Shrimp and Asparagus Skillet – Light + Low-Carb Recipe

Yields: 2-3 Servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp: Peeled, deveined, tails removed.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch asparagus: Trim tough ends, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic: Minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional): For a touch of heat
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (or substitute with chicken broth)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

  • Prep the shrimp: Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Cook the asparagus: Heat half the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 4-5 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  • Cook the shrimp: Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet. Add the shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes per side, or until they turn pink and are cooked through. Remove the shrimp to the plate with the asparagus.
  • Make the sauce: Reduce heat to medium. Add the butter, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using) to the skillet and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Deglaze the pan with the white wine (or broth), scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  • Finish and serve: Simmer the sauce for 1-2 minutes, until slightly reduced. Return the asparagus and shrimp to the skillet, then add the lemon juice. Toss to coat everything in the sauce. Remove from heat and stir in parsley.

Serve immediately over your choice of:

  • Plain for ultra low-carb
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Brown rice (for a more moderate low-carb option)

Optional Additions:

  • Substitute half the butter with extra virgin olive oil for an even lighter dish.
  • Add a small, finely chopped shallot with the garlic for extra flavor.
  • A pinch of grated Parmesan cheese right at the end.

Tips:

  • Don’t overcook the shrimp or it will become tough.
  • Use fresh asparagus for the best flavor and texture.
  • Adjust the seasonings to your liking.

Enjoy your healthy and delicious Shrimp and Asparagus Skillet!

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