Shrimp is the best for fast and healthy dinner ideas! Here are the best shrimp recipes for dinner: they’re easy and full of big flavor.
If you’re looking to eat a quick and healthy dinner, shrimp is where it’s at! Shrimp can go from zero to dinner incredibly fast: it cooks up in just 3 minutes! It’s also juicy, flavorful, and seriously satisfying. The best shrimp recipes for dinner play on the quick and simple nature of cooking shrimp, but give you ideas on how to use it in new ways. Ready for our go-to shrimp dinner ideas?
How to buy sustainable shrimp
First, a little note on how to buy sustainable shrimp. Alex and I try to buy sustainable seafood where possible. While we eat a mostly plant-based diet, we do flex occasionally to eat sustainable fish. In researching how to buy sustainable seafood, Alex and I have learned to look for wild-caught fish if possible. Also, frozen is good too!
A myth about fish is that “fresh is best.” As soon as an animal dies it begins to decompose; freezing suspends this process. If a fish is frozen when it was caught and stays frozen until it gets to your kitchen, it will be higher quality than a raw fish that has taken a week to get to your plate.
And now: the best shrimp dinner ideas!
This sheet pan shrimp bake is just like a shrimp boil, but easy enough for weeknights! It’s one of the best shrimp recipes for dinner.
- 2 pounds small red potatoes
- 4 large ears corn
- 2 pounds large raw shrimp, shell on and deveined (thawed)
- 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 6 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning, divided
- 3 teaspoons dried dill, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- Black pepper
- 4 lemon wedges
- Finely chopped parsley or chives, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Cut the potatoes in half (or into bite-sized pieces if using larger potatoes). Shuck the corn and cut it into 2-inch pieces.
- Place the potatoes in a large bowl and stir them together with: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons Old Bay, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon dried dill, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and several grinds black pepper. Spread potatoes face down on the baking sheets and bake 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in the same bowl stir together the corn with (same as last time!): 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons Old Bay, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon dried dill, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and several grinds black pepper. Remove the baking sheet from oven and flip the potatoes. Add the corn and bake an additional 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in the same bowl stir together the thawed shrimp with (here we go again!): 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon Old Bay, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon dried dill, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and several grinds black pepper. Remove the sheet from the oven and turn the corn. Add the shrimp and bake an additional 10 minutes until shrimp is cooked through.
- Serve garnished with chopped parsley or chives, and a hearty squeeze from the lemon wedges. Allow to cool slightly. If desired, spread butcher paper or newspaper over your table and pour the shrimp boil on top — or serve right from the cooled baking sheets or a large platter. Enjoy by eating with your hands!
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Shrimp Dinner Ideas, Best Shrimp Recipes for Dinner
Related: Shrimp Scampi
What to eat with these shrimp dinner ideas
Looking for some tasty sides to eat with your shrimp for dinner? Here are a few ideas:
- Pesto Quinoa
- Farro with Herbs
- Easy Bean Salad
- Grilled Romaine Lettuce
- Grilled Avocado
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Incredible Chopped Salad
- Greek Orzo Salad
- Caribbean Black Bean Salad
- Artisan Dutch Oven Bread
- Seasoned Baked Potato Wedges
- French Potato Salad
- Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
- Cucumber Salad with Vinegar
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.