New Orleans BBQ Shrimp (Keto, Low-Carb)

Have you ever seen New Orleans BBQ Shrimp on a menu and wonder at the mysteries of making it? Surprise! It’s not hard at all! Read on to see all of my, Chef Jenn’s, tips and tricks to make this keto shrimp recipe perfectly every time!

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Here’s an easy and tasty dish that’s a classic in the South: New Orleans BBQ Shrimp. Interestingly enough, there’s not a barbecue around when making this classic dish, so buy some shrimp and get ready for this remarkably easy dish that’s packed full of flavor!

Interestingly, there are just a few flavor-packed ingredients in this dish, and here’s how to make it!

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How to Make New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

Clean your shrimp and remove the tails. Tail-on shrimp look pretty, but they’re messy to eat, and I don’t know about you, but when I want shrimp, I want to eat and not fuss with removing tails.

Sautee the shrimp in the garlic and butter in a large skillet, then add the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper (if needed, your Cajun spice blend may already have salt in it), and garnish with some chopped green onion. It’s that simple!

Chef’s Tips

  • Use good quality shrimp. Size isn’t too important, but don’t buy them too small
  • This is a naturally salty dish so use unsalted butter if you want to cut down a bit on the sodium
  • Use fresh lemon juice (not from a bottle) to add a fresh, bright flavor
  • Fresh garlic is also best in this dish, so chop it up finely before using
  • Make sure your Cajun seasoning is keto-friendly!
  • Also try this keto Coconut Shrimp recipe!
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Keto New Orleans BBQ Shrimp as an appetizer

What to Serve with New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

This simple keto shrimp recipe has an unbelievable flavor so you don’t want to have a side dish that conflicts with that. So, pick something simple like roasted veg, or even just Cauliflower Rice.

Is This Keto Seafood Recipe Freezable?

Yes! You can totally freeze this dish. To freeze it, fully prepare the recipe and chill it for several hours in the fridge.

When it is good and cold, package it in freezer-friendly plastic zipper bags or in your favorite freezer containers. Freeze it for up to three months.

Try to keep the shrimp covered in sauce – this will help protect them from freezer burn.

To reheat this dish, thaw it in the fridge overnight and heat it at half power in the microwave until heated through. Or, gently warm it in a pan on the stove. Your butter sauce might separate a little bit, but it’ll still taste great.

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New Orleans BBQ Shrimp (Keto, Low-Carb)

Easier than you might think to make, this keto seafood dish is amazing! Treat yourself to New Orleans BBQ Shrimp today!
Course Seafood
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq shrimp, cajun recipes, creole, easy seafood recipe, keto seafood recipes, seafood, shrimp
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 226kcal
Author Chef Jenn


  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 3 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic minced finely
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp green onions chopped


  • Peel and devein the shrimp, clean them and set them aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the garlic and Cajun seasoning and cook for 1 minute. Add the shrimp, and toss until cooked. About 3-4 minutes depending on the size of your shrimp.
  • Turn off the heat. Add the Worchestershire sauce to the pan, the lemon juice, and the water to make a bit of a sauce. Check for seasoning, adding more salt if necessary.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions and serve!



Serving: 0.25of the total | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 316mg | Sodium: 926mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1229IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 3mg | Net Carbohydrates: 2g

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

about jenn

Hi, I’m Jenn!

I’m a cookbook author (Keto Soup Cookbook and Keto Diabetic Cookbook and Meal Plan) as well as a retired chef, recipe developer, and writer of this blog (that’s a lot of hats!). I embarked on a journey to create foodie-worthy Keto-friendly meals that any home cook can be proud of! No matter if you’re low-carb, no-carb, dirty, or strict Keto, there are recipes in Keto Cooking Wins for you and your family. Read more...

8 thoughts on “New Orleans BBQ Shrimp (Keto, Low-Carb)”

  1. This is such a wonderful shrimp dish! We try to have seafood at least twice per week and this shrimp dish has become one of our favorite go-to recipes.

  2. Delicious! I loved this shrimp recipe. Just enough heat for me to enjoy but not so much that the kids didn’t like it.

  3. Yummy recipe ! I loved this BBQ shrimp recipe. Yesterday, I was in great hurry and wondering what to prepare for lunch which could be easy and quick to make. So,I ended up preparing this shrimp. Everyone liked the dish too. Thanks for sharing.

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