60+ Ways to Enjoy Scrumptious Shrimp
Tired of chicken breast and fish, but still need a tasty source of low-fat protein? Shrimp are the perfect addition to just about any meal, from salads to stir-fries. They're quick cooking, flavorful, and easy to prepare. For fresh, inspiring ways to enjoy these seafood gems, check out our recipes for everything from Sheet-Pan Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya to Summer Herbed Grilled Shrimp.
Cajun Shrimp Linguine
Classic Cajun flavors--the smoky, spicy seasoning; sweet shrimp; and onion, green bell pepper, and celery trinity--give this pasta toss a New Orleans vibe. A jolt of ground red pepper spices things up nicely, while creamy half-and-half smooths out the edges.
Georgia Shrimp and Radish Salad
Radishes at the farmers' market can seem as varied and abundant as the colors of Easter eggs. Two different varieties give this salad vibrant color, texture, and flavor.
Honey Walnut Shrimp with Asian Slaw
Our take on a Chinese-restaurant favorite uses the same ingredients, but skips the heavy batter and deep frying. If you can't get jumbo shrimp, use 1 pound of the largest shrimp you can find.
Skillet Rice with Shrimp and Chicken
Simple substitutions can give this hearty dish flavorful twists: Swap sausage for chicken, crabmeat for shrimp, or make a vegetarian option by subbing vegetable stock and omitting proteins.
This colorful shrimp bowl comes together quickly once shrimp is added to the sauté pan. Stir in fennel, bell pepper, and remaining ingredients until heated through. Just remember, be careful to not overcook the shrimp.
Shrimp and Spicy Mango Sauté
When you don't have much time to cook, the right condiment can add layers of flavor in a flash. Oil-packed Indian mango relish (not chutney, which is too sweet) combines earthy turmeric and fenugreek with the tang of mustard and green mango. Find it in the international aisle of your grocery store.
Sheet-Pan Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya
This jambalaya definitely isn't traditional, but it sure is convenient (not to mention, way tasty). With our trusty sheet pan and a few smart supermarket shortcuts, we keep the prep for this weeknight jambalaya recipe incredibly quick and easy.
Roasted Shrimp with Mushrooms, Broccolini, and Foaming Chive Butter Sauce
This dish is simplicity itself: Everything cooks on a roasting pan in a very hot oven in stages for just 12 minutes, and the foaming chive butter sauce takes only 2 minutes on the stovetop. Be sure to add the minced chives at the last moment after the pot comes off the heat; cooking will turn the chives bitter.
Lemon-Garlic Butter Shrimp with Broccoli
Instead of the usual pasta, rice soaks up all of the delicious lemon-garlic sauce in this shrimp dish. This one-pan supper comes together quickly and will please everyone around your table. Make it come together even faster by using bagged precut broccoli florets.
Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Lemon Dressing
This simple shrimp and orzo salad is tossed with seasonal veggies and a bright, tangy dressing. Delicious at room temperature or chilled, it also makes a tasty lunch the next day if you have leftovers. You’ll need three cups of vegetables for this dish, but you can adjust the amounts of asparagus, sugar snap peas, and English peas.
Herbed Shrimp with Tomato-Spinach Salad
Chili-Garlic Shrimp with Coconut Rice and Snap Peas
Shrimp cook quickly (under 5 minutes), and a big batch takes just a couple of minutes more than a small one. Reheat for just a minute, or the shrimp may become rubbery. For even more coconut flavor, replace the 1/4 cup water in the rice mixture with coconut water.
Creole Shrimp and Okra
Herb-Wrapped Shrimp with Lemongrass Dipping Sauce
When your garden is producing lots of shiso, use it as wrappers for these boldly flavored bundles (or buy shiso from an Asian market). You'll need 2 dozen cocktail toothpicks.
Summer Herbed Grilled Shrimp
Sausage, Shrimp & Quinoa Skillet
Shrimp Fajitas with Mango-Lime Slaw
Thai Shrimp and Eggplant Stir-Fry
Boiled Shrimp with Tangy Cocktail Sauce
For a full-on shrimp boil feast, pair this dish with boiled fresh corn on the cob and baby red potatoes.
Easy Barbecue Shrimp
Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Charred Asparagus and Snap Peas
Reserve some marinade to serve as the sauce, saving time and uniting flavors. For extra charred flavor, cook the veggies in a cast-iron skillet directly on the grill instead of the stovetop.
Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits
This classic Carolina combo makes for a flavorful and fast dinner--quick-cooking grits come together in about 5 minutes.
Pan-Seared Shrimp with Chive Grits and Salsa Verde
This refreshing shrimp and grits dish is made even better with the addition of salsa verde.
Roasted Gulf Shrimp with Romesco Sauce
This recipe requires almost no effort for maximum reward. Just 10 minutes in the oven plus our special sauce equals tender, juicy shrimp with a kick.
Pan-Seared Herb Shrimp
The size of meat portions is shrinking, leaving more room on the plate for heart-healthy seafood. Eat fish more often, and make it pop with this herb- and lemon-packed dressing.
Sriracha Shrimp Rolls
Buttering and toasting the rolls adds tons of rich flavor to these delicious shrimp sandwiches; don't be tempted to skip that step.
Peppered Shrimp with White Bean and Cauliflower Puree
If you'd like a smoother puree, process the bean-cauliflower mixture in a food processor before stirring in the butter and cheese.
Charred Lemon Pappardelle with Mushrooms and Shrimp
This shrimp dish chock full of zesty lemon flavors and creamy pasta.
Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad
The single anchovy fillet lends umami depth to the dressing without giving it any sort of strong fishy flavor.
Crunchy Shrimp Tostada
Tostadas are the perfect build-your-own fare. Start with 6-inch whole-grain corn tortillas instead of flour, and you'll save about 30 calories and 200mg sodium. Top with a fun flavor combo of grilled shrimp and shredded cabbage, and crunch.
Shrimp Boil with Green Olives and Lemon
The simmering liquid is packed with flavor, which transfers nicely to the shrimp.
Cheesy Shrimp and Grits
This quick and easy shrimp and grits recipe will wow your family as a weeknight meal or impress guests at a dinner party. The vein of the shrimp runs along the back of the shrimp, just below the surface, and is actually the digestive tract. It won't cause you harm to eat, but can taste gritty (and you definitely don't want that), so it's best to remove it.
Pasta Primavera with Shrimp
The key to this one-pot dish is cooking the shrimp, vegetables, and pasta in stages. When combined, all of the ingredients will be perfectly al dente and coated in a tasty sauce that is slightly thickened by the starch in the pasta. Add more spring flavor by stirring in a tablespoon of chopped soft herbs such as parsley, dill, or basil into the pasta along with the cooked shrimp.
Shrimp Boil Vegetable Bowls
Do the warmer days have you dreaming of low-country boils with fresh-off-the-boat seafood? Even if you can’t make it to the beach right now, this quick and easy Shrimp Boil Vegetable Bowl allows you enjoy the taste and smell of a seaside meal. To simplify your prep work, have the shrimp peeled and deveined at your favorite seafood market. Call ahead with your order, so all you have to do is pick it up
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
This easy dinner comes together in less time than it takes to wait for a table at your favorite Mexican restaurant. Mild poblano chiles and bell peppers get a nice char under the broiler and deliver more than double a day’s worth of immunity-boosting vitamin C.
Fried until crunchy, these shrimp look a little like firecrackers, with the tails being the fuses.
Shrimp Malacca with Rice
Saucy Shrimp Sauté on Toast
Check around for the best prices on shrimp: Sometimes, it's at the seafood counter; other times, it's in the freezer case. The garlic that's rubbed on the toast at the end lends lots of punch; for sensitive taste buds, skip that step.
Sweet shrimp is ideal for spicy dishes like this. If you want just a light lick of heat, use 1/4 teaspoon red pepper.
Stir-Fried Ginger Shrimp
The peppery flavor of ginger in this shrimp stir-fry complements the spiciness of the chile paste and sweetness of the rice wine. Serve with jasmine rice and melon slices.
Shrimp Kebabs with Mint and Melon Salad
The shrimp is balanced with slight sweetness, bitter char, and tangy lime—a combination that complements the refreshing melon. Pick the ripest melons you can find; they should be firm but slightly soft and fragrant, especially near the stem end. Round out this dinner with your favorite grain or the Herb-Scented Rice Salad.
Asparagus Shrimp Stir-Fry
"You wouldn't find fresh asparagus in Saigon when I was a kid," says chef Eric Banh, co-owner with his sister, Sophie, of Seattle's Monsoon and Ba Bar restaurants, "but it's the kind of thing that a fancy restaurant would serve [from cans]." Now that he and Sophie live in the Pacific Northwest, where spring asparagus is sweet, juicy, and abundant, they love to use it in spring dishes--like this savory shrimp stir-fry.
Shrimp Alfredo Pot Pie
Thai Pineapple Shrimp Curry
Green curry paste is the base of the flavorful sauce—look for it in the Asian foods aisle of your supermarket.
Creamy Tomato Gazpacho with Shrimp
Grilled Panzanella with Shrimp
A quick turn on the grill brings extra summer flavor to this riff on classic Italian bread salad.
Ginger Shrimp with Almond Sauce
The almond sauce and ginger go wonderfully well in this colorful and delicious shrimp skewer platter.
Spicy Shrimp Noodles
Air-Fryed Coconut Shrimp
You can count on your air fryer to turn a normal Friday into a #friyay, especially if this beach-dive-inspired recipe is on the menu. Coconut and panko team up to create an amazingly crispy coating for this shrimp; use finely shredded coconut to guarantee better crust adhesion. If you can’t track down finely shredded coconut, pulse the coconut in your food processor or give it a quick chop until it’s more finely ground. Fresh from your air fryer and dunked in this sweet-and-tangy honey-lime sauce, this addictive app will make you feel like you’re on a Caribbean beach.
Greek Shrimp with White Beans, Tomato Sauce, and Feta
This simple, Tuscan-inspired stew is the perfect casual supper for two, though it can easily be doubled. Enjoy leftovers with a piece of whole-grain French bread baguette for dunking.
Greek Bulgur Salad with Shrimp
Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo
This shrimp fettuccine alfredo recipe, which calls for quick-cooking refrigerated pasta, is a great go-to dish for hectic weekights. Serve with a side of roasted asparagus.
Curried Shrimp and Melted Cherry Tomatoes
This flavorful shrimp dish uses garam masala, a fragrant Indian spice blend. You can find it in the supermarket spice aisle.
Coconut Lime Shrimp Skewers
A squeeze of lime adds zing and toasted coconut contributes crunch to this easy make-ahead crowd-pleaser.You can marinate the shrimp for anywhere from one hour to one day. You'll need at least 24 wooden skewers (6 in.).
Shrimp with Ginger-Garlic Red Noodle Beans
These meaty long beans take wonderfully to Asian flavorings such as soy sauce and Sriracha. Look for mirin in the supermarket's international aisle, or substitute marsala wine or dry sherry instead.
BBQ Shrimp Toasts
Pair these flavorful open-faced sandwiches with the Haricots Verts with Cherry Tomatoes and Mushrooms for a colorful and complete plate.
Sheet Pan Paella
No paella pan? No problem. You can still make authentic-tasting paella with a sheet pan. This sheet pan paella is full of flavor, and with this method, all the components from the rice to the sausage and even the seafood turn out perfectly. And best of all, it’s a fun and easy way to serve a crowd, especially during the spring or summer. You can find dried chorizo at most grocery stores in the deli section near the salami and pepperoni. You don’t want to stir the rice too much, or it won’t be able to toast around the edges.
Sausage-and-Shrimp Pizzas with Spinach-Basil Pesto
Shrimp might seem like an unusual pizza topper, but they couldn’t be more delicious when paired with smoky sausage and a bright and fresh pesto. When you’re at the seafood counter, choose medium shrimp (43 to 50 typically come in a pound). They are best for these grilled pizzas because they won’t overcook or undercook.
Switch things up and make shrimp cakes instead of crab cakes. You can prepare and refrigerate the shrimp cakes up to 4 hours before cook time. The sauce, which can be made up to 5 days in advance, is also delicious served on po’boys or any fried fish. Have extra horseradish? Add a peppery kick to coleslaw dressing, deviled egg filling, or macaroni and cheese. Just remember that a little bit goes a long way.
Shrimp Stir Fry with Bacon
Skip the take-out this week and make this delicious and satisfying Southern spin on a stir fry. Using precooked, microwavable rice helps make this a quick and easy weeknight meal. If you don’t have a wok use your favorite cast iron skillet, perfect for stir-fries because of its ability to hold the high heat necessary for stir frying.