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21 Best Shrimp Dish Recipes (All Types)

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When you think about versatile foods, do you think about shrimp? You might not really consider shrimp the best seafood out there, but I might have to argue with you there. Shrimp fits with almost any type of cuisine, and it can be eaten as part of any meal of the day.

Basically, if you have been sleeping on shrimp, now is the time to change that. Check out these shrimp recipes for yourself to be convinced.

1. Shrimp, Grits, and . . . Fruit? Yep!

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Here’s the deal. I didn’t grow up eating shrimp and grits. It really wasn’t my family’s thing.

When I grew older and discovered the joy of shrimp and grits with spicy fruit salsa, my eyes opened. These are my favorite shrimp and grits, and the hot mango salsa adds so much flavor to a dish I had never really given much thought to before. I love having this recipe on deck for one of those nights I forget to defrost meat.

Plus, you can cook this dish in less than half an hour. Honestly, you can eat this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I won’t judge!

2. This Creamy Shrimp Pasta Is Super Easy & Affordable

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If you’re looking for a more traditional dinner, this pasta is a great choice. I love seafood pasta, and this creamy garlic shrimp comes together in a matter of minutes. This recipe delivers a rustic sauce that uses ingredients you probably already have on hand in the fridge and pantry.

Plus, the serving suggests offer ways you can make this a low-carb or carb-loaded dinner. I love to serve this shrimp pasta with garlic bread, and I’ve also found that using zucchini noodles is a great adjustment for getting some extra veggies. You can also use frozen shrimp instead of fresh shrimp if you want to make this dish more affordable.

3. I Don’t Know Anybody Who Doesn’t Love a Sheet Pan Dinner

Sheet pan shrimp on a wooden table.

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Are you unsure what you want to do for dinner? It’s time to bring out the sheet pan and get to work! The good news is that this recipe doesn’t require much work at all, and in 30 minutes, you’ll have a tasty meal with veggies and protein.

Your asparagus, shrimp, and sausage are seasoned with tasty and trusty Old Bay, and the lemon aioli is just the cherry on top. This recipe calls for chicken sausage, but you can totally customize this dish to make your perfect seafood sheet pan meal. If you need something easy, it doesn’t get much easier.

4. Shrimp Skewers Are Perfect for Your Next BBQ

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There aren’t enough words to express how much I love shrimp skewers. Seriously, marinated shrimp taste way too good for how healthy they are. Plus, this recipe uses jumbo shrimp, which are so plump and juicy.

Grill them for just 10 minutes and you’ve got a complete meal. I love to add different vegetables to my skewers as well, which is a great way to impress my family members. In fact, everybody can join in by making their own skewers with the shrimp and veggies they love most.

You can’t go wrong when you fire up the grill.

5. Rice Bowls Are a Staple at our House — And They’re Better With Shrimp!

Healthy shrimp rice bowl on a flat tray.

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One thing you should know about my family is that we love rice bowls. While I used to live for steak and chicken bowls, shrimp bowls are becoming a new favorite. The cilantro lime rice in this recipe is excellent, and pairing it with the chipotle ranch dressing makes for the perfect dinner.

The black bean and corn salad is a nice touch, especially because its’s something we don’t always eat with shrimp. Plus, these bowls are so easy for everybody to customize. No more picky eaters!

Best of all, this meal is served in half an hour.

6. These Little Shrimp Tostadas Are Adorable (and Delicious)

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I grew up eating shrimp tostadas at the farmer’s market, so learning to make my own at home was such a special treat. In less than an hour, I could relive my childhood. This recipe is also amazing because it’s so simple.

The shrimp requires olive oil, lime juice, honey, garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt. You can use frozen or fresh shrimp. You also get to make your own guacamole, which is so good thanks to the inclusion of red onion and jalapeño peppers.

The tortilla scoops are bite-sized, which means that they are great to eat outside at a barbecue or as an appetizer for your next dinner party.

7. Make Your Own Spicy Tomato Sauce With This Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Italian penne with shrimp and tomato sauce.

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I love shrimp with pasta sauce. This tomato sauce doesn’t require many ingredients, and it includes ginger, cumin, and paprika. Those aren’t flavors we necessarily associate with tomato sauce, but they work so well in this sauce.

This dish is so simple that it may very well replace your typical spaghetti recipe. This recipe also comes with different variations, including penne with mozzarella or penne with sausage. You can also throw in some veggies to get more out of your shrimp pasta.

The best veggies to toss in with your shrimp include mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, and green beans.

8. If You Prefer White Sauce, Check Out This Shrimp Linguine

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Shrimp scampi is a favorite in our house, especially when tomato sauce seems too rich. Shrimp scampi with linguine is so tasty, and the pasta takes just a few minutes to boil. I love the sauce in this recipe too.

Using shallots and red pepper flakes helps create a savory flavor that the shrimp really takes on. The addition of wine in this dish is perfect and helps you create a tastier sauce. Broth will also work in a pinch.

This is a two-step recipe that is so easy to cook. In 40 minutes, you’ve got the perfect dinner. Just add veggies!

9. Make Your Pasta Dish Low Carb With Zucchini Noodles

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If you are trying to eat a low-carb diet, these zucchini noodles are perfect. The zoodles are severed with avocado pesto and shrimp. It’s so healthy, and the shrimp is seasoned with Cajun spices so you know it’s going to pack quite a punch.

The hardest part of this recipe is cutting the zucchini into noodles, which can take a bit of practice if this is your first time. The sauce itself is made from avocado, basil, lemon juice, pepper, salt, and pistachios. If you have a food processor, this process takes seconds.

10. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Is Literally All I Crave

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There is so much to love about this recipe, from the shrimp wrapped in crispy bacon to the bourbon glaze. I love the combination of juicy shrimp with the sweet sauce. Don’t be intimidated by the pictures either.

It’s so much easier to cook than you think. I recommend using plump, fresh shrimp rather than frozen because you’re going to get so much more texture that way. This recipe also suggests that you cook the bacon a bit first to avoid overcooking the shrimp.

The biggest disadvantage of this recipe is that the shrimp go quickly! Everybody wants a plate. The good news?

You can have more on the table in 30 minutes.

11. This Bang Bang Shrimp Is Better Than Takeout–I Promise!

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I had no idea what bang bang shrimp was until a couple of months ago. The first time I tried it, I was sold. The seasoning is just spicy enough thanks to the sweet chili sauce, which this recipe will show you how to make.

If you really want to make sure that your shrimp is truly banging, roll it around in buttermilk and cornstarch to get the perfect texture. We like to eat bang bang shrimp with veggie slaw and garlic butter scallops. This recipe is easier to make than you think, and it tastes just like takeout.

12. Tomato, Basil, and Shrimp Are the Perfect Trio and You Can’t Convince Me Otherwise

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This is another of my favorite shrimp skewers, especially because it reminds me of tomato and basil salads. These skewers use just a few ingredients, and most of the flavor comes from cayenne, garlic, and red wine vinegar. Fresh shrimp is a must in this recipe because you want those shrimps to be nice and plump on the skewer.

Toss them on the grill for up to five minutes on each side for the perfect shrimp. We love this recipe because it is full of protein and lets us get our basil fix.

13. If You Haven’t Been Air Frying Your Shrimp, You’re Missing Out

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Who isn’t obsessed with their air fryer these days? I love to cook spicy shrimp in the air fryer because the texture is perfect. It’s everything I expect from deep-fried shrimp but somehow better.

If you are looking for a good appetizer at an event, this is a safe and tasty option. Unlike a lot of other recipes on this list, this recipe actually calls for using fully cooked shrimp so that you can worry only about making them crispy. The spice level comes from the chili powder and Cajun seasoning, but you can play with these ingredients to make the dish perfect for your family.

14. I’ve Never Stuffed an Avocado . . . Until Now

Stuffed avocado with garlic shrimp.

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I never would have thought about shrimp stuffed avocados if I hadn’t seen this recipe. Now, it makes total sense. This recipe shows you how to make your own tasty shrimp ceviche with tomatoes, cucumber, and red onions.

You’ll also add some hot sauce to make sure you get an extra touch of spice. You can play around with the seasoning to make sure that you get the right mixture for your family. In a matter of 15 minutes, you’ll have a tasty appetizer or lunch.

You’ll realize how many things you can stuff inside an avocado.

15. This Creamy Shrimp Dip Is the Perfect Party App

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The perfect appetizer is here! This cold shrimp dip is so creamy and thick, and the shrimp flavor really comes through. I love how well this works as an appetizer for a family event or party.

My favorite thing about this recipe is that it is so easy to make, and you can make it ahead of time with no problem. This recipe has just a few ingredients, so you can try it easily. You’ll need small shrimp from a tin, mayonnaise, cream cheese, green onions, garlic salt, and black pepper.

You’re going to be surprised at how fast this dish is eaten at your next family function.

16. This Recipe Has ‘Comfort Food’ Written All Over It

Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta on a white plate.

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In 25 minutes, you can serve sauteed shrimp and steamed broccoli, all coated with a creamy Alfredo sauce. I love the way the broccoli is not mushy but is instead just a bit snappy. I would definitely describe this dish as comfort food, but it’s so easy to make that it really feels like cheating.

If you’re looking for a quick meal you can throw together, this is it. You can even use frozen shrimp with no major change to the flavor or texture.

17. Pickled Shrimp Is Not As Intimidating As You Think It Is

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Look, I’m not a fan of pickled fish. You’re never going to see me ordering pickled herring or anything like that. And yet, this pickled shrimp recipe called to me.

As an appetizer, pickled shrimp is delightful, especially when you add the onions and jalapenos. It’s just a tad spicy and offers lots of flavor thanks to the seasoning. Was I reluctant to make this at first?

Yes. Is this recipe delicious and totally worth it? Yes. Don’t let the concept of pickled seafood deter you if you aren’t usually a fan.

18. This Healthy Shrimp Recipe Comes Together in a Jiffy

Boiled shrimps with fresh lemon and spice.

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If you are trying to throw together a quick weeknight dinner, shrimp can totally be on the menu. In fact, this Mediterranean Shrimp is full of flavor and cooks in just 10 minutes. I always overlooked shrimp in the past because I thought it had to be cooked for a long time to be tasty.

That’s just not true. You can get lots of flavor with this quick dish. Fresh, plump shrimp are perfect for this dish, and you’ll need some butter, wine, herbs, and lemon juice.

Best of all, the shrimp is full of lean protein, so it’s healthy too.

19. I’ve Found a Spanish Shrimp Recipe I Can’t Stop Thinking About

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When I think about this Spanish Garlic Shrimp dish, my mouth literally waters. It’s perfect for a tapas night at home or even for an outdoor meal. As tasty as this dish is, it’s also rich in protein while also offering a low-calorie meal.

You can definitely add a little more heat to this dish if that’s your thing, but you can also remove all the heat. While this is a great appetizer, you can also add some other elements to make it a full meal. I like adding asparagus and a bit of buttered bread.

20. Elevate Your Taco Game With Shrimp & Avocado Salsa

Grilled shrimp tacos with corn and avocado salsa.

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Who doesn’t love tacos? These grilled shrimp tacos come with a tasty avocado salsa, and the shrimp are so flavorful. They stand out against the salsa and veggies, which means that you can easily please everybody.

They are quick to make, even on the grill, and everybody can customize their own tacos. I like the corn tortillas, but this recipe also works really well with flour tortillas. You can really make this dish your own, but the salsa is such an important part of the process.

21. I Can’t Get Over This Spicy Thai Salad

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I love Thai shrimp, and this spicy little salad was perfect for me. Everything about this dish is perfect, from the greens and herbs to the shrimp and vegetables. Plus, I can’t get enough of that cashew dressing.

It’s just spicy enough to keep me coming back for more. I love this recipe for dinner on a hot summer night when you really don’t want to spend long working over the stove or oven. This recipe is so simple and refreshing.

Tips for Cooking Shrimp Recipes

A lot of people think that shrimp is hard to cook, but that’s not the case. Shrimp is tasty and easy, especially because it rarely takes longer than half an hour to throw together one of these dishes. My top tip for making shrimp is to look at the quality of the shrimp you want to buy.

I almost always prefer fresh shrimp to frozen shrimp, but it ultimately depends on the recipe. Some recipes recommend frozen shrimp, and that’s for a good reason. The size of the shrimp matters too.

For instance, if you are trying to make shrimp skewers, you should buy jumbo shrimp. If you want to make a dish that holds more flavor, get shrimp that still has a shell on it.

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