Spice things up a bit with this Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe.

This quick and easy spicy garlic butter shrimp is sautéed in a simple buttery sauce that has a bit of a spicy kick to it. Tasty, super easy to make, and completely low carb and keto friendly, it’s a dish that tastes great nestled on a bed of cauliflower fried rice or homemade zoodles.

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Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe

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Spicy Garlic Butter Shrimp

  • This spicy garlic butter shrimp recipe is very similar to the popular shrimp scampi, which is usually made with butter, lemon, and garlic.
  • This dish is a nice variation on shrimp scampi. It’s made without the lemon and spices things up with some chili flakes. We all need a little spice in our lives, don’t we?
  • It’s super versatile. It works well as an appetizer, a low-carb snack, or an entrée served with side dishes.

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Ingredients and Variations

SHRIMP Buy frozen or fresh shrimp. The smaller shrimp will work well with this recipe (sometimes called krill shrimp). Just make sure that they are thawed before cooking.

THE SAUCE Butter, olive oil, garlic, and chili flakes. That is, it! Sometimes the simplest things have the best taste.

How To Make Garlic Butter Shrimp

  1. Peel & devein the shrimp
  2. Toss with garlic, chili flakes, salt, & pepper
  3. Add shrimp to a preheated pan and cook for 4-6 minutes
  4. Remove from heat and stir in parsley

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What is a Good Side For Garlic Shrimp?

When it comes to shrimp, it’s not hard to find accompaniments that work! Garlic butter shrimp pairs well with sauteed kale with garlic & lemon, a cucumber feta salad, or a low carb caesar salad. Try it alongside a cauliflower mushroom risotto or these tasty almond pesto zoodles. And for dessert? Chocolate coconut cookies or Keto peanut butter cookies are both sweet & low carb options to finish off a meal.

Recipe Tips

  • Defrosting Shrimp: If the shrimp are frozen together in the bag, then bang them gently against the counter. The other option is to place the shrimp in a bowl of cold water. Both methods will take 10 minutes or more.
  • Deveining Shrimp: Run the shrimp under cold water. If removing tails, pinch at the base of the tail where it connects with the body, then pull along with the legs towards the head. The shell will slide off the shrimp rather easily. Then simply remove the vein that runs along the back, if there is one.
  • Cooking Tip While frying the shrimp watch them closely. Overcooked shrimp isn’t as plump and tender. Once it turns pink, immediately take the shrimp out of the pan.

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Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe

This spicy Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe is a quick main dish that cooks up easily in a skillet.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly



  • 1 lb raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley


  • Preheat olive oil and butter in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Toss shrimp with garlic, chili flakes, and salt and pepper.
  • Add shrimp to the pan and cook for 4-6 minutes or until shrimp are just pink.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in parsley.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 293mg | Sodium: 909mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 209IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American

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At Easy Low Carb® we believe that every meal should be full of big bold flavor! From amazing main dishes and simple sides to the best party snacks, reducing carbs doesn’t mean giving up your favorites!
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