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Low Carb Garlic Parmesan Shrimp

Low carb Garlic Parmesan Shrimp recipe is rich, delicious, and on the table in under 30 minutes. Served over spaghetti squash, this meal has only 9 net carbs per serving and is naturally gluten free!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Seafood
Servings: 4
Calories: 403kcal


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash * about 5 cups
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 12 ounces shrimp * I use small or medium, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic * minced
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley * roughly chopped


  • Poke several holes all way into the center of the spaghetti squash, then microwave on a plate for 8-12 minutes on high, or until tender. Allow to cool some, the scrap out the inside with a fork.
  • While the squash is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and cook on one side, undisturbed, for 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook another 1-2 minutes or until they are just slightly opaque and white. Remove to a bowl or plate.
  • Add the garlic to the same pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant, then add the vegetable stock and heavy cream.
  • Whisk in the Parmesan cheese. Keep whisking to prevent lumps.
  • Turn the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, then lower and simmer until reduced and somewhat thickened, whisking frequently.
  • Mix in the shrimp and cooked spaghetti squash and heat through.
  • Top with the fresh parsley.



Tips and Techniques

  • You can use pre-cooked shrimp, if preferred. Wait until the end to add the thawed shrimp in with the spaghetti squash, then cook a few minutes to warm them.
  • If you prefer to roast the spaghetti squash be prepared for it to take about 45 minutes to an hour to fully bake in the oven.
  • Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 312mg | Sodium: 1426mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1377IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 339mg | Iron: 2mg