Air Fryer Keto Shrimp Scampi

Just 8 minutes start to finish to make this delicious Air Fryer Keto Shrimp Scampi.  It’s so simple to make, and so tasty, that you won’t believe it.

Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi served in a white bowl on a white table cloth

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What Makes This Keto Shrimp Scampi So Great

What could I possibly say about Shrimp Scampi that hasn’t already been said before? Probably nothing. Except that this Keto Shrimp Scampi Recipe has no wine, lots of butter, garlic, and flavor, and I made it in an air fryer.

At this point, you’re probably asking yourself, how do I make shrimp scampi in an air fryer? In a pan, that’s how.

Of course, you could make this very same Keto Shrimp Scampi in an oven, or on the stovetop. You’d follow almost the same cooking directions, but I liked making this Shrimp Scampi in the air fryer for three reasons.

  1. It was super fast. Like 8 minutes fast. Just follow the exact order I list to get the most efficient workflow because yes, workflow in cooking is a thing.
  2. It didn’t heat up my whole kitchen.
  3. There were zero splatters anywhere on my kitchen counter.

So if you’re wondering if the world really needs YET ANOTHER Shrimp Scampi recipe, my answer is a resounding yes when it comes to this Keto Shrimp Scampi.

How To Make This Air Fryer Keto Shrimp Scampi

Four step by step shots to show how to make shrimp scampi
  1. Turn your air fryer to 330F. Place a 6 x 3 metal pan in it and allow it to start heating while you gather your ingredients. Place the butter, garlic, and red pepper flakes into the hot 6-inch pan.
  2. Allow it to cook for 2 minutes, stirring once, until the butter has melted. Do not skip this step. This is what infuses garlic into the butter, which is what makes it all taste so good. Open the air fryer, add all ingredients to the pan in the order listed, stirring gently.
  3. Allow shrimp to cook for 5 minutes, stirring once. At this point, the butter should be well-melted and liquid, bathing the shrimp in spiced goodness.
  4. Mix very well, remove the 6-inch pan using silicone mitts, and let it rest for 1 minute on the counter. You’re doing this so that you let the shrimp cook in the residual heat, rather than letting it accidentally overcook and get rubbery. Stir at the end of the minute. The shrimp should be well-cooked at this point.

Tips And Tricks For Making Keto Shrimp Scampi

  • I know it may feel a little different to eat shrimp scampi without pasta, but that’s why we have zoodles and mashed cauliflower in this world.
  • If carbs are not an issue, you can do pasta of course.
  • If using frozen shrimp, you will need to cook for longer. I haven’t tried it with frozen shrimp, so unfortunately I can’t tell you how much longer. If you figure out the exact cook time, make sure to let me know in the comments!
  • If you’re allergic to shrimp, you could try with bite-size chicken pieces, and check at the end of the cooking period to see if it needs longer.
  • To make this vegetarian, you could make the same sauce and mix it with drained, canned chickpeas. You could also try lightly steamed cauliflower or broccoli in this sauce.
  • By the way, if you want to make a keto shrimp scampi in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker check out my Instant Pot Creamy Shrimp Scampi Recipe here.

Can You Cook Frozen Shrimp In The Air Fryer?

You absolutely can cook frozen shrimp in the air fryer. If using frozen shrimp, you will need to cook for longer. I haven’t tried it with frozen shrimp, so unfortunately I can’t tell you how much longer.

One thing I would suggest is to defrost them under running warm water for a couple of minutes before cooking to follow the recipe exactly.

Is Shrimp OK For Keto?

Shrimp is actually fantastic for living a keto lifestyle! For a single serving size of 9 shrimp, there are only 3 grams of carbs.

They’re so low carb that it’s one of my favorite proteins to enjoy when trying to keep within my macros.

What Goes Well With Shrimp Scampi?

  • A simple side salad of spinach, kale and arugula.
  • Garlic bread is a popular option. If you are trying to keep things low carb you should try my Cauliflower Bread Sticks!
  • Shrimp Scampi is often served on a bed of linguine. Now if you’re living a keto lifestyle like I am, you can use Carbanada noodles instead. They’re a wonderfully low carb pasta substitute that I often use to keep my carb count low.

Variations For This Shrimp Scampi

  • Smoked Shrimp Scampi– add smoked paprika before cooking.
  • Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi– sprinkle some lemon pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon.
  • Spicy Shrimp Scampi– A splash (or three) of hot sauce and a sprinkle of cayenne or red pepper flakes makes this a spice lover’s dream.
  • Shrimp Linguine– Top a bed of your favorite pasta with this delicious shrimp and butter sauce if you’re not counting carbs.

Looking For More Great Keto Shrimp Recipes? Check These Out!

With a dish this quick, easy, delicious and low carb, you’re sure to love my Keto Shrimp Scampi! Make sure to share this recipe with your friends on Pinterest and Facebook so they can enjoy it as well!

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Keto Shrimp Scampi

8 minutes start to finish to make this air fryer keto low carb shrimp scampi. So simple to make, so delicious you won’t believe it.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Course: Appetizers, Main Courses

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Air Fried Shrimp Scampi, Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi, Keto Shrimp Scampi

Servings: 4

Calories: 221kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Turn your air fryer to 330F. Place a 6 x 3 metal pan in it and allow it to start heating while you gather your ingredients.
  • Place the butter, garlic, and red pepper flakes into the hot 6-inch pan.
  • Allow it to cook for 2 minutes, stirring once, until the butter has melted. Do not skip this step. This is what infuses garlic into the butter, which is what makes it all taste so good.

  • Open the air fryer, add butter, lemon juice,, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, chives, basil, chicken stock, and shrimp to the pan in the order listed, stirring gently.
  • Allow shrimp to cook for 5 minutes, stirring once. At this point, the butter should be well-melted and liquid, bathing the shrimp in spiced goodness.

  • Mix very well, remove the 6-inch pan using silicone mitts, and let it rest for 1 minute on the counter. You’re doing this so that you let the shrimp cook in the residual heat, rather than letting it accidentally overcook and get rubbery.
  • Stir at the end of the minute. The shrimp should be well-cooked at this point.

  • Sprinkle additional fresh basil leaves and enjoy.

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Tips And Tricks For Making Keto Shrimp Scampi

  • I know it may feel a little different to eat shrimp scampi without pasta, but that’s why we have zoodles and mashed cauliflower in this world.
  • If carbs are not an issue, you can do pasta of course.
  • If using frozen shrimp, you will need to cook for longer. I haven’t tried it with frozen shrimp, so unfortunately I can’t tell you how much longer. If you figure out the exact cook time, make sure to let me know in the comments!
  • If you’re allergic to shrimp, you could try with bite-size chicken pieces, and check at the end of the cooking period to see if it needs longer.
  • To make this vegetarian, you could make the same sauce and mix it with drained, canned chickpeas. You could also try lightly steamed cauliflower or broccoli in this sauce.
  • By the way, if you want to make a keto shrimp scampi in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker check out my Instant Pot Creamy Shrimp Scampi Recipe here.

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Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g

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This post was originally published on November 30, 2017, at 3:39 PM

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