Sambal Oelek (an Asian chili sauce) with Dijon and honey, coat the shrimp once they are golden, and the rest is easy.
From hot cauliflower rice (we love the frozen one), fry an egg and top with chives. Who do you call shrimp ?! This recipe has a very great flavor.
6. Healthy shrimp and oatmeal
Keto, Paleo and Whole30-Friendly Grains ?! Yes, they do exist. Made with frozen cauliflower, garlic, ghee, and salt, these groats taste as rich as their corn-filled counterpart, but keep things low in carbs.
The only other additions are the Cajun spiced shrimp and chopped parsley. Quick, easy and tasty, this dish makes the perfect bowl for last minute dinner or even a quick lunch (if you have access to a kitchen).
7. Tuscan shrimp in creamy garlic butter
One of our favorite things about eating low in carbs: you don’t have to sacrifice creamy sauces, especially cheese ones.
Made with half and half, Parmesan, white wine and butter, this sauce is as flavorful as it gets (and is the perfect vehicle for tons of wilted spinach).
Pour over the zucchini noodles, fill half a spaghetti squash or, if you fancy some surf and turf, top the steak. While there are many recipes that work well with frozen shrimp, we say they are fresh because they soak up more of the garlic flavor.
8. Healthy prawn scampi with zucchini noodles
It wouldn’t be a good shrimp list if it weren’t for at least one shrimp scampi recipe. While we love to feast on the decadent seafood dish as is (stacked on pasta), we love that this lighter recipe means we can enjoy it even more.
Zucchini noodles add just the right amount of crunch, while shallots, garlic, white wine, butter, red pepper flakes, and lemon give the dish that scampi flavor we know and love.
And did we mention that it takes less than 30 minutes to do? Welcome to paradise (filled with shrimp).
9. Low Carb Spaghetti Squash and Shrimp Langoustines
Here’s another take on shrimp scampi, this time with spaghetti squash as “pasta” instead of noodles.
The key to this recipe is garlic. (Never enough garlic, am I right?) Roast in the butter until it turns light brown before adding the shrimp.
Also, be sure to save the spaghetti squash for cooking until the very end. It doesn’t take a long time to cook, but you will still get the perfect combination of flavors.
10. Vegetarian Cooking with Easy Jalapeño Shrimps
Shrimp cooked in eggs? At first we were skeptical. But after a bite of the spicy jalapeño and veggie goodness, we were eager to eat more. We were so impatient, in fact we always demolished all of our leftovers.
Super customizable and easy to prepare, this shrimp dish is a great dish to savor for days, if it lasts that long.
Pro tip: Sauté the vegetables before layering them in the baking dish. You will get a lot more flavor.
11. Garlic butter shrimp
It’s all in the name on this one. Garlic, butter, what’s more to love? This dinner will take you 20 minutes, tops, and taste like you’ve picked it up in a top-notch location.
Jumbo shrimp are best for this meal. A little chicken broth, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a little cayenne pepper bring it all together. Don’t forget to garnish with parsley for this supplement phew.
12. Sausage and Cajun Shrimp Vegetable Skillet
Another reason we love these little crustaceans is that they are delicious served with other proteins. Take this sausage and shrimp pan, which is bursting with flavor and loads of veggies.
The smooth texture and flavor of the shrimp pairs perfectly with the meaty sausages, and the combo ensures there’s plenty of protein in every bite. Other good vegetables to add are onions, snow peas, and halved tomatoes.
There is something about shrimp recipes that amplifies the whimsy factor, but they hardly take any time to prepare. Fresh, frozen, jumbo, or regular, there are plenty of ways to make shrimp your new go-to protein.