Seared shrimp stay plump and sweet, bathed in a rich and cheesy cream sauce with fresh basil and just the right amount of spice. This creamy shrimp with parmesan is a super delicious keto dinner!

CourseAppetizer, dinner, Main Course CuisineKeto Prep Time10 minutes Cook Time17 minutes Total Time27 minutes Servings4Calories690kcal

CourseAppetizer, dinner, Main Course CuisineKeto Prep Time10 minutes Cook Time17 minutes Total Time27 minutes Servings4Calories690kcal


  • ▢2 tbsp oil from jarred sun-dried tomatoes
  • ▢1 1/2 lb (700g) raw jumbo shrimp – peeled, deveined with tails on
  • ▢1/2 yellow onion – finely chopped
  • ▢2-3 large garlic cloves – minced
  • ▢2 oz (56g) oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes – drained and small chopped
  • ▢1/2 cup (120ml) low-sodium fish or vegetable stock
  • ▢1 1/2 cups (360ml) heavy cream
  • ▢1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • ▢1/2 tsp crushed chili flakes – or to taste
  • ▢1 cup (100g) fresh grated Parmesan
  • ▢sea salt and ground black pepper – to taste
  • ▢1 cup (24g) packed fresh basil leaves – plus more for garnish


  • In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, heat the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, then sear them in 2 batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, until just pink. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same preheated skillet, add the onion, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Sauté for about 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently
  • Add the stock and stir to remove all brown bits stuck on the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer until reduced by half.
  • Reduce the heat to a medium-low.
  • Add the cream, paprika, and crushed chili flakes to the skillet and stir until a creamy sauce forms
  • Add the Parmesan, stirring until melted into the sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Add the shrimp back to the skillet and reheat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve!

Recipe Notes

For best results, check out my detailed Tips & Tricks in the post above before cooking this easy keto shrimp recipe. Here’s a quick summary of what’s covered:

  1. For easy ingredient swaps to make this creamy shrimp recipe your own, see Tip #1.
  2. Tip #2 includes all of my favorite serving recommendations for keto shrimp in parmesan sauce.
  3. And for time-saving tricks, head to Tip #3 (if this easy recipe isn’t fast enough!)


Calories: 690kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 573mg | Sodium: 1906mg | Potassium: 511mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2287IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 607mg | Iron: 5mg

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