These Avocado Shrimp Bites feature tender shrimp seasoned with a flavorful chili lime sauce, served on a healthy dollop of creamy guacamole and crisp slices of cucumber.
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- ❤️ Why You'll Love This Shrimp Appetizer Recipe
- 🛒 Ingredients for Guacamole Shrimp Appetizer
- 🔪 How to Make this Cucumber Shrimp Appetizer
- 💡 Tips
- ☑️ Storage Instructions
- 🔄 Substitutions and Additions
- Is Guacamole Keto?
- What’s the Best Kind of Cucumber?
- Can shrimp be eaten as leftovers?
- Can you freeze leftover shrimp?
- Is Shrimp Keto?
- How Many Carbs in Shrimp?
- 🍤 More Keto Shrimp Recipes
❤️ Why You'll Love This Shrimp Appetizer Recipe
- Tender shrimp sautéed in a chili lime sauce
- Cool creamy homemade guacamole
- Served on crisp slices of English cucumber
- Perfect last minute party appetizer
- Easy to make
Shrimp appetizers are some of my favorite low carb party treats to serve. The shrimp is marinated in a chili lime sauce that gives them incredible flavor and compliment the cool creamy guacamole. Served on simple crisp slices of cucumber, makes them a light and refreshing Keto appetizer that won’t weigh you down.
The best part is that once the shrimp has marinated, soaking up all that flavorful goodness, they cook up in a few minutes and are ready to serve in no time! If you have guests that aren’t following a low carb diet, you could even serve some over small round tortilla chips instead of the cucumber slices.
They are absolutely delicious as is and have great contrast in texture with the tender shrimp, creamy avocado and crisp cucumbers. If you enjoy them, be sure to also try these Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites!
🛒 Ingredients for Guacamole Shrimp Appetizer
- Jumbo shrimp
- English cucumber
- Homemade Guacamole
- Sugar-free sweet chili sauce
- Lime juice
- Olive oil
- Smoked paprika
- Ground black pepper
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
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🔪 How to Make this Cucumber Shrimp Appetizer
Add the shrimp, chili sauce, lime juice, smoked paprika, salt and ground black pepper to mixing bowl.
Toss to combine, then cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
Prepare the Homemade Guacamole right before you are ready to sauté the shrimp, otherwise it can start to oxidize and turn brown.
Heat a skillet to medium high and add in the olive oil and butter. Once melted, add in the shrimp and sauté for about 2 minutes on each side or once they just start to turn pink. You don’t want to overcook the shrimp or they will become rubbery very quickly.
While the shrimp is cooking, slice up your cucumber. Ideally you want the same number of slices as you have shrimp. I was able to get 24 in my batch.
Take a slice of the cucumber and spread some of the guacamole on top.
Add one shrimp on top of the guacamole and garnish with some chopped cilantro.
- This is not a make ahead appetizer, so you’ll want be sure you prepare them right before you’re ready to serve.
- Once the guacamole has been made, it can start to oxidize and turn brown, you definitely don’t want that.
- Don’t marinate your shrimp any longer than 2-3 hours, otherwise the lime juice in the marinade can start to cook the shrimp (like ceviche).
☑️ Storage Instructions
Store leftover shrimp in an airtight container for 2-3 days in the fridge or freeze.
🔄 Substitutions and Additions
- You can make this same recipe using scallops, if you happen to have some on hand.
- If you’d like to save some time, you can use store-bought guacamole, though homemade is always much better and honestly very easy to make.
- If you’re not following a low carb diet, you can serve the guacamole and shrimp on mini round tortilla chips instead of the cucumber slices.
- For a little extra heat, you can add in a little Sriracha in the shrimp marinade.
- If you’d like to change things up completely, instead of guacamole, you can use this Roasted Red Pepper Hummus instead.
- To add a little heat to the guacamole, you can add in some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.
Is Guacamole Keto?
Most definitely! All ingredients in guacamole are Keto friendly and the star ingredient, avocado, is one of the quintessential healthy Keto foods. You can read about all the health benefits of avocado in this article.
What’s the Best Kind of Cucumber?
This is really a personal preference, but I always use English cucumbers for several reasons. First, you don’t have the huge seeds as you would in regular cucumbers, which aren’t the most pleasant to eat.
Second, the skins are very thin and palatable so you don’t have to peel them, unlike the waxy skin on a regular cucumber. And third, I think they just taste much better.
Can shrimp be eaten as leftovers?
Absolutely! If you happen to have some extra shrimp, you can store them in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container. Personally I like to add them over a salad or chop them up and make a Shrimp Salad.
Can you freeze leftover shrimp?
Yes, you sure can! Freeze them in an airtight container or food saver bag for several months. The great thing is they thaw fairly quickly. I always like to keep a bag of cooked shrimp in my freezer for last minute meals.
Is Shrimp Keto?
They sure are! Shrimp is the perfect protein for a Keto or low carb diet that are not only low in carbs, but also low in calories.
How Many Carbs in Shrimp?
One cup of cooked shrimp has less than one carb, which is ideal for Keto!
🍤 More Keto Shrimp Recipes
- Coconut Shrimp with Dipping Sauce
- Creamy Cajun Shrimp
- Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
- Fried Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
- Grilled Lime Cilantro Shrimp Skewers
- Creamy Shrimp Alfredo
- Shrimp Scampi with Cauliflower Rice
- Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
- Bang Bang Shrimp
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Avocado Shrimp Bites
- Add the shrimp, chili sauce, lime juice, smoked paprika, salt and ground black pepper to mixing bowl.
- Toss to combine, then cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Prepare the Homemade Guacamole right before you are ready to sauté the shrimp, otherwise it can start to oxidize and turn brown.
- Heat a skillet to medium high and add in the olive oil and butter. Once melted, add in the shrimp and sauté for about 2 minutes on each side or once they just start to turn pink. You don’t want to overcook the shrimp or they will become rubbery very quickly.
- While the shrimp is cooking, slice up your cucumber. Ideally you want the same number of slices as you have shrimp. I was able to get 24 in my batch.
- Take a slice of the cucumber and spread some of the guacamole on top.
- Add one shrimp on top of the guacamole and garnish with some chopped cilantro.
*Make sure to scroll up and read the post for substitutions, additions and helpful tips for making this recipe.
*Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. You can verify it using the nutrition calculator of your choice. All data is based on net carbs, without sugar alcohol: Swerve, Erythritol, Monk Fruit or Allulose.
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