10+ Best Shrimp Recipes


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I’ve rounded up the best shrimp recipes that will make you fall more in love with this easy, versatile ingredient! You’ll find endless inspiration for busy weeknights, summer barbecues, healthy lunches, and your next dinner party. 

Creamy chipotle shrimp in a saute pan with garnish.

4 Reasons To Love Shrimp Recipes

What’s there not to love about shrimp? It’s healthy, works wonders in a variety of recipes (grilled, creamy, sautéed, you name it!), and it’s pretty much the definition of quick and easy cooking. Here’s why shrimp recipes are simply the best.

  • So darn easy to cook. No matter how you’re cooking it, it literally takes only a couple of minutes to cook up a batch of shrimp. Aka – it’s your weeknight savior!
  • Takes on a variety of flavors. Just like chicken or beef, shrimp absorbs flavor extremely well. You can cook it in a rich sauce, season it however you like, or marinate it.
  • Best freezer ingredient. Shrimp will keep for months in your freezer, which means you can always have it on the ready.
  • Rich in nutrients. Not only is shrimp low in calories, but it’s a nutritional powerhouse!

And if you’re stuck on how to shop for shrimp, just make sure to always take quality and source into consideration. Fresh catches of the day are ideal, but can be expensive and not as convenient. So grab a bag of frozen shrimp from the freezer aisle! It’s frozen as soon as it’s caught, which preserves its fresh flavor.

It’s All About Easy and Healthy Shrimp Recipes

It’s time to put shrimp front and center with the most delicious lunch and dinner ideas! These shrimp recipes show you how to grill and sauté our favorite crustacean with the best seasonings, and how to properly marinate them in zesty, garlicky goodness.

Grilled shrimp skewers on a plate with lemon slices, parsley and the marinade.

Garlic Grilled Shrimp Skewers: When it’s summertime and you’re in the backyard grilling, you’ve got to throw a few shrimp on the barbie! This recipe takes less than 10 minutes after the shrimp have marinated in the most delicious garlic herb mixture.

A pan with shrimp fried rice with a serving spoon.

Shrimp Fried Rice: When you’ve got the itch for homemade Chinese food, make a batch of this incredibly easy shrimp fried rice! It’s made all in one pan, great for meal prep, and tastes even better (and cleaner) than the take-out version.

Shrimp tacos on a plate next to avocado

Best Shrimp Tacos: If you want to be the most popular person on Taco Tuesday, whip up these flavor-packed shrimp tacos! The secret here is the cilantro lime bacon coleslaw and a drizzle of lime crema.

Shrimp scampi in a large pan with a spoon

Shrimp Scampi: Nothing beats a classic shrimp scampi cooked in the most fragrant garlic lemon butter sauce. Plus, you can toss it into pasta, serve it over rice, and more!

Shrimp salad in a large white bowl

Creamy Shrimp Salad: This salad screams summertime in a bowl with chilled shrimp tossed with crisp celery, onion, and a creamy, herby sauce.

Cucumber shrimp salad in a large serving bowl next to limes

Cucumber Shrimp Salad: We love a good meal prep salad here, and this version is loaded with jumbo shrimp, crisp cucumber, green onion, and a creamy lime dressing.

Honey garlic shrimp in a metal pan next to cilantro

Honey Garlic Shrimp: This easy, 20-minute dinner packs a ton of flavor, all thanks to this sweet n’ savory, sticky glaze. Then serve it over rice with freshly sliced green onions for one delicious meal.

Three Vietnamese spring rolls on a plate.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls: The best way to welcome spring with open arms is to add spring rolls to the menu! This light version is loaded with leafy greens, asparagus, carrots, cucumber, red cabbage, sprouts, and shrimp. Oh, and one tasty homemade almond butter dipping sauce.

Cajun shrimp in a pan

Cajun Shrimp: Using my homemade Cajun seasoning is the best way to jazz up this simple, 10-minute shrimp dinner!

Shrimp fajitas in a pan with avocado slices and lime wedges.

Shrimp Fajitas: On your next fajita night switch up chicken fajitas for shrimp fajitas! All it takes is some homemade fajita seasoning, bell peppers, onions, and fresh lime juice to make this sizzling skillet happen.

Zucchini noodles pasta and lemon garlic shrimp on a plate next to a slice of lemon.

Zucchini Pasta With Lemon Garlic Shrimp: Enjoy your favorite shrimp scampi with fresh zucchini noodles! It’s got all the flavors you love wrapped up in an easy, gluten-free, low-carb, super healthy shrimp recipe.

Close up photo of creamy chipotle shrimp in the pan.

Creamy Chipotle Shrimp: For a meal that’s out-of-this-world amazing (and a reader favorite), you’ve got to try this creamy chipotle shrimp. Jumbo shrimp are cooked in a spicy and creamy chipotle sauce, then topped with fresh herbs and peppers. Serve this up with rice and sautéed veggies for a deliciously hearty meal.

This shrimp, asparagus and avocado salad is utterly delicious and perfect for spring. It's a light, vibrant, creamy, healthy avocado salad.

Shrimp, Asparagus, And Avocado Salad: This shrimp salad is always a Springtime favorite! Give shrimp a quick toss with asparagus, avocado slices, and a drizzle of my homemade lemon vinaigrette. It’s fresh, easy, and looks extra stunning served on the table.

Shrimp sauteed in a pan with garlic and butter.

Garlic Butter Shrimp: When you’re in need of a zippy dish, you can’t beat sautéed shrimp. Whip up these juicy, garlicky shrimps in less than 10 minutes. Plus, you can top them on just about any meal.

Shrimp ceviche in a white bowl and topped with avocado.

Citrus Shrimp Ceviche: I’m adding a citrus flair to a Mexican-inspired favorite: ceviche! This one’s filled with orange and grapefruit chunks, cucumbers, red onion, jalapeno, and of course, cilantro.

(gluten-free, paleo) Cucumber melon gazpacho with ginger shrimp. A cooling and delicious gazpacho, perfect for summer!

Cucumber Melon Gazpacho with Ginger Shrimp: When it’s sweltering hot outside, a cooling bowl of gazpacho is always welcome. It’s a smooth blend of cucumber, melon, and loads of herbs. Then topped with fresh, ginger shrimp for a spiced touch.

(gluten-free, paleo) Asian Cauli Rice with Ginger Shrimp | www.downshiftology.com

Asian Cauliflower Rice With Ginger Shrimp: Amp up your cauliflower rice with this Asian-inspired, tantalizing bowl of goodness. All you need is to toss ginger shrimp, avocados, fresh herbs, and cauliflower rice with a simple sesame-soy sauce.

For more easy, delicious meal ideas… check out these other roundups, including the best easy dinner ideasbest healthy breakfast ideas, and my best mediterranean diet recipes.

If you make any of these shrimp recipes, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

10 best shrimp recipes

10+ Best Shrimp Recipes

5 from 6 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Shrimp recipes that are easy, flavorful, healthy, and an endless inspiration for busy weeknights, summer barbecues, or dinner parties!


  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 20 spears asparagus, (1 bunch)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ recipe lemon vinaigrette


  • Bring both a medium pot of water and a medium sauté pan of water and to a boil. Add the shrimp to the pot and the asparagus to the sauté pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Use a skimmer or tongs to transfer the shrimp and asparagus to an ice water bath. Drain and then slice the asparagus into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Add the shrimp, sliced asparagus, baby spinach, avocado and green onion to a salad bowl. Add the dressing, season with salt and pepper and toss it all together.


Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 557mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin A: 3330IU | Vitamin C: 25.1mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Shrimp Recipes, Shrimp Recipes
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About the author

Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. They all sound great! I’m eager to try them out! I’m less than two miles from where the shrimp boats unload, but my freezer went kaput, and my entire stash of frozen shrimp went bad. Until I get a new freezer it looks like I’ll have to use fresh shrimp each night I want to try one of your recipes. I’ll report back soon!

    1. Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. Hopefully you can get your hands on a new freezer soon so you can whip up this recipe :)

  2. HELLO, I want to make all of these! We are big shrimp fans at my house, and I’m excited to get so much great recipe inspo!5 stars

  3. I always have shrimp in the freezer and I can’t wait to have this on hand to reference when I want a quick meal!5 stars

  4. Yummy! My daughter and I are going to absolutely love this recipe! So excited to make some of these throughout this week!5 stars

  5. Oh yum! Such a wonderful collection of shrimp recipes! I especially love the Creamy Chipotle Shrimp and Citrus Shrimp Ceviche.5 stars

  6. I am going to need all of these in my life stat! I don’t know which recipe to make first they all look SOOOO good. Shrimp is always a go to in my house.5 stars