Here are all the best healthy shrimp recipes! This tasty protein is fast and easy to cook, and it makes the best flavorful and 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. There’s our quick shrimp tacos, that’s our go-to for both easy weeknights and dinner parties. And of course Asian-style shrimp and broccoli, and then 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 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. Also try: Grilled Shrimp Skewers
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.