15 Shrimp Recipes That Are Healthy & Easy!

Here are all the best healthy shrimp recipes! This tasty lean protein is fast and easy to cook, and makes deliciously nutritious meals.

Saute pan with shrimp

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?

And now: our best healthy shrimp recipes!

Is shrimp healthy?

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.
  • The fishing method matters. Look for hook and line as one example of a sustainable gear type. Bottom trawling is the most destructive and least sustainable method.
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Garlic butter shrimp

Garlic Shrimp & More Shrimp Recipes!

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


This healthy garlic shrimp has HUGE flavor in under 10 minutes! A fast and easy dinner for weeknights or entertaining, it will become your go-to.



  • 1 pound large shrimp, deveined (peeled or unpeeled, frozen or fresh)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley, for garnish


  1. If frozen, thaw the shrimp.
  2. Mince the garlic.
  3. Pat the shrimp dry. In a medium bowl, mix the shrimp with the garlic and salt.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil 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 lemon wedges and serve immediately.

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

Keywords: Shrimp Recipes, Healthy Shrimp Recipes

Last updated: September 2020

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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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