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Dinner Recipes: Shrimp in Cream Sauce

Another quick and simple recipe, which can be altered to suit your taste. It is based on a recipe found here. My version below is slightly different to add a few more flavors and to bring down the carbs. This recipe makes 5 servings.



*Carbs per serving:  Approximately 13  net carbs This can be reduced if you cut out or lower the amount of scallops and/or sun-dried tomatoes.  Nutrition information at the bottom.

Cooking and prep time: 15 to 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pound seafood (your combination of medium cleaned raw shrimp and bay scallops. Note: scallops have carbs; shrimp do not.)
  • 4 oz  ground Chorizo  sausage. (Remove from skin if you buy it in links)
  • 1 large leek, diced
  • 4 cups baby spinach; more is okay
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter*
  • 2 cups light cream
  • 1/2 cup white wine, more or less to taste
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
  • 4 ounces sundried tomatoes in oil, drained and cut into small pieces  (These are delicious, but high in carbs. Omit if you are on a strict regimen.)
  • 6 – 8  cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbs chopped parsley*
  • 1 Tbs fresh winter savory or sage (optional; dried is okay)*
  • 2 – 3 tsp dried Italian herbs*
  • To taste: salt, black pepper, Italian red pepper flakes*
  • Optional (not included in carb count) 1 Tbs sour cream or cream cheese as thickener.*

*these items were not factored into carb count because they have only trace amounts or zero of carbs or because they are optional.

Prep Directions

  • Peel and mince garlic
  • Remove chorizo from skin
  • Clean shrimp
  • Dice leeks
  • Measure out spinach, herbs, winter savory, parsley, sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, cream

Cooking Directions

  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and cook about one minute.
  • Add chorizo and cook until the meat has lost its pinkish color (about 5 minutes)
  • Add shrimp and cook until it starts turning pink (about 4 minutes)
  • Transfer shrimp and Chorizo to a bowl.
  • Fry leeks in the butter remaining in the skillet, adding more butter as necessary and deglazing with white wine .
  • After the mixture reduces and the leeks are translucent, add sun- dried tomatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat and the cream. Stir and bring to a low summer.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste; adjust the wine.
  • Add spinach leaves and stir.
  • After spinach has wilted, add parmesan cheese.
  • Summer and stir until cheese is melted. Cream cheese or sour cream can be added if you would like a thicker sauce, but I don’t use this (and it’s not included in the carb count).
  • Add the shrimp back into the pan.
  • Sprinkle with herbs and parsley.


Options and Variations

Serve over spiralized turnips or zucchini noodles

Counting Carbs

Carb counts are approximate net carbs. based on Verywell.com nutrition label calculator, 

5 portions, approximate 13 net carbs per serving. Carbs count includes 8 ounces bay scallops.