Top 10 Shrimp Recipes to Try

Here are all the best shrimp recipes to try, from shrimp tacos to cocktail! This healthy seafood is fast to cook and begging to get on your table.

Shrimp recipes

Shrimp is a pretty perfect protein: it’s quick to cook, healthy, and juicy and delicious! One medium shrimp has only 7 calories! (Unbelievable, right?) And it takes only 2 to 4 minutes to cook on the stove. This makes it the perfect base for easy and healthy meals!

Here’s our list of top shrimp recipes you should know how to make! There’s homemade shrimp cocktail that tastes infinitely better than a party tray. There’s our quick shrimp tacos, that’s our go-to for both easy weeknights and dinner parties. And shrimp marinara, Italian-style tossed in a tangy marinara sauce over pasta…let’s just get to the recipes, shall we?

And now: our top shrimp recipes to try!

Shrimp in pan

Easy Sauteed Shrimp

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x


Wondering how to cook shrimp? This easy sauteed shrimp recipe makes a tasty dinner and takes only 4 minutes to cook!



  • 1 pound large shrimp, deveined (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning (or try homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 lime or lemon wedges (optional)


  1. Thaw the shrimp (see the notes above). 
  2. Mince the garlic
  3. Pat the shrimp dry. In a medium bowl, mix the shrimp with the Old Bay seasoning, cumin, salt, and garlic.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the butter on medium high heat. Cook the shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes per side until opaque and cooked through, turning them with tongs.
  5. Spritz with juice of the lime or lemon wedges and serve immediately.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Keywords: Shrimp Recipes

Shrimp calories & protein

Shrimp are a low calorie food and part of a healthy Mediterranean-style diet. (Here’s more on shrimp nutrition.) The calories & protein in shrimp are as follows:

  • 1 medium shrimp = 7 calories, 1 gram protein
  • 1 jumbo shrimp = 14 calories, 1.5 grams protein

Buying sustainable seafood: what to look for

Looking at buying sustainable fish for your shrimp recipes? (If so, kudos!) Here are a few pointers for buying sustainable seafood:

  • Look for wild-caught fish if possible. If you live in the US, look for US caught. 90% of the seafood we eat in the US is imported. Imported seafood runs the risk of being overfished, caught under unfair labor practices, or farmed in environmentally harmful ways.
  • How your fish is caught matters. Look for hook and line as one example of a sustainable gear type. Bottom trawling is considered the most destructive and least sustainable method.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

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

Cookbook Author and photographer

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.

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