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This easy Keto Shrimp Scampi recipe is perfect if you’re looking for a quick meal. With just a few simple ingredients and one-pan, you’ll easily be able to make this restaurant-quality dish at home. Whether you want to make this for your date night, or for your family dinner, everyone’s taste buds will thank you afterward.
Why Make This
- Tips for a keto diet, low-carb diet, and more: Shrimp Scampi is one of those dishes that can be perfect for a ketogenic diet, but it requires some substitutes. This easy keto shrimp scampi recipe makes all the adjustments so you don’t have to figure it out!
- Easy Recipe: this low-carb shrimp scampi recipe requires just one large skillet and you mostly just dump the ingredients in. No advanced cooking skills are required.
- Low-Carb Meal Starter: pair this easy main dish with your favorite low-carb side dishes like spaghetti squash noodles for a garlicky and buttery shrimp meal.
- Shrimp: I used 16/20 or 13/15 size shrimp. They were peeled and deveined and have the tail-on, but keeping the tail-on is optional.
- Olive Oil
- Butter: I’m using salted butter, but you could use unsalted butter if you prefer
- Shallot: I sliced this thinly and prefer the mildly sweet flavor of it over regular onions.
- Garlic: I used minced garlic cloves, which you can do with a knife or garlic press.
- Pinot Grigio: I typically buy the cheapest option to cook with. That said, if you don’t have Pinot Grigio, use Sauvignon blanc or whatever dry white wine you may have.
- Lemon Juice: I prefer fresh lemon juice, but the bottled kind also works.
- Natural Ancient Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- Red Pepper Flakes: this adds a small amount of spice. You can feel free to omit this if you wish.
- Parsley: I used finely chopped fresh parsley. You can use dried parsley if you’re in a pinch, but the flavor is not as bold as fresh for this dish.
How to Make Healthy Shrimp Scampi
- Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Add olive oil, shallots, and fresh garlic to a pan and cook until translucent.
- Add Pinot Grigio, salted butter, and lemon juice to the pan and allow to reduce by half.
- Mix in parsley, red pepper flakes, sea salt, and black pepper and stir. This will become a delicious garlic butter sauce.
- Add in the raw shrimp and cook until pink (about 2-3 minutes or 1-2 minutes per side). Remove the pan from the heat.
Top Tips & FAQs
- Adjust the cooking time depending on your shrimp: I use jumbo shrimp, but if you use large shrimp or another smaller shrimp, or pre-cooked shrimp, they will need to cook less. Watch for the shrimp to become opaque with an “open C” shape. For pre-cooked shrimp, you just want to heat it through.
- Use a wine that you could drink: I do not recommend ”cooking wine” as those don’t taste as good.
Storage & Leftovers
If you have leftovers from this delicious keto shrimp scampi, the best way to store it is in an airtight container (like a glass storage container) for next time (up to 4 days).
What is the best keto-friendly wine for this dish?
As we all know, shrimp scampi includes white wine. Depending on the wine that you choose, this could mean unintentionally loading your dish with carbs.
In this recipe, I’m using Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio is a dry white wine and is naturally low in carbs. Each serving (~1/2 cup) adds about 3g net carbs to the entire dish.
Can I make Keto Shrimp Scampi without wine?
I use wine in this dish and in cooking generally because it adds a great flavor. If you would like to omit the wine from this dish, an easy and great way to substitute the white wine is to use chicken stock or chicken broth.
Substitutes for Whole30
- Add Chicken Broth instead of Wine: If you are on Whole30, then you should be sure to omit the white wine because one of the rules of Whole30 is no alcohol. Use an equal amount of chicken stock or broth.
- Use No Sugar Added Chicken Stock
- Use Ghee instead of Butter: As I mentioned in my easy Whole30 dinner recipes post, one of the common substitutes for butter is ghee. Since this dish uses butter, then you might consider replacing the butter.
How many carbs are in Garlic Shrimp Scampi?
This Keto Shrimp Scampi recipe has 3 g net carbs. It also does not have any added sugar or flour to thicken the sauce.
At Red Lobster, this dish has 7g net carbs.
How does this Shrimp Scampi compare to Red Lobster Garlic Shrimp Scampi?
There is really no comparison between homemade dishes and those picked up while out. Besides tasting better, you get to control all of the ingredients and their quality.
This delicious shrimp scampi recipe is super flavorful, but also a better version of the Red Lobster Garlic Shrimp Scampi because:
- It tastes AMAZING
- Has 3g fewer carbs per serving
- Has 100 fewer calories per serving
Wine, butter, olive oil, garlic, parsley, and spices.
Recipes to Enjoy This With
The Ultimate Surf & Turf
Cauliflower Rice Risotto or Vegetable Noodles
I made this dish on Valentine’s Day and served it with Keto Risotto.
You could also double the shrimp scampi sauce and have this with vegetable noodles. For example, you could pair this with air fryer spaghetti squash as I do in this shrimp scampi with spaghetti squash noodles, hearts of palm Palmini noodles, or make zucchini noodles
More Keto Shrimp Recipes
- Keto Shrimp Recipes
- Cajun Shrimp
- Low Carb Cajun Shrimp Alfredo
- Garlic Butter Shrimp & Broccoli
- Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi
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Easy Keto Shrimp Scampi Recipe
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- 3 tbsp Olive Oil
- 4 tbsp Butter, or unsalted butter
- 1 large Shallot, sliced thinly
- 5 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup Pinot Grigio, or No Sugar Added Chicken Broth
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1/2 tsp Natural Ancient Sea Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes, or more to taste
- 1 lb Shrimp, I used 16/20
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- Heat a skillet to medium heat.
- Add olive oil, butter, shallots, and garlic to the pan and cook until translucent (~3 minutes)
- Add Pinot Grigio, lemon juice, and seasonings to the pan and stir. Allow it to reduce by about half (~5 minutes).
- Add in the shrimp and parsley. Cook until the shrimp turns pink (~3 minutes). Remove the pan from the heat.
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!