Superfast Shrimp

Easy, versatile, and quick to cook, shrimp is a high-protein, low-calorie alternative to other meats and fish.

Three-Chile-Dusted Shrimp with Quick Corn Relish

Randy Mayor

Three-Chile-Dusted Shrimp with Quick Corn Relish

A little sugar might seem out of place in the three-pepper spice rub here, but it caramelizes during cooking to give the shrimp a lovely browned look. The fresh vegetable mix has a nice sweet-sour flavor to balance the spicy shrimp. Load shrimp and veggies into tortillas for great Southwestern shrimp tacos.

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Shrimp Pad Thai

Beau Gustafson

Shrimp Pad Thai

This national dish of Thailand is surprisingly easy to make, and our version uses easy-to-find ingredients. For a bit more authenticity, swap in wide rice stick noodles, also called banh pho, for the spaghetti. You can find them in any Asian market or on the Asian aisle of many supermarkets, and as a bonus they cook more quickly too.

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Lowcountry Shrimp Pilaf

Randy Mayor

Lowcountry Shrimp Pilaf

Instant rice turns this classic South Carolina dish into a 10-minute, one-pot recipe. Serve with a green salad and your favorite Southern sides―field peas, cornbread, and collard greens are all good choices.

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Thai Shrimp Salad with Spicy-Sour Dressing

Lee Harrelson

Thai Shrimp Salad with Spicy-Sour Dressing

Tossing the shrimp in with the pasta for the last three minutes of cooking is an ingenious way to cook the shrimp perfectly without any extra effort or dirty dishes. To make the recipe even simpler, substitute bagged Asian slaw or other salad mix for the vegetables and herbs. The huge flavors in the dressing can stand up to anything.

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Shrimp with Lemon-Saffron Rice Recipe

Photo: Johnny Autry

Shrimp with Lemon-Saffron Rice

This recipe combines all the flavors of a traditional paella in a weeknight-friendly dish. For the best sustainable choice, look for U.S. Pacific or West Coast white shrimp farmed in recirculating systems or inland ponds.

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Bombay Shrimp Curry with Coconut Rice Recipe

Photo: John Autry

Bombay Shrimp Curry with Coconut Rice

This recipe brings a bit of cultural flair to the table in minutes. Buy U.S. or Canadian wild-caught or farmed shrimp for the best sustainable option.

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Shrimp and Orzo with Cherry Tomatoes and Romano Cheese

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Shrimp and Orzo with Cherry Tomatoes and Romano Cheese

Cheese and seafood are not normally combined, but rules are made to be broken: The salty Romano elevates this recipe with its complex flavor. The simple preparation creates big taste from ingredients you're likely to have on hand anytime. Don't forget the fresh basil at the end; it's an indispensable addition.

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Spicy Mustard Shrimp

Randy Mayor

Spicy Mustard Shrimp

This recipe delivers on its title: shrimp sautéed with mustard and hot sauce. Mango and cilantro give a little moderation to those potent flavors for a complete dish, ready in under five minutes and with less than 200 calories a serving. Pair with pasta or rice and just about any vegetable for an easy meal.

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Greek-Style Scampi

Howard L. Puckett

Greek-Style Scampi

A can of basil, garlic, and oregano-flavored tomatoes makes this pasta dish laughably easy, but the home-cooked touches―adding bell pepper, extra garlic, and a topping of tangy feta―give it wonderful flavor. This versatile preparation works just as well with pieces of chicken, pork, or tofu as it does with shrimp.

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Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Pesto

Lee Harrelson

Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Pesto

Dense and hearty potato-based gnocchi are a filling partner for light-flavored shrimp. Any fresh green vegetable, from green beans to broccoli, can substitute for the asparagus, and though nothing beats fresh pesto, you can use the bottled stuff to save time in this already-fast recipe.

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Spicy Shrimp and Rice Soup

Randy Mayor

Spicy Shrimp and Rice Soup

Shrimp is delicious cooked pretty much any way―baked, fried, sautéed, boiled; with pasta, rice, in salad, or in soup. This dish gives a simple hearty shrimp-and-rice base which each diner can customize. Serve the lime, sprouts, green onion, cilantro, and jalapeño on a platter so your family or guests can choose what they want to put in their bowl.

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Black Bean, Corn, and Shrimp Salad

Randy Mayor

Black Bean, Corn, and Shrimp Salad

This is a full meal that cooks in less than five minutes, plus it has less than 400 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat per serving. Frozen corn, bottled salsa, and fresh cilantro provide summery flavor any time of year, but if it’s summertime, use fresh corn and homemade salsa to raise this up another level.

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Creamy Cajun Shrimp Linguine

Lee Harrelson

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Linguine

Here’s another dish that takes only as long to cook as the pasta does. The simple mushroom cream sauce is easy but indulgently delicious, and small adjustments to it can create a whole new dish. Try replacing the spicy Cajun seasoning with an Italian herb bland for something more like pasta primavera, or use a lemon pepper spice blend for Spanish Mediterranean flavor.

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Tropical Chopped Salad with Shrimp

Randy Mayor

Tropical Chopped Salad with Shrimp

If you buy precooked shrimp from the grocery store, this is a completely no-cook recipe. The flavors of mango, cucumber, and tomato combine with rice vinegar to create a healthy and tasty dressing, while a topping of avocado and cashews adds creaminess and crunch. Other tropical fruits, like papaya, guava, starfruit, and even banana, would be welcome here.

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Spanish-Style Shrimp with Garlic

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Spanish-Style Shrimp with Garlic

It may not be as well-known as Italian or French, but Spanish cuisine has a way with seafood. Simple preparations like this one add excellent flavors, but still allow the natural essence of the main ingredient to shine through. Use the best, freshest shrimp you can and enjoy its subtle sweetness in this dish. Serve with bread for a simple weeknight dinner, or make it part of a tapas party for a group.

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Shrimp Arrabbiata

Randy Mayor

Shrimp Arrabbiata

This spicy tomato sauce’s name is Italian for “angry,” but the delicious dish is so easy, it’ll put a smile on your face any night of the week. If you like to mix things up, try it with a short pasta like farfalle or penne instead of linguine, and if you’re a real shellfish lover, try our just-as-easy Shrimp and Scallop Arrabbiata recipe.

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Chile-Garlic Shrimp

Randy Mayor

Chile-Garlic Shrimp

Lemon and seafood are a natural pair, but this dish brings the combination to the fore by sautéing lemon slices with the shrimp for cooked-in citrus flavor. Crushed red pepper provides a bit of spice, but if you like it hotter, chop and add some fresh or dried chili pepper―poblano, Serrano, or your own favorite.

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Shrimp Fried Rice

Randy Mayor

Shrimp Fried Rice

Our recipe has just 392 calories and 1.1 grams of saturated fat per serving but all the deliciousness of the greasy take-out favorite. And to top it all off, you can have it on the table in about 20 minutes―faster than delivery. Serve with any kind of sautéed vegetable―bok choy, broccoli, or Napa cabbage are good bets.

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Seviche-Style Shrimp and Avocado Tacos

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Seviche-Style Shrimp and Avocado Tacos

Seviche traditionally “cooks” raw seafood with a long soak in citrus marinade, but our version cuts the time and effort by using precooked shrimp. The sharp lime flavor suffuses all the ingredients without overpowering the sweet tomato and creamy avocado. Try this recipe with cooked scallops, crab, or fish.

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Lemon Basil Shrimp and Pasta

Randy Mayor

Lemon Basil Shrimp and Pasta

This easy dish can form the basis of dozens of dinners because it’s so adaptable. Add some chopped fresh or sun-dried tomato for Mediterranean flair, or use arugula in addition to spinach for a more complex flavor. The simple olive oil-and-lemon dressing, along with the briny and piquant capers will match whatever you throw at them.

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Tomatillo Shrimp Fajitas

Randy Mayor

Tomatillo Shrimp Fajitas

Green salsa, or salsa verde, is based on tomatillos, a slightly tarter cousin of tomatoes popular in Mexican cooking. The green salsa, along with garlic and coriander, gives these fajitas authentic flavor. Quick tip for extra-tasty tortillas: Toast in a dry pan over medium-high heat for 30-60 seconds per side or until slightly browned.

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Mango and Shrimp Salad

Randy Mayor

Mango and Shrimp Salad

Mango goes well with any kind of protein for more reason than just its taste: It contains an enzyme that tenderizes meat. Mango’s sweet-sour flavor combines well with lemon, tomato, and spicy flavors in this salad, served up for fun wrapped in lettuce leaves. To make this dish more substantial, add cooked rice―you can still serve as a lettuce wrap.

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Spicy Shrimp and Grits Recipes

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Spicy Shrimp and Grits

A Low Country classic has a spicy transformation in this delectable dish. Flavors from sweet grape tomatoes and savory bacon are awoken with either a hit of hot pepper sauce or a bit of chopped chipotle peppers; the choice is up to you. Whichever spicy-route you take, be prepared to be savoring the flavors of the coastal South in no time.

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Black Pepper Caramel Shrimp

Photo: Brian Woodcock

Black Pepper Caramel Shrimp

To make this recipe a sustainable choice, buy Pacific white shrimp farmed in fully recirculating systems or inland ponds. For a milder dish, use only 1 teaspoon black pepper.

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Shrimp Fettuccine with Spinach and Parmesan

Photo: Johnny Autry

Shrimp Fettuccine with Spinach and Parmesan

You can also use penne, linguine, or any other pasta shape your family prefers to create this simple, savory dish.

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Spicy Shrimp Sliders with Celery Mayonnaise

Photo: Johnny Autry

Spicy Shrimp Sliders with Celery Mayonnaise

If you prefer a milder sandwich, omit the ground red pepper.

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Shrimp and Broccoli Scampi

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr 

Shrimp and Broccoli Scampi

Pan seared shrimp and broccoli come together in this favored pasta dish. Ready in just 20 minutes, you have time to enjoy this scampi even on your busiest days. 

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