Delicious Shrimp Recipes for Seafood Lovers

Seafood can be simple, satisfying, and healthy, and doesn’t have to be something home cooks shy away from in the kitchen. Shrimp is an especially good dinner option, as it is the seafood that is arguably the most collectively enjoyed, and shrimp dishes can be as sophisticated or simple as you and your dinner guests like.

Here are seven recipes that make shrimp shine. Some of these fishy formulas are more difficult than others, but they’re all delicious and something you should considering serving to your family.

1. Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp cocktail

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Here’s an easy shrimp cocktail recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe that consumers of all ages will like. The seafood taste is mild and the cocktail sauce is well-spiced and pungent. Serve this shrimp cocktail as an appetizer or light dinner, and you won’t be sorry. It’s easy to prepare and even easier to eat. This is fun finger food your family will feast on.

Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds deveined, shell-on jumbo shrimp
  • 2½ tablespoons salt
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • 8 (2-inch) strips lemon peel plus ¼ cup juice, from 2 lemons
  • 8 cups ice
Sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Head to Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for the full recipe.

2. Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Bake

Pasta Bake, noodle, casserole

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Next up is a meat-free dish from Damn Delicious you should serve on Meatless Mondays. This shrimp alfredo pasta bake tastes decadent and delicious, but is also relatively easy on the waistline thanks to its lightened-up alfredo sauce. The pasta incorporates shrimp and two types of cheeses, and the sauce enlists evaporated milk and light cream cheese in the mix. Preheat your oven and see how well this pasta bake can appease even your staunchest meat lovers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 can 2% evaporated milk
  • 1 ounce light cream cheese
  • ¼ cup chicken broth, or more, to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Head to Damn Delicious for the full recipe. 

3. Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits

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Ready for an indulgent recipe straight from the South? Hunker down in your kitchen this weekend and whip up shrimp and grits with a foolproof recipe from Saveur. This dinner option isn’t exactly healthy, but it’s good for your soul, and it’ll teach you kids how to eat their shrimp and like it, too. Fast. Get your grits while they’re hot!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white or yellow stone-ground grits
  • ¾ cup grated cheddar
  • ¼ cup parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus 4 lemon wedges
  • ½ teaspoons hot sauce, preferably Tabasco
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced

Head to Saveur for the full recipe.

4. Shrimp and Vegetable Soup

Soup, stew, shrimp gumbo

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Or, if you’re short on time, try this shrimp and vegetable soup from Real Simple. Enlisting shrimp, veggies, clam juice, and seasonings of your choice, this soup is simple, soul-satisfying, and nutritious. Serve it with a hunk of crusty bread, and you can’t go wrong.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped, plus fronds for serving
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • kosher salt and black pepper

Head to Real Simple for the full recipe.

5. Shrimp Scampi with Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, and Herbs

Shrimp scampi, garlic

Buttery shrimp scampi | iStock.com

And we can’t forget about the always adored dish: shrimp scampi. You may think you can only enjoy the delicious dinner in restaurants, but you can also perfect the dish at home, too. This recipe from Serious Eats shows you how. With only 25 minutes of active cooking time, there’s no reason you can’t give shrimp scampi a go and turn out a fantastically sophisticated dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, split down the back, and veins removed
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup dry vermouth
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces
  • 3 teaspoons fresh juice and 1 teaspoon grated zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons minced parsley, tarragon, and chives

Head to Serious Eats for the full recipe. 

6. Shrimp and Avocado Tacos

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Want more food you can eat with your hands? Try these shrimp and avocado tacos from Cooking Light. Fish has never been more fun. Shrimp pairs perfectly with creamy avocado in these delicious and nutritious tacos, and the classy combination is also complemented by fresh cilantro, tomatoes, and limes. Tortillas are the perfect vehicles for your healthy shrimp.

Ingredients:

  • 3 limes
  • 1 cup chopped seeded tomato
  • 1 cup diced peeled avocado
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound cooked peeled medium shrimp
  • 12 corn tortillas

Head to MyRecipes for the recipe from Cooking Light.

7. Shrimp Salad with Zucchini and Basil

Cutting Zucchini

Cutting zucchini | iStock.com

We have one last healthy shrimp recipe to share with you and that would be for shrimp salad with zucchini and basil. This food formula comes from Epicurious and yields a light yet satisfying salad. Get your protein, vitamins, and nutrients from fish while enjoying your lunch and dinners, too.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 2 zucchini, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 8 cups mixed baby greens
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Head to Epicurious for the full recipe. 

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