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Arugula-Macadamia Pesto Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Are you craving a flavorful, keto-friendly dish that’s perfect for any occasion? Look no further than this delightful Arugula-Macadamia Pesto Grilled Shrimp recipe. Born out of the necessity to utilize surplus arugula, this dish takes a twist on traditional pesto by infusing it with the savory goodness of Argentine red shrimp. With a handful of macadamia nuts, a dash of Parmesan, and a hint of lemon, this dish is a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.

Arugula-Macadamia Pesto Grilled Shrimp

Arugula-Macadamia Pesto Grilled Shrimp

Indulge in the succulent flavors of this innovative keto recipe, where the peppery bite of arugula meets the richness of macadamia nuts, creating a pesto that perfectly complements grilled shrimp.


  • Fresh Argentine red shrimp
  • Arugula
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic clove
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil


  1. Begin by preheating your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Prepare the shrimp by deveining them and threading them onto skewers.
  3. In a food processor, combine a generous handful of arugula, a handful of macadamia nuts, a grated clove of garlic, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil. Blend until smooth.
  4. Brush the arugula-macadamia pesto generously over the shrimp skewers.
  5. Place the skewers on the preheated grill and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until the shrimp are pink and opaque.
  6. Once cooked through, remove the skewers from the grill and serve hot.

Breakdown of Ingredients and Average Carb Content:

  • Arugula: Low in carbs, high in fiber, and packed with vitamins and minerals.
  • Macadamia nuts: Rich in healthy fats and low in carbs, making them perfect for a keto diet.
  • Parmesan cheese: Virtually carb-free and adds a delicious savory flavor to the pesto.
  • Garlic: Adds depth of flavor without significantly impacting carb count.
  • Lemon: Adds a refreshing citrusy note while contributing minimal carbs.
  • Olive oil: A staple of the Mediterranean diet, rich in healthy fats and low in carbs.


Elevate your keto cooking game with this irresistible Arugula-Macadamia Pesto Grilled Shrimp recipe. Whether it’s a weeknight dinner or a weekend barbecue, this dish is sure to impress with its vibrant flavors and keto-friendly ingredients. So fire up the grill and treat yourself to a culinary adventure that’s as delicious as it is nutritious!

Recipe and Image By: @patrickmaese

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