This recipe for Low-Carb Spicy Baked Shrimp is a family pleaser. These shrimp come out tender and flavorful and the recipe is super easy to make. This shrimp recipe can work for those on low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, or dairy free diets.


Low-Carb Spicy Baked Shrimp served over riced cauliflower

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The recipe for Low-Carb Spicy Baked Shrimp

One thing I love about this recipe is that it’s easy peasy to make! Just mix up the marinade, add the shrimp, relax while the flavors soak in, then bake! So simple!


I like to mix up the marinade in the baking dish. That way, it saves on clean-up because it’s a one pan meal. 


If you would like to make the marinade ahead of time, that’s perfectly fine. Wait to add the cilantro and the shrimp until you’re ready to use it. Just refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 


If you make the marinade ahead of time, you may notice some of the olive oil solidifies. Don’t worry about this as it’s normal for part of the olive oil to solidify when chilled. 


To use the refrigerated marinade, allow it to warm up for 10-15 minutes on the counter, the whisk it and pour it in the baking dish. Proceed with the recipe as written.


Pouring sauce over Low-Carb Spicy Baked Shrimp


The inspiration

This recipe was inspired by a recipe from Epicurious that I’ve been making for years. I really loved this recipe, but since I’m eating keto these days, I haven’t been able to make it as it contains honey which makes the carbs really add up in this recipe.


Since I enjoy this dish so much, I decided to alter it to fit my needs and the needs of my followers. To do this, I first substituted the honey with a sugar-free replacement. 


As I was making the recipe, however, I realized that many cajun seasoning blends also contain a lot of sugar. Because of this, I decided to add my own seasoning blend. 


Low-Carb Spicy Baked Shrimp-fresh from the oven.


How to serve Keto Spicy Baked Shrimp

This keto-friendly version of Spicy Baked Shrimp pairs well with a simple side salad. A low-carb blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing would complement the spicy flavors wonderfully.


I like to serve these shrimp over some cauliflower rice that has been cooked in butter and seasoned with salt. I nest the shrimp over top and pour some of the pan drippings over to season the cauliflower rice.


These shrimp would also be wonderful served over some cooked zucchini noodles. You could toss them in some of the cooked marinade, or pour some overtop to add extra flavor. A few chunks of blue cheese on top would add some delightful contrast, if you’re a stinky cheese lover like I am. 


My keto-friendly sour cream biscuits, or the cheddar chive variation would work well with this recipe as well. 


Low-Carb Spicy Baked Shrimp-taking a bite


How to tell when shrimp are done

One thing I love about preparing shrimp is that it’s so easy to tell when it’s done.


When shrimp is cooked through, it changes from having a translucent to opaque. Another change to look for is a color change from gray tones to white and salmon-pink .


Be sure not to overcook the shrimp. Overcooked shrimp are rubbery and dry. 


Final words

This shrimp recipe is such an easy way to feed the whole family. Enjoy!


Low-Carb Spicy Baked Shrimp

This recipe for Low-Carb Spicy Baked Shrimp is a family pleaser. These shrimp come out tender and flavorful and the recipe is super easy to make. This shrimp recipe can work for those on low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, or dairy free diets.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun, Creole
Keyword easy dinner, keto shrimp recipe, low carb shrimp recipe, quick and easy main course, spicy shrimp recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 251.6 kcal
Author Annissa Slusher



  1. In a 9 X 13 baking dish, mix together the olive oil, honey replacement, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, paprika, sea salt, onion powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and cilantro.

    Making marinade for Keto Spicy Baked Shrimp in a baking dish.
  2. Stir in shrimp and be sure to coat them completely with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. About 15 minutes before baking preheat oven to 450º Fahrenheit.

    Overhead photo of Low-Carb Spicy Baked Shrimp after before baking in the oven.
  3. Bake until shrimp is cooked through completely, stirring once or twice

    Overhead photo of Low-Carb Spicy Baked Shrimp after taking out of the oven.

Recipe Notes

Net Carbs per serving: 3 grams (The carbs in this recipe will vary depending on which honey substitute you use. We used Pyure Harmless Honey which is fiber based.

Nutrition Facts
Low-Carb Spicy Baked Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 251.6 Calories from Fat 138
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.3g24%
Saturated Fat 2.1g13%
Cholesterol 285.8mg95%
Sodium 1308.1mg57%
Potassium 130.6mg4%
Carbohydrates 5.9g2%
Fiber 3.1g13%
Sugar 0.5g1%
Protein 23.7g47%
Vitamin A 920%18%
Vitamin C 7.8%9%
Calcium 168.4%17%
Iron 3%17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.