44 Best Shrimp Recipes

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Convenient, tasty, easy to make, and always feels like a treat, shrimp recipes are one of our favorites. Shrimp is an amazing healthy protein since it is low in fat, carbs, and calories.

Shrimp scampi, shrimp etouffee, cocktail sauce, and shrimp and vegetables.


Shrimp is a culinary chameleon that infuses its way into a plethora of dishes. It is easy to prepare, cook with, and creates elevated meals with ease. 

From bang bang shrimp to shrimp scampi to shrimp dip and beyond, there are boundless gastronomical creations to enjoy.  

Everyone’s favorite pink crustaceans are showcased in these fabulous, easy shrimp recipes. 

1. Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi is a classic, impressive dish. It is a simple recipe yet tastes like you are eating in a fine dining restaurant. This dish is well-rounded with vegetables, pasta, a garlic cream sauce, and succulent shrimp. Perfect for date nights or a quick meal, it comes together in just 20 minutes. 

2. Air Fryer Shrimp And Sausage

Who doesn’t love a one-pot, quick meal? In under 20 minutes, this savory, healthy meal is on the table. The air fryer does all the work for you. Simply toss your shrimp, sausage, and veggies with seasonings and throw them into the air fryer. Voila! An easy, simple, and delicious meal is ready to be devoured. 

3. Shrimp Etouffee

A classic Louisiana dish, shrimp etouffee is a hearty meal to delight the senses. There is no need to go to the bayou with this delectable recipe. It is a hearty stew full of veggies, savory seasonings, and spice. For an authentic cajun meal, serve it over rice. Try serving with some crusty bread for dipping.

4. Shrimp Salad

This is a great recipe to utilize precooked shrimp. It is a creamy mixture of dill, celery, onion, mayo, and lemon zest. This refreshing dish is simple to throw together for a quick lunch or dinner. Eat it between bread slices or a la carte as it is filled with fresh flavors and packed with protein. 

5. Shrimp Tacos

These aren’t your ordinary shrimp tacos. This extraordinary recipe is bursting with delightful flavors. It is loaded with juicy shrimp, avocado, cotija cheese, crisp cabbage, and a stunning lime crema sauce. Elevate the next taco Tuesday with this easy dinner. 

6. Shrimp Cocktail

We can’t have a shrimp recipe roundup and not include shrimp cocktail. This classic appetizer fancy enough for any special occasion and simple enough for a quick meal.

The key to a quality shrimp cocktail is the cocktail sauce. It has to have the perfect amount of zing and tang to complement the succulent fresh shrimp. This recipe is simple and does not disappoint. 

7. Cajun Shrimp

Spice up your next meal with cajun shrimp.  Pantry spices combine for an irresistible cajun blend that takes your shrimp to the next level. Enjoy cajun shrimp on salads, with veggies, toss in pasta, or in any way your shrimp-loving heart desires. 

8. Shrimp Fajitas

In the time it takes to order and get takeout, you could be enjoying your own fiesta at home. Shrimp fajitas are a fun, light, and easy meal to enjoy any night of the week. Fajitas are known for their onions and peppers but are taken to the next level with spicy shrimp. These fabulous fajitas are an intoxicating blend of flavors not to be missed.

9. Shrimp Risotto

Risotto is one of those delicious dishes that is similar to a culinary blank canvas. The base of garlic and onion is easy to build upon for a creamy, rich dish full of your favorite ingredients. This shrimp risotto is bursting with luscious seafood flavor and is perfect for an elegant dinner. 

10. Coconut Shrimp

Coconut shrimp is crowd-pleasing finger food, but when paired with an orange-chili dipping sauce: it becomes irresistible. This recipe is easy to make and is perfect for holidays and parties. It yields a refined appetizer or meal with tantalizing textures and bright, tangy flavors. 

11. Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Fra Diavolo translates to spicy tomato sauce, and that’s exactly what this delicious dish has. It is a beautiful blend of alluring flavors, shrimp, and pasta.

This is one of those dishes that feels like you are eating at a fancy restaurant but whips up at home in 30 minutes. It’s great for date nights and dinner parties, or to elevate a weeknight meal. 

12. Shrimp Pesto Pasta

This is another restaurant-quality recipe that can be served at a fancy dinner party yet is easy enough for a weeknight meal. The bright and earthy flavors of basil combined with garlic and parmesan cheese create a sublime pesto sauce.

The sauce is mixed with linguine and succulent shrimp for a sophisticated, flavorful meal. 

13. Bang Bang Shrimp

The best of sweet and spicy come together in this bangin’ recipe. Shrimp is breaded, fried, and tossed in a creamy, sweet chili sauce. These little guys are full of flavor and finger-licking good.

This recipe can be served as an appetizer or a meal with a side. Either way, they are an exquisite, tasty dish we can’t get enough of. 

14. Shrimp Enchiladas

Prepare to be wowed! These shrimp enchiladas are refined, impressive, and have a divine mix of heavenly flavors. While we love chicken and beef enchiladas, they simply don’t compare to these decadent shrimp enchiladas.

They are a beautiful blend of mouthwatering flavors, unlike any other enchilada recipe. This is a must-have recipe to keep in your shrimp dish rotation.

15. Shrimp Stir Fry

Garlic shrimp stir fryis one of the easiest and most delicious dishes to make. This is a great weeknight dinner that whips up in 20 minutes, less time than it takes to get takeout. It has savory flavors, succulent shrimp, and a flavorful sauce. Serve over rice or noodles for a sublime meal. 

16. Garlic Butter Shrimp

This one is a favorite due to its simplicity and scrumptious flavors. Lemon, garlic, butter, and seasonings create mouthwatering, luscious shrimp. Serve with noodles or veggies for a complete, delicious meal. 

17. Shrimp Boil

Shrimp boils are a signature Louisiana dish. They are a masterful blend of cajun seasonings and alluring accompaniments to the shrimp. This boil is a recreation of the classic dish with corn, sausage, and potatoes. Combined with the shrimp and seasonings, this boil is a bowl full of tasty goodness.  

18. Shrimp Lo Mein

Skip the takeout and make this restaurant favorite at home in 30 minutes. Crispy veggies, tender egg noodles, and juicy shrimp combine in a delectable sauce. It is easy to make and is even better than your local takeout spot. An impressive meal is on the table in no time with this simple recipe.


19. Shrimp Alfredo

We all know and love chicken alfredo, but have you had shrimp alfredo? This is a simple recipe for a rich, satisfying sauce with luscious, juicy shrimp. It is a decadent meal that entices the senses. Shrimp lovers will absolutely love this creamy shrimp pasta.

20. Shrimp Dip

If you haven’t tried shrimp dip before, you are in for a real treat. This is a baked dip with chunks of succulent shrimp, creamy cheeses, and flavorful spices. This makes for a tasty appetizer and is ready in 30 minutes.

21. Shrimp And Grits

Shrimp and grits are a classic Southern dish. This version is bursting with mouthwatering flavors, including bacon, garlic, and cajun seasoning. It comes together in 15 minutes and will take your tastebuds on a stunning culinary journey.

22. Shrimp And Corn Chowder

Chowders are the perfect cold-weather food. Shrimp chowder is no different. It is a hearty soup with chunks of potato, sweet corn, and crispy bacon. The shrimp is cooked with cajun seasonings adding to the flavor profile. This is a delightful, stick-to-your-ribs, delicious chowder to warm you up on a cold day. 

23. Grilled Shrimp

The best thing about shrimp, besides its versatility, is that it is always in season. Grilled shrimp is a delectable dish whether it is served on its own or included in a meal. This recipe marinates the shrimp in a tantalizing sauce before grilling. Once grilled, these juicy shrimp are ready to be devoured.  

24. Jambalaya

Jambalaya is famous in New Orleans and a southern classic. Now everyone can enjoy it with this easy, at-home recipe. Chicken, andouille sausage, and succulent shrimp join the party with seasonings, rice, broth, and veggies. The flavor combination is out of this world and not to be missed. 

25. Shrimp Fried Rice

Fried rice is a delicious meal that is easily customizable. Mixing vegetables, rice, seasonings, and shrimp together creates an appealing one-pan meal that is always good. It is quick and easy to make at home while maintaining lots of flavor. 

26. Shrimp Ceviche

Ceviche is full of freshness and appetizing flavors. Shrimp ceviche is easy to make at home for a healthy, quick meal. This refreshing recipe is a cinch to whip up, chill, and enjoy in under an hour. It is perfect for a warm summer night on the patio.

27. Honey Walnut Shrimp

Enjoy this restaurant-favorite recipe at home. It has all of the same tantalizing flavors of your favorite restaurant with the ease and comfort of a homemade meal. This dish is sweet, crispy, and light and has a creamy honey sauce. It is a delightful dish bursting with sublime flavors.


28. Shrimp Curry

This Thai-inspired dish is a glorious one-pot meal. The flavors in the curry sauce made with coconut milk are captivating, and once tossed with the shrimp and bell peppers, it is out-of-this-world delicious. Spice up a Tuesday night with this restaurant-quality recipe and wow your loved ones. 

29. Kung Pao Shrimp

Ready to have your mind blown? This beloved takeout dish is a healthier and yummier version than your favorite local takeout joint. Ready in 30 minutes, it has zesty, flavorful, and crunchy shrimp tossed in an enticing sauce with a kick. This isn’t your average kung pao dish; it’s better.

30. Tuscan Shrimp

The great thing about this recipe is that it presents as a gourmet meal yet takes 15 minutes to make and is absolutely delicious. The combination of butter, garlic, and shrimp in a creamy sundried tomato sauce is simply divine. This dish will impress guests and stun your loved ones with its rich, decadent, and heavenly flavors. 

31. Shrimp Quesadillas

Who doesn’t love the versatility and amazingness of quesadillas? From kids to adults, everyone is in on the quesadilla game, and we are here for it. This shrimp quesadilla does not disappoint with its tasty mix of sauteed bell peppers, onions, cheese, and garlic. 

32. Shrimp Cakes

Similar to crab cakes, these shrimp cakes are delightful, tasty cakes fried golden brown. These are quick and easy to make and loaded with veggies and herbs. They are fun for parties and quick meals and make a fabulous appetizer. These sophisticated little patties are flavorful and a decadent addition to any plate.

33. Tropical Shrimp Rice Bowl

As the name suggests, this bowl is a tropical delight. It is unbelievably delicious with sweet pineapples, succulent shrimp, and a divine sauce that is sweet, tangy, and a tad spicy. This one-pot wonder is a pleasurable dish to enjoy any time of the year. 


34. Shrimp Temura Roll

Making amazing sushi at home is not as difficult as some think it is. This recipe is easy to follow and takes a mere 30 minutes. The crispy tempura shrimp are rolled with avocado and cucumber and finished with a delicious umami sushi sauce. It may be the best shrimp tempura roll you have ever had.

35. Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp

The title says it all in this simple recipe. Throw in some veggies, and you’ve got one incredibly delicious meal. The trick here is to marinate the shrimp first, so it can soak up all the goodness from the marinade. Toss the shrimp and veggies with rice or pasta for a complete meal, and thank yourself for making such an amazing dish. 

36. Hibachi Shrimp

You haven’t lived until you have tried these insanely delicious hibachi shrimp. They are easy to make at home and will knock your socks off. Shrimp is seasoned with garlic, soy, and lemon and seared on high heat. These are incredible, but the sweet chili aioli dipping sauce takes the shrimp to the next level for one divine bite after another. 

37. Blackened Shrimp

Blackened shrimp is a simple way to add big flavors to recipes. While they are full of sublime tastiness on their own, adding them to salads, tacos, or pasta creates beautiful flavors. These whip up in 10 minutes and are packed with beguiling deliciousness. 

38. Firecracker Shrimp

This is another restaurant-quality recipe that is simple to make at home. These shrimp are sweet, spicy, sticky, and have a little crunch. They make a wonderful appetizer or serve with rice or veggies for a delectable main dish. 


39. Baked Shrimp Toast

Garlic toast is amazing, but have you tried baked shrimp toast? This glorious concoction is a must-have appetizer. A rich and creamy shrimp mixture featuring garlic and butter is spread on sliced ciabatta or baguette bread and baked to perfection. The shrimp mixture is a decadent delight atop the crispy bread for a dynamite dish. 

40. Old Bay Steamed Shrimp

This Maryland-style recipe is quick, easy, and oh-so-good. Some may consider this a summer recipe, but it’s too good to limit to one season.  The shrimp are generously seasoned with old bay seasoning and steamed with a flavorful mix of water, beer, and apple cider vinegar. It is a fun and easy recipe for parties, gatherings, or any time the mood strikes for these scrumptious shrimp. 

41. Parmesan Shrimp

This easy recipe is ready in just 10 minutes and is a decadent, impressive dish. It is loaded with a creamy, rustic garlic and butter parmesan cream sauce that is a tantalizing treat. The juicy shrimp swim in this amazing sauce and are best served over pasta, rice, or steamed veggies. 

42. Margarita Shrimp

Now, this is a great summertime recipe. Whether it’s taco Tuesday or shrimp Saturday, these shrimp skewers always deliver tasty flavors. The shrimp are marinated in a marinade with flavors found in many Mexican dishes.

Then they are drizzled with tequila for the margarita effect and grilled to perfection. You can leave the tequila out, and they are still full of exquisite flavors.

43. Shrimp Macaroni Salad

It isn’t summer without a quality pasta salad for cookouts and picnics. This recipe takes it to the next level by adding jumbo shrimp. The salad has meaty chunks of succulent shrimp, crispy celery and onion, tender pasta, and a flavorful creamy dressing. Bring this to the next neighborhood gathering and be the hit of the party. 

44. Shrimp Pad Thai

This delicious Pad Thai recipe has an amazing peanut sauce. Filled with shrimp, rice noodles, green onions, carrots and more. An easy, restaurant style dish to make at home.

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Best Shrimp Recipes

By Heather
A delicious group of shrimp recipes. From shrimp scampi, shrimp kababs, and so many more amazing shrimp recipes including this simple steamed shrimp.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound shrimp thawed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 lemon sliced


  • Place water and lemon in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil.
  • Place a steamer basket in the pot making sure it doesn't touch the water.
  • Put the shrimp in the steamer basket.
  • Add a lid to the pot and steam for 3-4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink.
  • Carefully remove shrimp and let cool. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


Calories: 4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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