Easy Keto Shrimp Skillet 

By Rena Awada |

This easy-to-make Keto shrimp Recipe is made with a creamy parmesan and spinach sauce. A low-carb shrimp recipe that’s suitable for those on the keto diet and takes just 20 minutes to make.

tope view creamy sauteed shrimp in an orange skillet

Make this creamy, parmesan, and easy keto shrimp recipe in less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Sauteed shrimp are nestled in a delicious creamy parmesan and spinach sauce. This creamy sauteed shrimp recipe is intended for those who are on the keto diet since it is high in fat and low in carbs. The sauce is made with heavy cream, which can easily be swapped with lite coconut milk if preferred. Make this easy keto shrimp any day of the week and have dinner ready in less than 30 minutes. So simple, so easy, and perfectly delicious.

Why you should make this creamy sauteed shrimp recipe

  • Family friendly: This creamy shrimp recipe is perfect for everyone. Serve the kiddos with some spaghetti, and keep yours low carb by serving it with some zucchini noodles.
  • Easy and simple: Have this sauteed shrimp recipe ready in less than 30 minutes tops. Made with a handful of simple ingredients. No hassle what so ever.
  • Low carb and keto-friendly: If you are looking for a low carb meal, then this creamy good keto shrimp recipe is perfect for you. Look no further.
close up sauteed shrimp recipe in a creamy garlic sauce

Ingredients to make this creamy keto shrimp meal

  • Oil: use eany oil you have on hand. We used olive oil, but avocado oil would work.
  • Shrimp: do not usee pre-cooked shrimp. Use raw, peeled, and deveined shrimp
  • Garlic: go with fresh garlic cloves instead of garlic powder
  • Stock: if you can find fish stock, then use that. Otherwise, use vegetable stock.
  • Heavy cream: great for those on keto due to its high fat content. You may swap this for lite-coconut milk instead. Not the kind you drink, but teh canned ones.
  • Baby spincah: we recommend you use fresh spinach and not frozen, Frozen will work as well, thaw and drain first.
  • Parmesan cheese: use freshly grated parmesan cheese. Store-bought will also work.
  • Chili flakes: optional, add more or omit
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
ingredients to make creamy keto shrimp skillet

How to make this easy keto shrimp recipe in less than 30 minutes

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Sauté the shrimp for about 4 minutes, flipping halfway. We want it a bit undercooked at this point as it will continue to cook into the sauce. Set aside and cover to keep warm.

sauteed shrimp in a pan

To the same pan, heat the remaining oil and saute the garlic for 30 seconds.

Add in the stock and allow it to bubble until reduced by half. 

Pour the cream, and once bubbling, stir in the spinach. Cook, stirring frequently until the spinach is wilted, around 2 minutes.

sauce in a pan for the creamy parmesan mixture before adding cream

While the pan is still on the heat, stir in the parmesan, and return the shrimp back to the pan. 

Continue to cook for a couple of minutes, until shrimp is fully pink and opaque and the sauce is creamy and rich. Season to taste, if needed.

close up sauteed shrimp over a creamy parmesan and spinach sauce

Recipe notes and tips

  • Serving size: one cup or 1/4th of the amount 
  • Use raw shrimp and not pre-cooked 
  • Heavy cream: this recipe was intended to be high in fat and for those who are on keto. To reduce the fat content and make it a bit healthier, swap the heavy cream with lite coconut milk (in cans)
  • Use freshly grated parmesan or use store-bought.
  • Any oil of choice works.
  • Serve with zucchini noodles to keep it a low carb meal or some cauliflower rice.
  • Spinach: we prefer that you use fresh spinach. If you must, use frozen but thaw ahead and drain. 
  • Be careful not to overcook the shrimp. You will end up with tough rubbery shrimp.
  • Store leftovers in a container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Add in more veggies if you prefer. Like zucchini, asaparagus, or broccoli.
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Frequently asked questions

How many minutes do you cook shrimp?

Shrimp does not take a long time to cook. It is recommended to cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side and for a total of 6 minutes. If you overcook the shrimp, it will toughen up and get too tough and rubbery.

Can you overcook shrimp?

Yes. It often happens until you learn that it doesn’t really need that much time to cook. As we mentioned, it takes about 2-3 minutes per side or until the shrimp curls up and turns pink. If you overcook the shrimp it will come out chewy.

What goes well with creamy garlic shrimp?

This creamy sauteed shrimp goes well with pretty much anything. To keep it low carbs, serve with Cauliflower rice or some zucchini noodles. Other side dishes you can serve it with can be some rice, spaghetti, cornbread, or any other bread, roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, and so on.

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What to serve with this creamy sauteed keto shrimp

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Easy Keto Shrimp Recipe

Tender and juicy shrimp sauteed in a creamy parmesan, garlic, and spinach sauce. Easy to make and ready in just under 30 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Halal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 547kcal
Author: Rena

Equipment

  • 1 skillet

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp oil divided
  • 2 lb raw jumbo shrimp
  • 4-5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup fish or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh grated parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes or to taste
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Sauté the shrimp for about 4 minutes, flipping halfway. We want it a bit undercooked at this point as it will continue to cook into the sauce. Set aside and cover to keep warm.
  • To the same pan, heat the remaining oil and saute the garlic for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the stock and allow it to bubble until reduced by half.
  • Pour the cream, and once bubbling, stir in the spinach. Cook, stirring frequently, until the spinach is wilted, around 2 minutes.
  • While the pan is still on the heat, stir in the parmesan, and return the shrimp back to the pan.
  • Continue to cook for a couple of minutes, until shrimp is fully pink and opaque and the sauce is creamy and rich.
  • Season to taste, if needed.

Notes

  • Serving size: one cup or 1/4th of the amount 
  • Use raw shrimp and not pre-cooked 
  • Heavy cream: this recipe was intended to be high in fat and for those who are on keto. To reduce the fat content and make it a bit healthier, swap the heavy cream with lite coconut milk (in cans)
  • Use freshly grated parmesan or use store-bought.
  • Any oil of choice works.
  • Spinach: we prefer that you use fresh spinach. If you must, use frozen but thaw ahead and drain. 
  • Be careful not to overcook the shrimp. You will end up with tough rubbery shrimp

Nutrition

Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 389mg | Sodium: 2521mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3105IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 460mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Beatrice says

    5 stars
    I made this Easy Keto Shrimp Skillet recipe tonight – it was quick to prepare, very delicious and will for sure be on rotation in the future!!

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