Here are all the best healthy shrimp recipes! This tasty lean protein is fast and easy to cook, and makes deliciously nutritious meals.
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 recipes!
Here’s our list of healthy shrimp recipes you should know how to make! There’s nothing like our garlic shrimp, which comes together in just 10 minutes! Or try quick shrimp tacos, which works for easy weeknights and dinner parties. Of course there’s Italian shrimp marinara, tossed in a tangy tomato sauce… Let’s just get to the recipes, shall we?
Here's a recipe for the fastest and easiest healthy shrimp recipe: garlic shrimp! The cook time is only 3 to 4 minutes. Cooking shrimp on the stovetop barely requires thought, making it perfect for weeknight meals. It's flavored with garlic and lemon, and a little olive oil for good measure. Serve with rice or quinoa and a salad.
Every now and then a recipe comes along that knocks our socks off. And so it was with this Honey Garlic Shrimp recipe! There’s nothing like the sweet savory combination of honey garlic glaze and juicy shrimp. The best part?It takes 10 minutes to make. This one is hits all the comforting, satisfying dinner notes with a lightning fast prep speed. It’s hard to find those recipes with that elusive trifecta of healthy, easy and delicious: and this one has it in spades.
Here’s a go-to in the fast and easy dinner category: shrimp stir fry! It’s quick to put together and the umami-packed stir fry sauce is full of irresistible flavor. It’s our favorite Easy Stir Fry Sauce that works with any type of stir fry: we’ve used it on tofu, cauliflower, or shrimp, but of course you can riff endlessly. Add your favorite vegetables to make a super-satisfying dinner that pleases everyone around the table.
Here’s an idea that has healthy weeknight meal written all over it: pesto shrimp! Turns out this bright green, garlicky sauce is the perfect pairing for this succulent shellfish. The two flavors go hand-in-hand, just like famous duos like tomatoes and basil. Serve with rice, quinoa or another whole grain for a healthy meal.
Here’s a recipe that knocked us off our feet: and it sounds deceptively simple. But this really is the perfect sauteed shrimp! It turns out…well, even better than good: it’s truly great! The tender, juicy savory flavor is so remarkable, you won’t be able to stop taking bites. Here’s our secret seasoning blend and exactly how to make what we think is the best sauteed shrimp.
Looking for an easy, tasty 30 minute meal that’s a hit every time? Try these classic Shrimp Fajitas! Every time we serve these, they get rave reviews from everyone around the table. The fajita veggies are seasoned to perfection, and the shrimp are juicy and buttery. Throw them in a tortilla and spritz with lime, and each bite makes you want to do a happy dance.
Looking for a healthy and easy weeknight meal? Try this shrimp and broccoli!The pair are cooked with soy sauce and and rice vinegar until bright and savory. The contrast of the crisp tender broccoli against the juicy shrimp is really something. Serve it with rice or noodles to make it a complete meal that comes together quickly!
Move over, all other shrimp recipes! This baked shrimp is the perfect healthy, fast and easy dinner recipe. This method is so easy and the shrimp come out juicy and perfectly seasoned with garlic and herbs. You can also make Broiled Shrimp and skip the preheating step! Add breadcrumbs for a crispy coating; it’s optional but it takes these to over the top incredible status.
Here’s a weeknight dinner that's full of comfort food vibes: Shrimp Fried Rice! It’s healthy and over the top delicious. Fried rice is pretty easy to make by winging it. But if you follow this recipe, it’s the path to shrimp fried rice that tastes like takeout. The garlic, ginger and soy sauce meld perfectly with the colorful veggies, bursts of shrimp and gooey bits of egg into a symphony of flavor. It’s one of our favorites for weeknight cooking…ever.
Here’s a fast and easy shrimp recipe that’s always a hit in our house: shrimp pesto pasta! Coat long noodles in silky basil pesto, then add juicy, succulent shrimp. Turns out, the garlicky pesto is the perfect pair for the savory pop of shrimp. It works just as well for dinner party as a weeknight meal. Here’s what you need to know!
This shrimp curry tastes better than a restaurant, but it’s a quick and easy dinner you can make at home! There is so much flavor going on here: rich coconut milk, aromatic curry paste, tangy lime and peppery basil surrounding tender, juicy shrimp. Serve it over jasmine rice and your friends and family will be singing your praises.
This cilantro lime shrimp is packed with zingy flavor: and it takes less than 10 minutes to put together! It comes out beautifully tangy and fresh. It pairs perfectly with Mexican-style flavors: serve it with rice, an avocado salad, or in tacos. Or make it into a main dish salad topped with our cilantro dressing. Here’s how to make it!
Who can resist a plate of coconut shrimp? Each crunchy, coconut-scented, juicy bite is so supremely satisfying, we want to devour the entire plate. Here's a lighter twist that's baked, not fried! Serve it with sweet chili sauce for a tasty appetizer: or you can make it dinner by adding a few sides like rice or sauteed veggies.
Homemade shrimp cocktail is infinitely better than a store-bought tray. Here's why: boiling the shrimp at home makes it come out perfectly tender, with a little nuance from lemon. The amount of flavor in this boiled shrimp is incredible: and it only takes 2 minutes to boil! Combine that with our famous shrimp cocktail sauce: the tangiest, most flavor-popping, horseradish-y cocktail sauce you'll have. It's a true treat!
This sheet pan shrimp boil is an easy way to make this magical meal on a weeknight: no large pot or fire required! What results is a seafood boil full of oven-roasted goodness. The corn becomes browned and caramelized, perfect against the salty and seasoned nuance of cozy Old Bay. And the shrimp come out perfectly seasoned and tender! It's great for weeknights or entertaining.
Here's a festive shrimp recipe that everyone should know: paella! This traditional Spanish rice dish is actually easy to make at home: we promise! You don't even need a fancy pan: a large skillet will do! Smoked paprika adds an earthy flair to the rice, which is topped with veggies, artichokes and shrimp. It's a stunning recipe for entertaining, but easy enough for a weeknight.
Is there anything more delicious than succulent, garlicky shrimp right off the grill? Here’s a seriously easy shrimp recipe using lemon and garlic: and it takes only 2 to 4 minutes! There’s really nothing faster on the grill, and it makes for a simple, healthy dinner.
Last in our shrimp recipes: shrimp is an easy way to add protein to a main dish salad! Here it's grilled with a little cumin and paprika, but you could also use the stovetop recipe above. Add the juicy shrimp to a bed of greens topped with mango, cashews, and bell pepper. Then top with our zesty Green Goddess Dressing. It's an enticing and filling meal that doesn't feel like eating salad (if you know what we mean!).
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.
The fishing methodmatters. Look for hook and line as one example of a sustainable gear type. Bottom trawling is the most destructive and least sustainable method.
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.