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 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?
Here's a recipe for the fastest and easiest way to cook shrimp: on the stove! As in: the cook time is 2 to 4 minutes. Yes, please! This easy stovetop shrimp barely requires thought, making it perfect for weeknight meals. It's flavored with garlic, Old Bay, and cumin: and a little butter for good measure. Serve with rice or quinoa and a green salad. Dinner is served!
Take that easy stovetop shrimp recipe and put it in a tortilla, and you've got shrimp tacos! These quick shrimp tacos are ultra-versatile and work for both easy weeknight mealsand dinner parties. (You won't find many recipes like that!) Top the juicy shrimp with our Creamy Cilantro Taco Sauce; almost like a ranch dressing with cilantro, you might just want to bathe in it! Throw it all together with shredded cabbage, red onion and lime in a charred tortilla.
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 Homemade 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 classic shrimp recipe you need in your repertoire: shrimp and grits! And we cannot wait for you to taste these creamy grits, tender shrimp, and luscious veggie gravy! Why this recipe famous? Well, it comes from our pal Tanorria who competed on the cooking show MasterChef. Host Gordon Ramsey himself proclaimed her shrimp and grits the best in the MasterChef kitchen. How’s that for impressive?
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 a zesty lemon herb marinade. This garlic grilled shrimp is simple to whip up: just give it a 30 minute marinade and it’s good to go on the grill. And it takes only 2 to 4 minutes! There’s really nothing faster on the grill, and it makes for a simple, healthy dinner.
Here's a favorite shrimp recipe: baked in tomato sauce! The healthy baked shrimp recipe is easy to make and featureers the Mediterranean flavors of feta, garlic and parsley. Simmer a simple tomato sauce with onion and garlic, then add the shrimp and bake until pink and tender. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of fresh parsley!
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.
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.
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.