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Diabetic Recipes: Easy Shrimp Recipes

Updated on May 21, 2012
Shrimp can be a great part of a diabetic diet.
Shrimp can be a great part of a diabetic diet. | Source

Diabetic Diet

I’ve been following a diabetic diet for months now, and I’m very pleased with my results. Not only have I lost weight, but my blood sugar is completely normal now. My cholesterol readings and triglyceride levels have also improved significantly. I sort of came up with my own diabetic diet, which is lower in carbs than the one recommended by the ADA. I feel better than I have in years! If you’re a type 2 diabetic, please consider following a diabetic diet – if you aren’t already. You can have foods you might not think you can have, as I discovered with my diabetic recipes. Most of my recipes were done through trial and error. I kept the good ones and tossed the bad ones, and you get to benefit from my experiments!

There are tons of easy shrimp recipes!
There are tons of easy shrimp recipes! | Source

Diabetic Recipes

Since I began sticking to a diabetic diet, I’ve created a world of diabetic recipes. I’ve found all sorts of diabetic-friendly foods. Some, of course, are better than others. A few are tasty as they come, but many have to be altered. Still, almost all of them can be made yummy, and many serve as great ingredients for diabetic recipes. For example, I use zero carb, zero fat, zero calorie Walden Farms products in a lot of my diabetic recipes.

Most meats contain no carbs, so they’re good for a diabetic diet. The problem is often the sauces and glazes that might be used on the meats. For example, if you take an innocent chicken breast and slather it with sugary barbecue sauce or dip it in sweet and sour sauce, you’re going to get a lot of carbs. You have to consider these additions when you’re adding up the carb count in a food. Even ketchup, one of my best food friends, is loaded with sugar.

Easy Shrimp Recipes

Easy shrimp recipes can be among your best friends if you’re a diabetic. Shrimp contain practically no carbohydrates, as long as you don’t add any with sauces or breading. Fortunately, shrimp are very adaptable to numerous recipes and cooking methods, so it’s not like you have to eat the same shrimp dish over and over.

Easy shrimp recipes are numerous. Shrimp cook very quickly, so you can have a great entrée in just a few minutes and with very little effort on your part. You can even cook shrimp successfully in the microwave or on a George Foreman grill. Non-stick frying pans are also perfect for easy shrimp recipes like sautes and stir-fries. Just use butter, margarine, olive oil, or cooking spray, along with your favorite seasonings. Of course, you might also want to add some veggies, and if you’re following a diabetic diet, these could include non-starchy versions like green onions, bell peppers, celery, and broccoli. And, of course, you can add practically any herbs and spices, as most of them add very little to the carb count of the meal.

Make your own shrimp boil seasoning.
Make your own shrimp boil seasoning. | Source

Shrimp Boil Seasoning

What type of shrimp boil seasoning do you like? I sometimes use the commercial blends, but more often, I prefer making my own shrimp boil. I tend to know better what my family and I like. To create your own shrimp boil seasoning, use your favorite flavors. Some good seasonings include black peppercorns, red pepper flakes, celery seed, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, allspice, dill, coriander seed, mustard seed, oregano, whole cloves, and bay leaves. You’ll also need salt. The herbs and spices can be tied into a square of cheesecloth or not. I let my seasonings boil for about fifteen minutes to allow the flavors to be released before adding my shrimp. I also use beer and vinegar in my water. Below is a good basic shrimp boil seasoning recipe.

Shrimp boil works great for grilled shrimp, too.
Shrimp boil works great for grilled shrimp, too. | Source

Shrimp Boil Seasoning Recipe


¼ cup salt

2 tablespoons black peppercorns

2 tablespoons mustard seed

2 tablespoons red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon coriander seed

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons lemon pepper

2 teaspoons celery seed

1 teaspoon whole cloves

4 bay leaves, broken

Directions: Combine all ingredients. Add one can of beer, ½ cup apple cider vinegar, and one gallon of water to large pot. Bring to a boil. Add the amount of shrimp boil you want, along with cut-up lemons. Cover pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Before adding shrimp, return pot to full boil.

Have a Cajun shrimp boil!
Have a Cajun shrimp boil! | Source

Cajun Shrimp Boil

Cajun shrimp boil is a spicier version of the more traditional shrimp boil seasoning blend that most people use. We love it! It also includes herbs often associated with Cajun cuisine, including oregano, thyme, and basil. For the best results, use dried herbs – their flavor is more concentrated. For extra heat, we like adding hot sauce, and our favorite for this shrimp boil recipe is Louisiana hot sauce. For even more authentic Cajun flavoring, you might want to add some andouille sausage.

This is also a great recipe to use as seasoning for a Lowcountry boil, with potatoes, corn, and/or crawfish. By the way, the corn can get pretty hot, as it seems to really absorb the flavorings. Even though my hubby likes hot foods, he prefers his corn boiled or grilled separately, and you might, too.

Cajun Shrimp Boil Recipe


¼ cup salt

2 tablespoons red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon mustard seed

1 tablespoon coriander seed

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons dried thyme

2 teaspoons dried basil

2 teaspoons whole cloves

2 teaspoons cayenne

5 bay leaves, broken

1 can beer

½ cup apple cider vinegar

¼ cup Louisiana hot sauce

2 ribs celery, with leaves, cut into 2-inch pieces

2 onions, quartered

2 lemons, quartered

2 limes, quartered

Directions: Combine salt, red pepper flakes, mustard seed, coriander seed, garlic powder, peppercorns, oregano, thyme, basil, whole cloves, cayenne, and bay leaves. Mix together until ingredients are well distributed.

Pour 1 or 1/1/2 gallons of water into large pot. Add desired amount of seasoning mix, beer, vinegar, hot sauce, celery, onion, lemons, and limes. Bring to a rolling boil. Cover pot and reduce to slow boil. Cook for 25-30 minutes. Return to full boil and add shrimp.

Make low carb sauces to go with your shrimp recipes.
Make low carb sauces to go with your shrimp recipes. | Source

Recipe for Grilled Shrimp

We enjoy a good recipe for grilled shrimp from time to time. The only problem is that shrimp don’t have much fat, so you’ll need to add some. This can include melted butter, olive oil, corn oil, or some other type of cooking oil. You’ll also need to make sure your grill is squeaky clean and that the grilling surface is oiled. Actually, I cooked this recipe for grilled shrimp indoors, on my George Foreman grill, so I didn’t have any problem with the shrimp sticking to the grill surface. I just sprayed it with cooking spray. I didn’t need to add any extra fat, anyway, because the shrimp were wrapped with bacon.

This is a wonderful way to cook shrimp for very easy shrimp recipes! Because cooking occurs from both the top and bottom surfaces, the shrimp are done in just a few minutes. And with the smoky flavor of bacon, I don’t miss the charcoal flavor at all. Try these yummy morsels the next time you want a recipe for grilled shrimp.

Awesome recipe for grilled shrimp!
Awesome recipe for grilled shrimp! | Source

Recipe for Grilled Shrimp with Bacon


Raw jumbo shrimp

Cooking spray

Old Bay seafood seasoning (or other seasoning blend)

Lawry’s garlic salt

Thin sliced bacon, cut in half


Directions: Peel and devein shrimp. Leave tails on or remove them – it’s up to you. Rinse shrimp, making sure large vein is completely removed. Dry shrimp on several layers of paper towels. Spray both surfaces of grill with cooking spray and plug in grill to heat.

Sprinkle shrimp with seafood seasoning and garlic salt. Wrap ½ slice bacon around each shrimp, securing with a toothpick. When grill is hot, place shrimp on. Cook until bacon is brown and crisp.

shrimp sauteed in bacon drippings
shrimp sauteed in bacon drippings | Source

Sautéed Shrimp

Yesterday, I made some sautéed shrimp that were especially delicious. I did something a little different. I usually sauté shrimp in butter or olive oil, but yesterday I had some bacon drippings, so I decided to use that. I used about 2 tablespoons drippings for a pound or so of peeled, deveined shrimp. Just make sure the shrimp are dry before adding to the hot pan. Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings as the shrimp cook. I used garlic salt, paprika, and a little cayenne. I cooked over medium heat. As soon as the shrimp are pink, they’re ready to eat.

The bacon drippings gave the shrimp a wonderful flavor. I wasn’t sure hubby would like this new shrimp recipe, so I boiled the other half of the shrimp. Turns out he liked the bacon-sauteed shrimp better than the boiled shrimp!

deep fried shrimp recipe for diabetics
deep fried shrimp recipe for diabetics | Source

Deep Fried Shrimp Recipe

Think a diabetic diet can’t include a deep fried shrimp recipe? Not so, my friend! You’ll just have to do a little tweaking. Diabetic recipes need to be low in carbohydrates, and traditional shrimp batter is anything but. Think white flour, cornmeal, panko, and cracker meal – all high in carbs. Instead of those diabetic unfriendly ingredients, I use soy flour, which has a fraction of the carbs in regular flour and other traditional breadings. This is a very tasty deep fried shrimp recipe! Don’t give up all your favorite foods just because you’re on a diabetic diet.

Dip the shrimp in an egg wash first.
Dip the shrimp in an egg wash first. | Source

Recipes for Diabetics: Deep Fried Shrimp Recipe


Raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Soy flour

Oil for frying

Directions: Rinse shrimp and place on paper towels to drain. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, water, salt, and pepper. Place soy flour in a plastic food bag.

Heat at least two inches of oil in a heavy pan over medium heat. Dip shrimp in egg wash, then shake in flour. Drop shrimp into hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd. When shrimp are golden brown, remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Serve with low carb tartar sauce, or use my very low carb cocktail sauce recipe, below.

low carb cocktail sauce recipe
low carb cocktail sauce recipe | Source

Cocktail Sauce Recipe

You can make this cocktail sauce recipe with almost no carbs if you use Walden Farms seafood sauce as the base. A better version uses Heinz reduced sugar ketchup, but it has one carb per tablespoon. I usually use the Walden Farms sauce as the base, with some of the ketchup to add thickness and more flavor. Even doing this provides a tasty sauce that’s low in carbs.


½ cup Walden Farms seafood sauce

¼ cup Heinz reduced sugar ketchup

2 tablespoons Splenda

1-2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Grated horseradish, to taste

Splash of hot sauce (optional)

Directions: Combine all ingredients, making sure Splenda has completely dissolved. Cover and store in fridge until ready to serve. This cocktail sauce is great with boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, grilled shrimp, and other shrimp recipes. We also use it with crab cakes, oysters, and finned fish.

Diabetic cocktail sauce ingredients:

Cajun Shrimp Boil:

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    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love that pan of shrimp filled with lemon slices. Will have to try that.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Habee, Thank You for another quick and easy recipe! Peace & Blessings!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      Great recipe ideas. I especially like the grilled suggestions. It will make a great summertime meal.

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      8 years ago from southeast Alaska

      me loves shrimp! yummm, now I am starving... thanks a lot lol. I will be trying these soon! thank you great hub voted UP! lvh

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Connie, I haven't tried the Walden Farms peanut butter, but I love their salad dressings, chocolate syrup, marinara sauce, and caramel dip. I don't like their apple butter.

      Give Lexi a hug for me! Loved the latest photo.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Skeety, thanks for reading!

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      Shelley Watson 

      8 years ago

      These recipes are simply great and give me very good ideas to use with two diabetic friends who visit.

      Thank you, the photo too are stunning. Well Done, have voted you up.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      8 years ago from Planet Earth

      You are such an expert chef! I love all your great recipes, and the instructions are so helpful. Okay, I am hungry now. Gonna go drool over the pics and find something to eat!

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      Connie Smith 

      8 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Wow, all these look great. I really am going to show up on your doorstep if you keep this up! Sorry to hear about the diabetes, but it looks like you are going with the flow. I cannot believe that there is a zero calorie peanut butter. Does it really taste good? I have a hard time believing that it possibly could.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for these recipes. I love shrimp!


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