Shrimp is a great seafood to add to your diet, and fits in perfectly with the keto diet being virtually zero carb. Check out these great Keto Shrimp Recipes for some inspiration for your next dinner.
The great thing about shrimp is how fast they cook, and thankfully plenty of these recipes can be ready in 15 minutes or less, making shrimp the perfect week-night dinner ingredient.
Is Shrimp Keto?
The short answer is yes, you can eat shrimp on keto as they’re virtually zero carb (0.2g per 100g weight!)
However, whilst they’re zero carb, they’re also almost zero fat, with 0.5g or less of fat per 100g. In fact, the only macro they’re packing is protein, with a hefty 24g protein per 100g.
Pairing these protein heavy foods with some healthy fats like olive oil or avocado is a great way to balance your macros and stay in optimal ketosis.
How to Cook Shrimp
The key to cooking shrimp is to avoid overcooking at all costs – these guys go tough and chewy in no time! This takes some experience and judgement but you generally want to make sure they’re cooked through and then stop, more time isn’t going to improve them.
If you’ve bought pre-cooked shrimp (ie: they’re pink rather than blue) then this is extra important – as they’re already cooked they can quickly overcook. These pre-cooked shrimp should be ready to safe eat straight from the packet (hopefully!) so you really just need to heat them through.
If you’ve bought uncooked shrimp (which will likely be a blueish colour) then you want to make sure they’re cooked through and fully turned pink before you think about taking them off the heat.
Kicking off the list are these excellent keto shrimp tacos from Gnom Gnom. The author is one of the best keto recipe builders out there, with some incredible keto substitute recipes that are definitely worth checking out. Keto pasta, cereal, candy and more!
The tortillas here are no exception, and pair perfectly with spiced shrimp, salsa and avocado for a great keto mexican dinner recipe.
The keto tortillas can go with a million other dishes too which is great, and the shrimp here would pair well with some cauliflower rice if you're not in the mood for making up the tortillas.
The girls at Have Butter Will Travel are some of my favorite keto bloggers, they put out loads of great content and videos as they go through their keto journey.
They also put together lots of great keto recipes including this keto prawn cocktail. This is a really easy keto shrimp recipe - you can use pre-cooked shrimp to avoid any cooking at all and have this ready in no time.
Another recipe from Have Butter Will Travel, this time barbecuing and marinading for a nice char flavor in the easy low carb shrimp recipe.
These would make for a great summer party dish or canape to serve. If eating as your main meal pair them up with some cauliflower rice, or perhaps wrap them in lettuce with a little avocado or salsa for a low carb taco alternative.
I love Vietnamese food and flavours, they tend to be light, refreshing and intense. This Vietnamese Garlic Keto Shrimp recipe from I Heart Umami brings all that flavor, without the carb heavy rice that may typically accompany these.
Wrapped in lettuce with some finely sliced cucumber, cilantro and chili, these would make for a great keto summer roll
Pad Thai has always been one of my favorite meals, full of flavor and filling. This keto friendly version is no exception, and it's ready in 15 minutes which is fantastic.
This recipe makes use of Shiritaki Noodles - these low carb noodle substitutes made from the Japanese Konjac yam are as close to real noodles as we're going to get while staying low carb. Do note that It's important you cook them exactly as per the packaging description to make sure the texture comes out right.
They can be hard to find in stores, so amazon is generally the easiest bet, try these from Well Lean which are well reviewed.
Cast Iron Keto are known for doing some great, quick, one-pot keto recipes, and this keto shrimp recipe with a sun-dried tomato sauce is a great dish from them.
Shrimp can stand up to quite highly flavored sauces, this one is packed with flavor and creaminess, with gruyere, garlic and basil to complement the tomato. Defintely worth a try for a quick weeknight dinner, as this one can be ready inside 20 minutes.
I love a lettuce wrap, they're just so quick and easy if you're not feeling like making up a keto tortilla recipe (which can be an infuriating process at the best of times!)
These Thai spiced lettuce wraps from Wholesum Yum are a great filling for your wraps. A peanut, satay style sauce coats these keto friendly shrimp with a bunch of flavor, and adding in roasted peanuts give some crunch and texture which you won't want to skip.
This keto shrimp curry recipe from Joy Filled Eats will make for a great warming winter dish. I love adding spice to my dishes and this one has tons. Pair this up with some cauliflower rice to bulk it out, or make up some keto friendly naan breads.
This is essentially a next level guacamole, with shrimp and bacon for a flavorful hit of fats and protein. This tasty keto shrimp recipe from My Life Cook is super simple to put together, you can play with the spice levels with added jalapenos for some heat.
This would make a great filling for some lettuce wraps, you could prep this and take it to work with the lettuce ketp separate, for an easy work day lunch.
This is a great keto version of a delicious shrimp recipe from Dr Davinahs Eats. You wouldn't think Thai Sweey Chilli sauce would be keto (because it's not!) - but here there's a special DIY keto version that skips the sugars for a delicious substitute.
Using coconut flour to coat the shrimp helps keep this keto too. This makes a great appetizer, or could pair up with some cauli rice for a main dish.
This unusual keto shrimp recipe from How 2 Do Keto makes for a great sushi substitute. With a spicy mayo sauce for flavor, and using kelp noodles, the great thing here is the prep time, these can be ready in just 10 minutes! No excuse for being lazy there
Keto Fajita bowls are a great idea for an easy weeknight meal, you can throw whatever you've got to hand in there, in this case - spicy chlli lime shrimp.
Mash up a quick guacamole, some cilantro cauliflower rice and you're good to go. This is the sort of keto recipe I like to make, it's simple, unpretentious and tasty. It makes a great lunch to take to work too, give it 2 mins in the microwave (but keep the avocado separate - don't cook it please!)
For a more indulgent keto shrimp recipe, you can't go wrong with this alfredo shrimp number from Health Starts in the Kitchen. My love for Parmesan is well documented, I'll put it on anything - here is lends some lovely umami richness to the sauce, nutritious asparagus giving some crunch and texture.
Ending the list on a lighter note is this delicious looking Keto Shrimp soup from Eatwell 101 - this looks so good it just has to be good for you!
This is a very low calorie meal, so you could have plenty without worrying about overeating - that's one of the great things about broths like these. The liquid will fill you up long before you've eating too many calories!
So there’s a bunch of keto shrimp recipes for you to sink you’re teeth into! I love cooking with shrimp, it’s so quick, easy and tasty, so it’s definitely worth adding some of these dishes to your repertoire.
What’s your favorite keto shrimp recipe? Let me know in the comments below.
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Lorcan is an entrepreneur and invests in websites and online assets. Lorcan set up IEatKeto back in 2018 as he documented his progress with the keto diet to lose 3 stone in 3 months. Since then he has developed a passion for cooking healthy meals, learning about nutrition, and online publishing.