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Keto Blackened Shrimp and Asparagus

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Have a delicious and satisfying dinner when you whip up this Keto Blackened Shrimp and Asparagus.

Easy, flavorful, and quick, it’s a perfect dinner for anytime of the week. Seasoned and roasted shrimp pairs with roasted asparagus for a superb healthy dish.

Vertical close-up shot of blackened shrimp over asparagus

Dinner can be one of the most challenging parts of the day. You get done with your long day and just want to relax, but you are tired and hungry.

Well, have I got the dish for you. My Keto Blackened Shrimp and Asparagus is a simple and healthy dish to make for dinner any night of the week.

Plus, you can get some extra shrimp to make my Keto Shrimp Alfredo or serve your dinner with some Keto Spinach Dip

I always love the look on my family’s face when I cook seafood for dinner, especially during the week. It’s definitely a favorite in this house and the cook gets to take a break with a simple recipe.

All you need are a few spices, shrimp, and asparagus, to whip up this tantalizing recipe.

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How to Make Keto Blackened Shrimp and Asparagus

  1. Prepare the shrimp - In a large bowl, mix your ingredients in with the shrimp and coat it thoroughly.
  2. Cook the shrimp - Bring a cast iron skillet up to medium temperature. Lay the shrimp down on the skillet, making sure not to stack them. Cook for five minutes on each side. Once finished, remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Prep the asparagus - Remove the stem ends of the asparagus. Toss them around the same bowl you tossed the shrimp in and coat evenly with some salt and pepper.
  4. Cook the asparagus - In a clean skillet, drizzle some olive oil and bring up to medium heat and saute the asparagus for five minutes or to desired tenderness.
  5. Combine - Add the shrimp in with the asparagus, give a toss, serve, and enjoy!
Horizontal shot of hand picking up piece of blackened shrimp

Tips and Variations

  • Storage - Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Store for up to 4 days in the fridge and up to 2 weeks in the freezer. 
  • Reheating - When heating this blackened shrimp recipe from the freezer, let it thaw on its own. If not, the shrimp will get soggy. Once thawed or if coming from the fridge, simply use the microwave to heat it to the desired temperature.
  • Use a dipping sauce - If you enjoy dipping your shrimp or asparagus in a sauce, I sometimes like using a keto-friendly hot sauce or this Keto Ranch Dressing!
  • Use other seasonings - I usually just go with a cajun seasoning. However, you can use other seasonings if you want to mix flavors up. I sometimes like to go with a sweet and spicy seasoning mixture.
  • Use a nonstick pan - If you’ve always been curious about how to blacken shrimp, let me be clear, it’s not burning it. However, it’s more like roasting with a specific seasoning. If you don’t have a good nonstick pan, it could turn into a mess when making this recipe.
  • Is this recipe gluten-free? - Yes! This blackened shrimp recipe is naturally gluten-free and keto. It’s even AIP or elimination diet friendly as well.
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Common Questions About Keto Blackened Shrimp and Asparagus

What Does Blackened Shrimp Mean?

Blackened shrimp or blackened anything is a process of preparing a dish with certain spices. It is found most popularly in Creole recipes.

Some spices commonly found in blackened food are thyme, oregano, chili pepper, peppercorns, salt, and garlic. The dish is prepared and cooked in cast iron or a hot skillet, giving it the brown-black crust we all love.

What is the Difference Between Cajun and Blackened Seasoning?

Cajun seasoning has a much more specific blend and taste. It goes well with most seafoods and can be bought premixed. Blackened seasoning has a lot of wiggle room.

The process of blackening food usually involves some sort of dairy base in the food and a variety of spices can be used. Both are incredibly easy to do and taste perfect. You can even blacken food with just cajun seasoning.

Make this Keto Blackened Shrimp and Asparagus for dinner tonight, then come back and let me know in the comments below how you liked it!

Horizontal shot of white plate covered with asparagus and blackened shrimp

Blackened Shrimp and Asparagus

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Serves: 2 

Ingredients:

For the Shrimp:

  • 1 Pound Colossal Shrimp, deveined tail on
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

For the Asparagus:

  • 1 Bundle Asparagus
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce

Directions:

A bowl of food on a plate, with Shrimp and Cast iron

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the shrimp and toss well to coat.

A tray of food, with Shrimp and Seasoning

Heat a cast iron grill skillet over medium/high heat and lay shrimp flat, in a single layer. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside.

A bowl of food on a plate, with Shrimp and Seasoning

Using the same bowl you tossed the shrimp in, add the asparagus with their ends cut off. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

A bowl of food on a plate, with Shrimp and Seasoning

In a different skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil. Toss the asparagus in and cook for 5 minutes or until desired level of softness is reached. 

Vertical shot of plate covered in asparagus and blackened shrimp

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Keto Blackened Shrimp and Asparagus

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Have a delicious and satisfying dinner when you whip up this Keto Blackened Shrimp and Asparagus. Easy, flavorful, and quick, it’s a perfect dinner for anytime of the week. Seasoned and roasted shrimp pairs with roasted asparagus for a superb healthy dish.

Ingredients

For the Shrimp:

  • 1 Pound Colossal Shrimp, deveined tail on
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

For the Asparagus:

  • 1 Bundle Asparagus
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce

Instructions

    In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the shrimp and toss well to coat.
    Heat a cast iron grill skillet over medium/high heat and lay shrimp flat, in a single layer. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side.
    Remove from the pan and set aside.
    Using the same bowl you tossed the shrimp in, add the asparagus with their ends cut off.
    Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
    In a different skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil. Toss the asparagus in and cook for 5 minutes or until desired level of softness is reached.

Notes

Storage - Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Store for up to 4 days in the fridge and up to 2 weeks in the freezer.
Reheating - When heating this blackened shrimp recipe from the freezer, let it thaw on its own. If not, the shrimp will get soggy. Once thawed or if coming from the fridge, simply use the microwave to heat it to the desired temperature.
Use a dipping sauce - If you enjoy dipping your shrimp or asparagus in a sauce, I sometimes like using a keto-friendly hot sauce or this Keto Ranch Dressing!
Use other seasonings - I usually just go with a cajun seasoning. However, you can use other seasonings if you want to mix flavors up. I sometimes like to go with a sweet and spicy seasoning mixture.
Use a nonstick pan - If you’ve always been curious about how to blacken shrimp, let me be clear, it’s not burning it. However, it’s more like roasting with a specific seasoning. If you don’t have a good nonstick pan, it could turn into a mess when making this recipe.
Is this recipe gluten-free? - Yes! This blackened shrimp recipe is naturally gluten-free and keto. It’s even AIP or elimination diet friendly as well.

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