This Cajun Garlic Shrimp recipe combines a creamy garlic sauce and Cajun spices.  This easy low-carb dinner tastes delicious, but is simple to make and can prepared in less than 20 minutes. This recipe works for low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, Banting, Atkins and ketogenic diets.

Cajun Garlic Shrimp on a skillet with spices on the table

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This Cajun garlic shrimp recipe boasts shrimp sautéed in butter, then drenched in a creamy garlic sauce with a good dose of Cajun spices.  Hints of white wine vinegar add to the complexity of flavor and a touch of red pepper flakes gives it a pop of heat. The end result is a shrimp dish everyone will love.

I almost always have a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer.  It’s my go-to if the refrigerator is getting empty, but I need something to make for dinner.  Shrimp is quick to defrost and quick to cook.  It works with a myriad of flavors and generally I can find something in my kitchen to turn it into a tasty meal.

Cajun Garlic Shrimp on skillet handled by two hands with a spoon on the table

This shrimp dish is one of the meals developed from my “dinner emergency” bag of shrimp.  The recipe uses ingredients you probably have in your kitchen already. It’s not only fast and easy to prepare, but uses only one skillet to make, so clean-up is a flash too.

One of the ingredients in this recipe is Cajun seasoning.  Using a pre-mixed seasoning can be a great timesaver because there are fewer herbs and spices to measure. Be a bit careful in choosing your Cajun seasoning as some blends contain flavor enhancers such as MSG.  Try to find one with ingredients listed as herbs you recognize, such as this one. Be wary of those mixes listing “spices” as an ingredient as it is a word companies use to disguise ingredients such as MSG.  Of course, each blend will taste a bit different and some are hotter than others, so find one you love and feel free to alter the amount you put in this dish.

This Cajun garlic shrimp recipe makes a quick, easy to prepare and delicious low-carb dinner.  It’s easy to clean up and made with common ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.  Enjoy!

-Annissa

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Cajun Garlic Shrimp

This Cajun Garlic Shrimp recipe combines a creamy garlic sauce and Cajun spices. This easy low-carb dinner tastes delicious, but is simple to make and can prepared in less than 20 minutes. This recipe works for low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, Banting, Atkins and ketogenic diets.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun
Keyword Cajun Garlic shrimp, keto seafood recipe, keto shrimp recipe, low carb shrimp recipe
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 204 kcal
Author Annissa Slusher

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons pasture-raised butter quantity divided
  • 12 ounces shrimp shelled, deveined and dried using a paper towel
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup grass-fed heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon more or less to taste Cajun seasoning
  • 1 dash red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add one tablespoon butter, reserving the other tablespoon for later.
  2. When butter has melted and stops bubbling, add shrimp to pan, spreading them to make one layer.
  3. Allow shrimp to cook until the first side is slightly brown, then turn to brown the other side.
  4. When shrimp have browned on the second side and are opaque all the way through, remove them from pan to a plate, using a slotted spoon.
  5. Add the second tablespoon of butter to the pan. When butter stops bubbling, add the onion.
  6. Cook onion until edges start to brown and onion becomes translucent. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly for about 1 minute.
  7. Stir in vinegar and cook, scraping up browned bits, until vinegar is almost completely evaporated, 1-2 minutes. Add cream, Cajun seasoning and red pepper flakes and stir.
  8. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  9. When mixture reaches a simmer, turn heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick enough to coat a spoon.
  10. Add shrimp with any juices that have collected. Stir for a few minutes until shrimp is heated through. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Stir in parsley.
  11. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.

Recipe Notes

Per serving (1/4 of the recipe):
Calories: 204
Fat: 12.6 grams
Carbs: .7 gram
Fiber: .2 gram
Protein: 21.8 grams
Net carbs: .5 gram

Nutrition Facts
Cajun Garlic Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (3 ounces)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 113
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.6g19%
Carbohydrates 0.7g0%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Protein 21.8g44%
Net Carbs 0.5g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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