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Easy Garlic Shrimp

Indulge in the deliciousness of this easy Garlic Shrimp with bacon in creamy parmesan sauce. This fantastic dish features garlicky shrimp and crispy bacon, all smothered in a creamy parmesan sauce. It’s a restaurant-quality meal that you can easily create in the comfort of your own home.

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Get ready for an incredibly creamy garlic shrimp recipe, all tossed up in a rich parmesan sauce and cooked in just one skillet in less than 15 minutes! This dish is so dreamy with its blend of garlic, butter, bacon, and shrimp, not to mention the addition of heavy cream, parmesan cheese, and a splash of lemon juice. It’s a combo of bright flavors paired with my favorite seafood. Plus, for those watching their carb intake, this recipe is low in carbs and high in protein, making it an excellent choice for Keto dieters.

Cooking shrimp in a skillet.

Ingredients For Garlic Shrimp

  • For the Bacon: Four slices of thick-cut bacon.
  • For the Shrimp: Butter, shrimp, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  • For the Sauce: Chicken broth, heavy whipping cream, grated parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning.

How To Make Garlic Shrimp

  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet to a desired doneness/crispiness; remove from pan.
  2. Melt the butter in the same pan and add the shrimp and garlic. Cook for just a few minutes or until the shrimp is pink and opaque. Don’t overcook the shrimp because they will turn out dry and rubbery. 
  3. Remove shrimp from skillet.
  4. Add heavy cream and some chicken broth to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Stir in the parmesan cheese and let simmer for a couple of minutes or until thickened and creamy.
  5. Return shrimp and bacon to skillet; simmer for just a minute, or until everything is warmed through. 

Serving Suggestions

Rice is always an obvious choice, but you can serve shrimp over pasta or try them with smashed potatoes. To keep it low carb, serve shrimp with meaty mushrooms or spaghetti squash pasta. I also serve this as an appetizer on game days!

Shrimp and bacon in a skillet.

Proper Storage

Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Easy Shrimp Recipes

Cooking shrimp in a skillet.

Easy Garlic Shrimp

Katerina | Diethood
This easy garlic shrimp is prepared with crispy bacon and juicy shrimp smothered in a creamy parmesan sauce! 
5 from 21 votes
Servings : 6 serves
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1.5 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • chopped fresh parsley, for serving
  • lemon slices, for serving


  • Set a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sprinkle the chopped bacon into the hot skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or to a desired crispiness. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Add butter to the skillet and let it melt. Stir in shrimp and garlic.
  • Season with salt and pepper and cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until just cooked through and pink. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Add chicken broth to the hot skillet and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in heavy cream and bring to a simmer.
  • Whisk in parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning; lower heat to a steady simmer and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until creamy and thickened.
  • Return bacon and shrimp to the skillet and let simmer for a minute, or just until heated through.
  • Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over the shrimp; stir and garnish with chopped parsley.
  • Serve with lemon slices.


  • Store the shrimp in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 392 kcal | Carbohydrates: 2 g | Protein: 29 g | Fat: 29 g | Saturated Fat: 14 g | Cholesterol: 361 mg | Sodium: 1171 mg | Potassium: 195 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 0 g | Vitamin A: 670 IU | Vitamin C: 5.4 mg | Calcium: 249 mg | Iron: 2.9 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: cheese, creamy sauce, easy shrimp recipe, keto recipes, keto side dishes, low carb recipe, shrimp appetizer, shrimp dinner recipe
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32 comments on “Easy Garlic Shrimp”

  1. Fabulous!! Easy to make and delicious. Make sure you have some great artisan bread to not waste any of the sauce. And don’t leave out the lemon.

    1. Great to hear you found it fabulous and easy to make! The tip about using artisan bread to enjoy the sauce and not skipping the lemon is fantastic. Thanks for sharing your experience! 🙂

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        Maureen Paige

        Delicious! I am Keto, my partner is not, but he loved it too! He had it over rice. I generally avoid shrimp but I will make this again!! I had broccoli on the side. This is a keeper!

        1. It’s fantastic to hear that the recipe was a hit! ❤️ It’s always great to find dishes that can be versatile and enjoyed by everyone, regardless of dietary choices. 😊

  2. We were emptying out our freezer at season’s end in our camp in Maine and had a bag of frozen shrimp and a slab of frozen bacon left. I looked up shrimp and bacon recipes and this one popped up. It was wonderful especially on a windy, wet fall evening with good Maine neighbors. Great flavor contrasts between the sweetness of the shrimp and saltiness of the bacon. Will definitely make it again.

  3. Really delicious! I made this just as written but also threw in a bit of Cajun seasoning as I was serving it with red beans & rice for my family and then roasted cauliflower for myself. Really easy, family friendly and keto-friendly. I will definitely make again!

    1. Just made this with my fiance for dinner. We both started keto a couple months ago and recipes like this make it so easy to stick to it. We followed the recipe exactly, except we only had 1lb of shrimp. Also, we wanted our bacon crispy (we also had thick cut) so we continued cooking the bacon until it was the done-ness we like (very crispy) as the bacon is not cooked more beyond its initial cook. Seriously recommend! We served it over shirataki noodles we cooked in butter with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a dash of the same Italian season called for in the recipe. Im sending this to all of my friends & family, keto or not.

  4. Threw in some brussel sprouts, served it over angel hair pasta and my family devoured it! Will definitely be making again soon!

  5. Loved it. Being from Louisiana I added Trinity to it. Im not big on pasta so served it over Spaghetti Squash.

  6. I served with asparagus and it was perfect! I did use half-n-half to cut the fat down a bit, but it was still very rich and delicious.

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    Emily D of Berkey Water

    I typically don’t leave feedback on recipes that i find online (although i really should more), but I had to tell you that the shrimp combined with the bacon and parm sauce was out of this world! I don’t think i would have thought to come up with this combo, but it makes so much sense and it’s sooo good! Thank you! 🙂

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