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The keto diet may have plenty of restrictions (sorry, carbs and sugar), but with those limitations comes creativity. And it’s a great excuse to splurge a little on protein like shrimp. Whether you’re buying it fresh, frozen or precooked (we get it, you’re busy), shrimp can be a versatile part of the keto diet and can be enjoyed in so many fun ways. Below, a slew of keto shrimp ideas to add to your low-carb life.

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1. Shrimp with Cauliflower “Grits” And Arugula

This tasty square meal is full of fiber and will keep you full all day. Plus, even non-keto eaters will be happy to share, if you’re feeling generous.

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2. Shrimp Fajita Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing

It’s crunchy, a little spicy and extremely satisfying. Prepare to make this salad part of your recipe routine.

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3. 20-Minute Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

It’s kind of unreal that this one-pan recipe is so quick, easy and totally keto. Call us obsessed.

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4. Shrimp and Spring Vegetable Cauliflower Rice Paella

At this performance, cauliflower will be playing the role of rice. (And we’re so, so thankful it is.)

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5. Easy Shrimp Ceviche

The cool thing about keto is that once you’re committed, you start realizing that all these foods you already love are naturally low-carb, like shrimp ceviche, which is actually really simple to make. (Just swap out the chips for keto tortilla chips.)

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6. Paleo Spiralized Vegetable Salad with Shrimp Skewers

If you think of a sad, slimy plate of zoodles when someone says “spiralized veggies,” this dish is going to completely blow your mind.

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7. Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti Squash

When you’re not eating actual spaghetti, spaghetti squash is a fantastic substitute (especially in this shrimp recipe, where it soaks up all the butter sauce like a dream).

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8. Sheet-Pan Lemon Pepper Shrimp

This super easy recipe is huge on flavor and can be used to top any salad or combined with a keto side dish (we’re looking at you, cauliflower rice).

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9. Gambas Al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Shrimp)

Host a tapas party with this classic Spanish dish that’s all about the sizzling shrimp. Other keto-friendly tapas ideas? Chorizo, grilled octopus and roasted red peppers. You’re welcome.

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10. Shrimp and Artichoke Green Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Nothing against salad, but eating it for dinner can be kind of a disappointment. Not so with this beauty that’s packed with herb-coated shrimp and drizzled with lemon vinaigrette.

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11. Blackened Shrimp Kale Caesar Salad

The shrimp is a revelation on its own, but add the homemade Greek-yogurt Caesar dressing and you’ll be in total keto bliss.

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12. Super Quick Avocado Shrimp Salad

Bookmark this recipe for when you’re in a time crunch and need a quick keto meal. (And because this salad is best served cold, you can also pack it as a nice grab-and-go option.)

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13. Chipotle Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups

It’s amazing what some hot sauce and lime juice can do to shrimp. Wrap it in some lettuce leaves and you have a whole meal.

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14. Shrimp Veracruz

This spicy Mexican-inspired shrimp in zingy tomato sauce is full of complex flavor that tastes like it took hours to make, but it’s actually ready in less than half an hour. (Go you.)

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