Shrimp Scampi is one of those dishes that is naturally perfect for keto, low carb, and Whole30. It has just a few simple, all-natural ingredients, healthy fat, and a protein.
However, if you’re keto, Whole30 or low carb, there are some substitutes and things to keep in mind when having this dish. I’m including tips in this recipe that will help you stay on track.
This Shrimp Scampi is featured in my Ultimate Keto Surf and Turf.
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 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 substitute for the white wine is chicken stock or broth.
How should I make this dish if I’m on Whole30?
Substitute the White Wine for Chicken Broth
If you are on Whole30, then you should be sure to omit the white wine because one of the rules is no alcohol. As mentioned above, you’d simply use an equal amount of chicken stock or broth. Besides the wine, another important thing to be aware of is added sugar that chicken stock or broth.
Be Sure your Chicken Stock has No Added Sugar
Since Whole30 requires you to omit all forms of added sugar, make sure that sugar is not in your stock or broth ingredients. Some Whole30, no added sugar chicken broths are Bare Bones, Pacific Foods, and Imagine Foods. You can generally pick these up in the market.
You might substitute the butter too
Depending on whether or not you decide to have butter during Whole30, then you might consider replacing the butter in this dish with ghee.
What goes well with Keto Shrimp Scampi?
Cauliflower Rice Risotto or Zoodles
I made this dish during Valentine’s Day and served it with Cauliflower Risotto. You could also double the sauce and have this with zoodles. They’re pretty easy to make at home (click to learn how to make zucchini noodles using Wholesome Yum’s guide).
The Shrimp Scampi sauce would also taste perfect with this recipe for almond flour biscuits.
How many carbs are in shrimp scampi?
This Keto Shrimp Scampi recipe has 3g net carbs. It also does not have any added sugar.
Love shrimp? Check out these recipes:
- Heat a medium skillet to medium heat
- Add olive oil, shallots and garlic to a pan and cook until translucent (~3 minutes)
- Add Pinot Grigio, salted butter, and lemon juice to the pan and allow to reduce by half (~5)
- Add parsley, red pepper flakes, sea salt, and black pepper and stir.
- Add in the shrimp and cook until pink (~3 minutes). Remove the pan from the heat.