Easy Keto Low-Carb Red Lobster Copycat Garlic Shrimp Scampi is a quick and easy recipe that provides step by step instructions on how to make restaurant quality garlic butter sauce with succulent shrimp, white wine, and parmesan cheese. You can even make the dish without white wine if you prefer.
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This post was originally published in 2018. It has since been updated.
During my teen years and very early twenties, I loved dining out at Red Lobster. Today, I STILL love those cheddar bay biscuits. You seriously can’t shame me into disliking those!
Another favorite of mine from those days was their Garlic Shrimp Scampi. I always seemed to pair it with every dish I ordered. It’s prepared with juicy shrimp and a garlicy sauce. YES, please!
What’s great about this dish is, it’s perfect for the keto lifestyle. The garlic butter sauce is carb-free and loaded with fat to help assist with keto macros. You can even swap the butter out for ghee if you wish!
What Type of Shrimp to Use
Shrimp can be found at the grocery store in a few different ways. There is raw, pre-cooked, raw and frozen, deveined, tails on, tails off, etc.
I never use pre-cooked shrimp. There is an obvious difference in taste due to the lack of quality. The shrimp is cooked and then frozen and you have to cook it/warm it up again. This usually overcooks the shrimp. Raw shrimp only takes minutes to make, just buy it raw.
Always look for deveined, that’s my preference. The black vein that runs along the back of the shrimp is the digestive intestinal tract. Is this shrimp poop, yes.
You can buy it with the vein and remove it using a sharp paring knife to make a slit along the back and lift out the vein with the tip of the knife.
Check out tips on How to Peel and Devein Shrimp here.
Buy large shrimp. No one likes those baby shrimp and they are harder to fry.
How to Thaw Frozen Shrimp
Place the frozen shrimp in a large bowl of cold water. The shrimp will thaw within minutes and will be ready to peel.
What’s in Shrimp Scampi Sauce?
The key components to a shrimp scampi sauce are butter, white wine, and garlic.
You can check out a Classic Shrimp Scampi Recipe here.
How to Make Garlic Butter Sauce for Shrimp Scampi
- Add garlic to a skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
- Add white wine, fresh lemon juice, Italian Seasoning, and optional red pepper flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes. The wine sauce will start to bubble.
- Add the butter to the skillet. Allow it melt.
How to Substitute Wine and Make the Dish Without Wine
Yes, instead of using wine you can use equal parts of chicken or vegetable broth.
Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi Calories
Red Lobster Garlic Shrimp Scampi has 240 calories, 18 grams of fat, 4 net carbs, and 17 grams of protein. The macros are very comparable to the macros within this recipe.
How Does Red Lobster Make Their Shrimp Pasta?
Their recipe uses the same ingredients found in this recipe in addition to heavy cream and 8 ounces of pasta.
What to Pair with Scampi
- Zucchini Noodles
- Cauliflower Mash
- Keto Creamed Spinach
- Southern Fried Cabbage
- Keto Cornbread
- Okra and Tomatoes
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- 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 teaspoon McCormick’s Montreal Chicken Seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tablespoons butter, microwave for 15 seconds to soften
- 1 cup white wine, use dry white wine with little sugar I used Pinot Grigio (If strict keto use chicken broth or vegetable broth)
- ½ lemon, juice of
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
- chopped parsley to garnish
- Season the shrimp with the chicken seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat a skillet on medium-high heat.
- Add the olive oil to the skillet with the shrimp.
- Cook both sides of the shrimp for a total of 3-4 minutes until the shrimp turns bright pink.
- Remove the shrimp from the skillet.
- Add the garlic to the skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
- Add the white wine, fresh lemon juice,Italian Seasoning, and optional red pepper flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes. The wine sauce will start to bubble.
- Lower the heat and cook for 2 additional minutes
- Add the butter to the skillet. Allow it melt.
- Add the shrimp back to the pan. Allow the dish to cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese and parsley.
The white wine plays a key role in the flavor of this dish. You can substitute it for broth, but it will not taste exactly the same.
Try to find the largest shrimp you can! I like to shop at Costco for mine.
The sauce is the KEY to the flavor of this dish. Dip every bite you take in the sauce for maximum flavor.
I prefer to remove the shell from the tails of the shrimp. It makes the dish easier to eat! For really nice presentation, I recommend to keep them on (as you can see in the photography of this dish). Do what works best for you!
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- McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Chicken Seasoning (Features a Savory Blend of All-Natural Herbs and Spices Like Garlic, Salt, Onion, Orange Peel, Paprika and Green Bell Pepper, Certified Kosher), 23 oz
- McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, 6.25 oz
- 2 Pack Black Kitchen Tongs, Premium Silicone BPA Free Non-Stick Stainless Steel BBQ Cooking Grilling Locking Food Tongs, 9-Inch & 12-Inch
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 284Total Fat 17gCarbohydrates 3gProtein 38g