The Tastiest Paleo Paprika Garlic Shrimp! (GF)

Whole30, Grain-free, Dairy-free

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Something truly magical happens when you cook shrimp with garlic, paprika, parsley, lemon juice, and coconut milk. A fabulous OMG THAT IS DELICIOUS sauce forms, that makes you just want to lick your plate clean.

And if you pour said sauce on top of cauliflower rice, and mix it all together so that the cauliflower rice absorbs all the flavor… it’s game over.

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Game over meaning, it will be the tastiest Paleo shrimp recipe you will ever have!

And thus you won’t need to look for another shrimp recipe.

And you may become a bit addicted to it. And addicted to how good not only the shrimp tastes in this sauce, but how good cauliflower rice tastes in this sauce.

I’ve made this Tastiest Paleo Paprika Garlic Shrimp recipe with cauliflower rice 3 times in the last two weeks… so you could say I’m kind of obcessed.

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And it all started when I found a recipe on called, The Best Garlic Shrimp In The Whole Wide World.

I never actually tried that recipe, but I got the idea to cook shrimp in paprika, garlic, and parsley from it.

I tweaked that recipe to my liking and Paleoized it. I also added lemon juice and coconut milk because I wanted more of a sauce.

And it’s the sauce that will win you over. It’s got that spicy paprika yet sweet garlic yet acidic lemon yet creamy coconut milk twang to it. It’s just soooo good!

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I also followed the Minimalist Baker’s recipe for cauliflower rice, which turned out wonderfully.


Note: Make sure not to over cook the shrimp, 10 minutes was perfect timing for me, whereas 11 or 12 minutes resulted in shrimp that was more tough.

Also make sure to use a thick coconut milk from a can, with no preservatives in it… it makes a world of difference in flavor and sauce texture. (My favorite is Golden Star).

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5 from 5 votes
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The Tastiest Paprika Garlic Shrimp (paleo, GF)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Shrimp cooked in a DELICIOUS SAUCE made of garlic, paprika, parsley, lemon juice, and coconut milk. Paleo, clean, and healthy.

Servings: 2 -4
Author: Perchancetocook
  • 1 pound shrimp (peeled)
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil , melted
  • 1/8 tsp chili flakes/ crushed red pepper
  • 3 Tbs chopped garlic (this was 1 small bulb for me)
  • 2 Tbs canned coconut milk (make sure to use the kind from a can, without any preservatives in it, like Golden Star or Savoy)
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  1. In a large frying pan, mix 1 Tbs melted coconut oil, 3 Tbs of chopped garlic, and 1/8 tsp of crushed red pepper together and heat over medium heat. Cook for 3 minutes, mixing often, until fragrant.
  2. Add the shrimp to the pan, along with 2 Tbs coconut milk or cream, 2 tsp dried parsley, 1 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, and 2 Tbs lemon juice.
  3. Cook for 8- 10 minutes, until the shrimp is pink and cooked all the way through. Make sure not to over cook, otherwise the shrimp will be tough. 10 minutes was perfect timing for me.
  4. Remove the shrimp from the pan, and cook the sauce for an extra minute or two to thicken it up, and then add the shrimp back into the pan and mix them back into the sauce.
  5. *Note- if you want more sauce, add a bit more coconut milk to the pan


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  1. Reminded me of New Orleans and creole food but way fresher healthier. Fantastic seasoning. Creative supplement of cauliflower for heavy non paleo Rice. What’s a good way to know if shrimp you purchased comes from good place / healthy ? Any labels to look for?

  2. Thank you for the recipe!
    I admit I altered it part purposeful and part accident! I used roasted garlic because I made mashed turnips with roasted garlic as my side so I had roasted an extra bulb for the shrimp too. I also replaced the heat in your recipe with a few hits of hot sauce. I also opted for 1/4 c. coconut milk. Now, I accidentally ommited the lemon juice which I wouldn’t have chosen to do but WHEN I make this again I will probably just repeat what I did, it was fabulous! I wouldn’t have thought of that quantity of paprika, even when I read the title, but it works wonderfully. Thanks again! Sure pulls a punch on fasting during Lent. It was hard to have only a small portion of this!

    1. Oh! And I used applewood smoked salt at the end!

    2. Thanks Melanie! I love hearing changes that can be made to my recipes so that I can try them the next time I make it. 🙂 Let me know if you try it with lemon! I also add more coconut milk sometimes to make extra sauce. 🙂

  3. How is 3tbs one small bulb? Did you mean tsp?

    1. When I say bulb of garlic, it also means a small head of garlic. There are 3 Tbs in this recipe, so quite a bit, and it tastes wonnnnderful! 🙂

  4. My husband and 8 year old daughter loved this! And my house smelled like garlic for the rest of the day 🙂

    1. Happy to hear it! Love that garlic smell as well 🙂

  5. This dish was excellent! I made it per your directions, but did add the additional coconut milk for extra sauce!
    Definitely a keeper! Yum and thank you!

    1. Yessss more coconut milk is the way to go! I could drink the sauce 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!!!

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