|December 28, 2020

Keto Poached Butter Shrimp

By Bulletproof Staff
Reviewed for Scientific Accuracy

Keto Poached Butter Shrimp

Butter shrimp recipe and content provided by Joshua Weissman

These butter shrimp get a star treatment from delicate poaching, while allowing a few simple ingredients to compliment their natural flavor. If you find the freshest wild-caught shrimp, this recipe makes it easy to have a wow-worthy appetizer or elegant main dish in under 30 minutes.

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Shrimp are so commonly mistreated and hidden under overpowering sauces. They’re often cooked in harsh boiling water, which causes them to toughen up and become easier to overcook. These butter shrimp take a different approach by allowing them to cook in fat at just the right temperature.

Butter shrimp are easy to adapt to your favorite herbs and spices: Try swapping out oregano and basil with parsley, cilantro, or thyme for delicious taste. Serve with zoodles or asparagus for a simple meal that satisfies.

Wild-caught butter shrimp get the royal treatment, thanks to a creamy fat sauce and fresh, succulent herbs. Whole30, keto, and paleo.

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Keto Poached Butter Shrimp


Start to Finish: 25 minutes


  • 1 pound large wild-caught raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 32 shrimp)
  • 1 cup Grass-Fed Ghee, or butter cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 sprigs fresh oregano, or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Fresh basil to garnish
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a pan, bring water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and whisk in butter or ghee. Continue constantly whisking until the sauce becomes smooth, evenly textured, and emulsified.
  2. Add bay leaf, oregano, lemon zest, and shrimp to the pan. Season generously with salt. Stir to coat the shrimp in the butter mixture, and spread them so that they lay evenly across the pan.
  3. Bring liquid up to a light simmer over medium low heat and cook shrimp until pink and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Serve butter shrimp with a thin pool of sauce and fresh torn basil to garnish.

Serves: 4

Nutritional Information (Per Serving):

  • Calories: 304
  • Fat: 27g
  • Saturated Fat: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 156mg
  • Salt: 288mg
  • Potassium: 80mg
  • Carbs: .5g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Net Carbs: .5g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Iron: 8%
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