Garlic Shrimp & Asparagus in Orange Sauce

Many years ago we were on an Atkins kick – and this was one of our favorite recipe. It’s become a good stand-by for nights like last night, when Jim left our [planned] dinner in the fridge at the shop. We always have shrimp in the freezer and they thaw in half an hour under running water.

Garlic Shrimp & Asparagus in Orange Sauce

Low Carb meets unctuous deliciousness in this one skillet meal
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: asparagus, garlic shrimp, low carb, orange
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 321kcal
Cost: 13


  • Skillet


  • 1 ib raw shrimp
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 2 large oranges
  • ½ tspn red pepper flakes
  • ½ tspn cumin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter


  • Peel the shrimp and clean them, making sure they are properly de-veined. Pat them dry.
  • I always put salt on the shrimp at this point and toss them in the bowl. That way they are better seasoned
  • Cut the hard stalk off the asparagus (or break them)
  • Melt oil and a tspn of butter in a skillet
  • Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until they become aromatic
  • Add shrimp and toss until they start colouring – about 5 minutes
  • Add cumin
  • Add Asparagus to the pan and toss gently with the shrimp
  • Squeeze the juice of 2 large oranges into the skillet and continue to cook for another 5 minutes
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Add the rest of the butter to the skillet and stir until melted.
  • Serve with garlic bread or crunchy baguette unless you're dieting!

This recipe is a show-stopper. It’s delicious; a one skillet meal; and it takes just 30 minutes from start to finish.

The Red pepper flakes give this dish a bit of a kick. My favourite flavour combination is the cumin and orange.

The butter adds a silky texture to the sauce – but isn’t absolutely necessary! Speaking of the sauce – you WILL want to drink what’s left in your bowl – I promise!

The best news of all, is that per serving, this meal is 3 WW Smart Points.

I calculated the cost of this recipe – and for 4 people it came to $13!

If you’re “allowed”, this goes really well with cheesy garlic bread.

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