Easy, versatile, and quick to cook, shrimp is a high-protein, low-calorie alternative to other meats and fish.
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.
View Recipe: Three-Chile-Dusted Shrimp with Quick Corn Relish
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.
View Recipe: Shrimp Pad Thai
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.
View Recipe: Thai Shrimp Salad with Spicy-Sour Dressing
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.
View Recipe: Shrimp with Lemon-Saffron 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.
View Recipe: Bombay Shrimp Curry with Coconut Rice
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.
View Recipe: Shrimp and Orzo with Cherry Tomatoes and Romano Cheese
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.
View Recipe: Spicy Mustard Shrimp
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.
View Recipe: Greek-Style Scampi
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.
View Recipe: Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Pesto
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.
View Recipe: Spicy Shrimp and Rice Soup
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.
View Recipe: Black Bean, Corn, and Shrimp Salad
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.
View Recipe: Creamy Cajun Shrimp Linguine
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.
View Recipe: Tropical Chopped Salad with Shrimp
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.
View Recipe: Spanish-Style Shrimp with Garlic
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.
View Recipe: Shrimp Arrabbiata
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.
View Recipe: Chile-Garlic Shrimp
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.
View Recipe: Shrimp Fried Rice
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.
View Recipe: Seviche-Style Shrimp and Avocado Tacos
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.
View Recipe: Lemon Basil Shrimp and Pasta
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.
View Recipe: Tomatillo Shrimp Fajitas
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.
View Recipe: Mango and Shrimp Salad
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.
View Recipe: Spicy Shrimp and Grits
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.
View Recipe: Black Pepper Caramel Shrimp
You can also use penne, linguine, or any other pasta shape your family prefers to create this simple, savory dish.
View Recipe: Shrimp Fettuccine with Spinach and Parmesan
If you prefer a milder sandwich, omit the ground red pepper.
View Recipe: Spicy Shrimp Sliders with Celery Mayonnaise