What goes with shrimp? Here are all the best side dishes for shrimp to make this succulent protein into a meal.
What goes with shrimp? Luckily, almost anything! But this succulent protein is so quick and easy to cook, it’s best paired with fast and easy sides. Here are all the best side dishes for shrimp, with an eye for speed! Most of the recipes you’ll see are fast to whip up, though a few do require preheating the oven. Either way, there are options for different flavor profiles depending on the type of recipe you’re cooking. Ready to get started?
Try this easy Cilantro Lime Rice recipe! A healthy dose of fresh cilantro, lime juice and lime zest and it catapults plain old rice to an entirely different level. The ways to serve it are endless: use it as a side for shrimp or make impromptu shrimp burrito bowls.
Season quinoa with butter and fresh herbs, and it's the ideal side dish for shrimp! Quinoa right out of the pot is pretty bland. Here’s our number 1 way of how to season quinoa: just a few simple ingredients transform it from bland to bursting with flavor!
Here's a quick side for shrimp: the simplest arugula salad! It’s quite possibly the easiest salad you’ll make. You don’t even have to make a salad dressing! In 5 to 10 minutes, you’ve got an elegant salad that goes with literally everything...especially this succulent seafood.
Try this Pan Fried Broccoli: the ideal side dish for shrimp because it cooks so quickly! It comes out perfectly crisp tender and full of savory flavor: and that’s not easy to do with broccoli. Here’s how to pan fry it and season it for crisp tender perfection.
Here’s a trick to a fast side dish for shrimp: this Skillet Pesto Gnocchi! Get this: you don’t even need to boil the gnocchi! Cook up these Italian potato dumplings right in a skillet and they cook right in the sauce, helping to thicken it as they release starch. Stir in purchased pesto and you’ve got a bright and herbaceous sauce: in just 10 minutes total.
Here’s an irresistibly light and airy pasta that makes the perfect side dish: Angel Hair Pasta! These delicate noodles are very quick to cook (think 4 minutes!). Learn how to cook them right, and they come out fluffy and perfectly seasoned: ideal for pairing with shrimp scampi or other shrimp dishes.
A colorful side dish for shrimp? Try these Ultimate Sautéed Vegetables! These sauteed vegetables are beautifully colored, bursting with flavor and crisp tender in texture. They’re the perfect side dish for this tasty seafood.
Risotto is an Italian rice dish that works as side or a main, starring short-grain rice cooked in broth until its creamy and velvety. Flavored with garlic, Parmesan cheese and a splash of white wine, it tastes luxuriously glamorous: but the concept is incredibly simple. Serve it on the side of shrimp, or place it right on top!
The sweet flavor and tender texture of sauteed peppers is truly irresistible! Even better: they’re full of nutrients and jam packed with Vitamin C. Eat them as a side for shrimp, especially Cajun Shrimp.
Want to dress up broccoli to take it to irresistible status? Try this Parmesan broccoli! It’s crispy, crunchy, and impossible not to take another bite. Roasting broccoli brings a sweetness and lightly charred edges to this healthy green vegetable. Combine that with savory Parmesan cheese, and it’s got rock star status.
This side dish is often found on restaurant menus, much like its cousin, American-style grits. And fortunately: it doesn’t need to be confined to restaurants. Polenta is a easy to make at home: you’ll just need 3 ingredients to form this golden, creamy mix. Add some Parmesan cheese or even Gouda, and you’ll put it over the top. Serve the shrimp right over the top.
Need an easy side dish for shrimp? Try Roasted Mini Potatoes! These tiny spuds roast up beautifully. Each bite is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Season them with a little garlic powder and smoked paprika, and they’re bursting with flavor!
Cornbread is easy, goes well with shrimp and it always, always satisfies. Here’s a favorite of ours: this Skillet Cornbread! It’s great in a cast iron skillet, though you can use any type of oven-safe skillet that’s on hand.
Classic is classic for a reason, and the classic wedge salad does not disappoint. The crunch of iceberg lettuce against the creamy, savory blue cheese dressing just makes sense. Not to mention it looks stunning! There’s a reason this salad has been impressing us all for 100 years.
Did you know this traditional pairing of corn and beans originated with the native Narragansett people in New England? While you might associate it with Southern American cooking, it’s even older than that. It’s a great way to infuse a colorful dose of veggies into any meal: an ideal healthy side dish for shrimp!
Grab a box or bag of spring mix at the store, and you barely need to think to make this salad recipe. We’ve customized it to be simple with items you might already have on hand! Add a quick homemade salad dressing, like a light and tangy vinaigrette which compliments the delicate leaves perfectly.
This classic garlic bread recipe got the perfect savory, garlicky flavor. It’s tender on the inside and crunchy on top from broiling it with Parmesan cheese. It's perfect with shrimp and a quick veggie side.
Last up in these side dishes for shrimp: the perfect classic Caesar salad! Make all the components at home and it’s a knock out stunner. The savory, creamy dressing will instantly become a household favorite. And the crunchy garlicky croutons…well, you’ll be eating them off the baking sheet.
Favorite shrimp recipes
Of course, we couldn’t leave you without a few of our favorite ways to cook shrimp! This easy protein is one of our most-cooked around here. Here are some of our favorite shrimp recipes: