Keto Garlic Parmesan Baked Shrimp

I don’t know if it’s because it’s summertime or what, but I’ve been on a little bit of a seafood kick lately. It tends to be high in clean protein and a good source of healthy fats, but not so rich that you can’t soup it up with some yummy extras to take it to the next level. Take this keto parmesan shrimp recipe for example.

Shrimp on its own? Good. Shrimp marinated in garlic and herbs? Better! Shrimp marinated in garlic and herbs, then topped with melty, cheesy goodness? Yes, please! I like this keto garlic parmesan shrimp as a side or appetizer, but you can also make them the centerpiece of a light summer meal served with zucchini noodles or other veggies.

Keto Garlic Parmesan Shrimp

Keto Garlic Parmesan Broiled Shrimp

Serve these cheesy keto shrimp alongside steak for the perfect surf ‘n turf, or with zuchinni noodles as its own meal. Per 4 shrimp: ~265kcal, 20g fat, 19g protein, <1g net carbs

  • Prep Time: 35m
  • Cook Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 40m
  • Serves: 4
  • Yield: 16 shrimp

Ingredients

  • 16 raw jumbo shrimp (~12oz)

Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsely
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Topping

  • 3 tablespoons mayo
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 ounces (~42g) fresh grated parmesan

Instructions

Marinate the Shrimp

  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, and up to 4 hours.

Top the Shrimp

  1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  2. With a small paring knife, butterfly the shrimp by cutting along the inner curve; be careful not to cut all the way through. Fan the shrimp open and arrange cut side up on the prepared baking sheet. Baste with any leftover marinade.
  3. In a small bowl, combine mayo, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Brush each shrimp with ~1/2t of this mixture. Finally, top shrimp with grated parmesan.

Broil the Shrimp

  1. Place the shrimp under a broiler set to high for 5-6 minutes, or until the topping is golden and the shrimp are cooked through. Be careful not to overcook.

Notes:

  • If using frozen shrimp, I would recommend thawing first before marinating for this keto shrimp recipe.
  • I like to use tail-on jumbo shrimp for this recipe because it makes them easier to serve, but you can use smaller shrimp instead if you adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Don’t have a broiler? You can also just bake these keto garlic parmesan shrimp for 7-10 minutes at 400F instead.

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