Turn your air fryerto 330F. Place a6 x 3 metal pan in it and allow it to start heating while you gather your ingredients.
Place the butter, garlic, and red pepper flakes into the hot 6-inch pan.
Allow it to cook for 2 minutes, stirring once, until the butter has melted. Do not skip this step. This is what infuses garlic into the butter, which is what makes it all taste so good.
Open the air fryer, add all ingredients to the pan in the order listed, stirring gently.
Allow shrimp to cook for 5 minutes, stirring once. At this point, the butter should be well-melted and liquid, bathing the shrimp in spiced goodness.
Mix very well, remove the 6-inch pan using silicone mitts, and let it rest for 1 minute on the counter. You’re doing this so that you let the shrimp cook in the residual heat, rather than letting it accidentally overcook and get rubbery.
Stir at the end of the minute. The shrimp should be well-cooked at this point.
Sprinkle additional fresh basil leaves and enjoy.
Tips And Tricks For Making Keto Shrimp Scampi
I know it may feel a little different to eat shrimp scampi without pasta, but that's why we have zoodles and mashed cauliflower in this world.
If carbs are not an issue, you can do pasta of course.
If using frozen shrimp, you will need to cook for longer. I haven't tried it with frozen shrimp, so unfortunately I can't tell you how much longer. If you figure out the exact cook time, make sure to let me know in the comments!
If you're allergic to shrimp, you could try with bite-size chicken pieces, and check at the end of the cooking period to see if it needs longer.
To make this vegetarian, you could make the same sauce and mix it with drained, canned chickpeas. You could also try lightly steamed cauliflower or broccoli in this sauce.