Easy Garlic Basil Shrimp

Easy Garlic Basil Shrimp

This recipe for Easy Garlic Basil Shrimp makes a delicious main course. This recipe can work for a low-carb, ketogenic, diabetic, LC/HF, gluten-free, grain-free, or Banting diet.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4
Author Annissa Slusher


  • 1 pound shrimp deveined, peeled, and defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons butter quantity divided
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons basil minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  1. Dry shrimp using paper towels. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter (reserving the other tablespoon for later). 

  2. When butter melts and stops foaming, add shrimp to the pan. Do not crowd the pan. Shrimp should not touch each other. If necessary, cook shrimp in batches. 

  3. Sprinkle shrimp lightly with salt and pepper. Allow shrimp to brown on the first side without moving (about 2-3 minutes), then turn. Cook until shrimp are cooked through (about 2-3 minutes longer), then remove to a plate and set aside.

  4. Turn heat to low. Add second tablespoon of butter to skillet. 

  5. When butter stops foaming, add garlic. Cook for about 1 minute. Add lemon juice and cook, scraping up browned bits, until liquid has almost completely evaporated. Stir in shrimp and any liquids that have accumulated on the plate.

  6. Remove skillet from heat, then stir in basil, chili pepper flakes, and lemon zest. 

  7. Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: about 4 ounces

Per serving:

Calories: 134

Fat (g): 7

Carbs (g): 2

Fiber (g): 0

Protein (g): 15

Net carbs (g):2