Southwestern Skillet Fried Shrimp

Southwestern Skillet Fried Shrimp is truly a marvelous recipe. It is about as simple as it gets. Yet, the flavor explosion is perfect on the palate. So much so, you will want to make this a regular recipe for your low-carb lifestyle. We have! And best of all, not only is it a 10 minute recipe, but it has one carb! You will see that we feature this delicious shrimp recipe with our Cauliflower Spanish Style Rice and our Keto Refried Beans for a perfect meal.

Our site is filled with delicious shrimp recipes. Many have a Southwestern twist, since Joanie is heavily influenced by the food we eat in Arizona. More importantly, we just love shrimp dishes. Just like Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue from Forrest Gump, we could fill a blog post with links to all of them. There are so many ways to use shrimp. Here are a few for our favorites:

  • Shrimp in Garlic Sauce (Gambas al Ajillo)

    Cooks in 14 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    Shrimp in Garlic Sauce (Gambas al Ajillo) is a classic Spanish tapa dish! Delicious, oozing with garlic flavor, and very low carb! A keto diet friendly recipe.

  • Shrimp and Green Chili Omelette

    Cooks in 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

    Low Carb Shrimp and Green Chili Omelette is a tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner omelette with a Southwestern flair. The combination of shrimp and green chiles is delicious!


Of course, fried shrimp is the main ingredient in the recipe. When dipping or eating by themselves, bigger is better. However, for many of our recipes we use smaller shrimp (20-25 count). Especially for recipes that contain cream sauces. We also use smaller sized shrimp for our shrimp tacos and appetizer recipes. The 20-25 count for this recipe is perfect, since they also fill up our tacos.. They will cook quickly and be delicious. Just do not overcook your shrimp – they will become tough.

Joanie flavored the shrimp with a Southwestern/Mexican spice blend. The smokiness of the paprika and regular garlic powder is kicked up a notch with traditional Mexican cumin. As a result, you will have a real flavor treat in every bite. Stick with this flavor blend – it makes the recipe! This is one of her creations that will truly amaze you. Try the blend as stated – you will love it.

Preparation Tips

As we mentioned previously, above all, do not overcook the shrimp. Make sure the shrimp are at room temperature when you begin frying. You do not want your hot pan to cool down – the shrimp will then take longer to cook and become rubbery. Try 2-3 minutes total, in a hot skillet. We like using our favorite cast iron skillet for this recipe. Turn once and they should be ready to serve. They will cook a little longer when removed from the heat.

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As shown, we use this recipe for Shrimp tacos. We make a batch of our Keto Almond Flour Tortillas, line the shell with shredded red cabbage (sometimes sliced radish), and sprinkle with a little crumbled Cotija cheese, avocado, tomato, and chopped cilantro. If you make the same recipe with smaller shrimp they will yield a perfect appetizer. Check out our Keto Shrimp and Guacamole Appetizer.

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Southwestern Skillet Fried Shrimp – So Easy, So Delicious, and One Carb!

Southwestern Skillet Fried Shrimp is so easy to make, so delicious to eat, a perfect spice blend and only one carb! This dinner is a 10 minute meal and a low-carb classic! It is the perfect for shrimp tacos. Try pairing the shrimp with our Cauliflower Spanish Style Rice and our Keto Refried Beans and you will have a delicious Mexican restaurant style dinner tonight!

Southwestern Skillet Fried Shrimp

Recipe by Joanie and Chris
4.9 from 12 votes
Course: Fish and Seafood, Snack MealsCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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Southwestern Skillet Fried Shrimp is so easy to make, so delicious to eat, a perfect spice blend and only one carb! This dinner is a 10 minute meal – perfect as low-carb shrimp tacos!

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  • Use a medium bowl and mix the spice ingredients thoroughly.
  • Toss the shrimp in the bowl and stir until coated with spices.
  • Heat a skillet to medium, then add the olive oil. Place the shrimp in the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, flip once. Do not crowd.
  • Serve hot with Cauliflower Spanish Rice and Low Carb Refried Beans, or in Shrimp tacos.


Chef’s Notes

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 188.9kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 0.5g
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Fat: 21.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.9g
  • Sodium: 586.9mg
  • Potassium: 19.8mg
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Vitamin A: 197IU
  • Vitamin C: 9mg
  • Calcium: 6.6mg
  • Iron: 5mg
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  • Country of Origin: Spain

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