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Layers of flavor! These Keto Spicy Shrimp Sushi Stacks are tasty and easy to make, with crisp veggies, sautéed shrimp, and a delicious low carb spicy mayo!

close up of a layered shrimp stack with spicy mayo drizzle

 

Keto Spicy Shrimp Sushi Stacks

This Keto Shrimp Stack recipe is based on one of my all-time favorite dishes: Baja Shrimp Stacks (which are made with rice and definitely not low carb). However, with a couple simple substitutions, you’ve got an amazing keto-friendly meal! Seriously, eating keto is EASY when you’ve got food like this!

Sushi stacks are a popular restaurant appetizer that can cost $15-20 when you order them out to eat. This delicious recipe creates a restaurant quality meal at home that is low in carbs and BIG on flavor!

First, we started with chopped kelp noodles, which create the effect of rice (but of course without all the carbs of rice). Then we layered our seafood tower with sautéed shrimp, sweet peppers, cucumbers, avocado — it creates a fabulous contrast in flavors, temperature, and texture! Fresh, crisp cucumbers are the perfect companion to soft, sweet grilled peppers. Then we topped everything with our zippy homemade spicy mayo sauce.

This is one dish that I always look forward to…and always finish every bite!

Why I Love This Recipe:

  • Lots of healthy fats
  • Super flavorful
  • Perfect for satisfying sushi cravings

top down view of a shrimp tower with spicy mayo on top

Ingredients

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  • Shrimp
  • Kelp noodles
  • Coconut aminos*
  • Unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • Ginger powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Erythritol or Lakanto Monk Fruit sweetener. If you shop Lakanto through my link and use code “SOCCERMOM” you can save 15% every time you purchase! 
  • Spicy mayo sauce (click for our zero carb recipe)

*Coconut aminos are a magical thing – similar in taste to soy sauce, but with no sugar, about 70% less sodium, and it’s gluten free!

Kitchen Tools Used

The above is a quick glance at the ingredients and tools needed to make Keto Spicy Shrimp Sushi Stacks. Full ingredient amounts are available in the printable recipe at the bottom of the post.

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Directions

Sauté the shrimp and chopped bell peppers (separately) in 1 TB coconut oil and 1 TB coconut aminos for 3-5 minutes. Allow to cool while you prep your other ingredients and before you build your shrimp towers.

Whisk together sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

Chop the kelp noodles so that they are similar in size to long-grain rice.

How to Layer the Shrimp Stacks

You don’t need a special container to layer your shrimp stacks. We just used a plastic food storage container! Here’s a look at how we layered our keto shrimp stacks:

How to make low carb shrimp sushi stacks, labeled

Once you’ve layered everything press down to gently pack all the layers together. Carefully flip onto a serving plate and jiggle the plastic container to release the shrimp stack.

Drizzle with low carb spicy mayo and enjoy!

TIP: Making your own spicy mayo is super easy! This way you’ll know exactly what goes into it (a lot of pre-packaged spicy mayos have additives and/or sugar). Click here for our Low Carb Spicy Mayo Recipe.

bowl of homemade low carb spicy mayo sauce

Feel free to top your shrimp stack with chopped green onions and/or cilantro or even extra Sriracha (if you like it really spicy!)

keto-friendly spicy shrimp sushi stack appetizer

Check out another one of our favorite lunch ideas: Keto Egg Salad Wraps

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Kelp Noodles?

Kelp noodles are a low-carb, low-calorie noodle substitute made from seaweed. They are translucent in color, mild in flavor (so they absorb sauces well), and have a texture that is similar to al-dente cooked noodles, with a little “crunch.”

I love kelp noodles because they are extremely low in carbs, but provide that delicious al dente texture of real noodles. If you can’t find the kelp noodles at your local grocery store, you can simply omit them, or try this recipe with cauliflower rice.

However, my husband recently found these kelp noodles which only have 2 grams of net carbs for the entire bag (3 servings)!! I repeat: 2 grams net carbs for the entire bag!!

Can You Use a Different Protein?

Sure! If you have leftover chicken or even steak that you’d like to use, this is a great way to jazz up leftovers! 

If the protein is already cooked, simply microwave to warm it a bit and prepare the rest of the recipe according to directions above.

If you’re cooking the protein from scratch, keep in mind the cook time will likely be different than shrimp, which cooks quickly.

Is Spicy Mayo Keto?

In theory, yes, spicy mayo should be keto-friendly. Regular mayonnaise is low or zero carb. Sriracha is practically zero carbs as well. However, some pre-made spicy mayonnaise blends may contain sugar.

The best way to be safe is to make your own…and it’s easy! Click here for our Low Carb Spicy Mayo Recipe.

Can You Use Soy Sauce Instead of Coconut Aminos?

Yes, you can use soy sauce in place of the coconut aminos in the sauce. We often use coconut aminos because they are significantly lower in sodium than soy sauce and they are gluten free. However, using soy sauce won’t affect the carb count and is ok for this recipe.

Free Printable Copy of Our Spicy Keto Shrimp Sushi Stack Recipe:

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Keto Spicy Shrimp Sushi Stack

Layers of flavor! These Spicy Keto Shrimp Stacks are tasty and easy to make, with crisp veggies, sautéed shrimp, and a delicious low carb spicy mayo!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, lunch, sushi
Servings: 2 stacks
Calories: 635kcal
Author: Stacey
Cost: $15

Equipment

  • 1 Saute Pan
  • Small bowl
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and de-veined
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 2 cups kelp noodles chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons spicy mayo

For the Ginger Sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoon erythritol

Instructions

  • Sauté shrimp chopped yellow bell peppers in 1 Tablespoon coconut oil and 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos for 3-5 minutes.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together ginger sauce ingredients.
  • Allow cooked shrimp to cool while you prep your veggies.
  • Chop kelp noodles so that they are similar in length to long-grain rice.
  • Layer your ingredients in a plastic container, about 1 cup in size: shrimp, avocado, bell peppers, kelp noodles, and cucumber. Press gently to pack your shrimp stacks.
  • Carefully flip your container over onto a plate and wiggle gently to release your shrimp stack.
  • Drizzle with ginger sauce and spicy mayo. Garnish with chopped cilantro and/or green onion if desired.

Notes

Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.
Net Carbs = 5 grams per serving (2 servings)

Nutrition

Calories: 635kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 579mg | Sodium: 2265mg | Potassium: 999mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 133.9mg | Calcium: 682mg | Iron: 7.6mg

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2 photo collage showing a spicy shrimp appetizer stack

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