Are there seafood lovers out there who don’t love shrimp? If there are, we’ve not met them!
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Whether you call them shrimp or prawns, the fact is, this little sea creature is a delectable and beloved seafood entrée or appetizer.
You can buy fresh shrimp at the seafood market (or grocery store), or you can keep some frozen shrimp handy in the freezer. However you get your shrimp, you can use them in these delicious shrimp meals.
Whether you’re craving a classic shrimp cocktail, buttery shrimp scampi, or a new favorite such as Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta, we’ve got you covered with this comprehensive list of shrimp recipes.
From spicy shrimp recipes to easy and quick shrimp recipes, there is something on this list of tasty shrimp recipes for anyone who loves seafood.
Are you ready to explore some of the best shrimp recipes for dinner or appetizers? Let’s dive into this list of shrimp recipe ideas!
No list of good shrimp recipes would be complete without a delicious recipe for lemon butter and garlic shrimp.
It seems like garlic, butter, and lemon were all born to be prepared with shrimp and we love this recipe.
This lemon garlic butter shrimp recipe needs very little extra seasoning because it contains four cloves of garlic.
To make this recipe, you need cooked cannellini beans, yellow onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and fresh lemon juice.
Chopped rosemary adds lots of flavor, and the garlic croutons are homemade from a baguette.
There’s nothing quite like sizzling shrimp, and this citrus shrimp is a dish that’s inspired by Spanish shrimp recipes.
This recipe gets its kick from fresh lemon juice, and dry white wine adds a lot of flavor, too.
Mexican food isn’t just about tacos, burritos, and enchiladas.
Mexico is a land that’s surrounded in large part by the sea, so seafood is extremely popular in some parts of the country.
Shrimp fajitas are an excellent lighter version of fajitas.
Serve your shrimp fajitas with guacamole (or sliced avocado), pico de gallo, tortillas, shredded cheddar cheese, and salsa.
If you’re a fan of bang bang shrimp, you’re going to fall in love with this creamy shrimp pasta recipe.
Bang bang sauce is made with Thai sweet chili sauce, mayonnaise, garlic, fresh lime juice, sriracha sauce, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
This is a baked shrimp recipe, and the pasta portion calls for garlic, smoked paprika, and fresh parsley flakes.
When you need a quick shrimp appetizer, this cream cheese shrimp dip recipe will come to the rescue.
Besides being a quick and easy shrimp recipe, this shrimp dip is quite addictive, too.
You can make this shrimp dip with cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese. The only other ingredients you need are cocktail sauce, shrimp, and crackers or chips for serving.
Shrimp is one of the best foods to use in stir fry recipes because it cooks very quickly.
This recipe makes an easy meal and it’s packed with tons of delicious and nutritious veggies, including red bell pepper, carrots, broccoli florets, sliced green onions (scallions), and sugar snap peas.
The flavor comes from brown sugar, chicken broth, and sesame oil.
How does paella infused with saffron sound to you?
This seafood paella recipe has plump and juicy shrimp, clams, and mussels. However, you can make it with just shrimp if you like.
Veggies are red bell pepper, yellow onion, green peas, and fire-roasted diced tomatoes.
Thai cuisine is hugely popular all over the world, and seafood plays a big role in the country’s food.
Another important food in Thai recipes is peanuts (and peanut butter), and this dish combines the best of both peanuts and shrimp.
Thai red curry paste gives this shrimp recipe tons of flavor, and coconut milk makes it creamy.
We love Mediterranean flavors, and this garlic Mediterranean shrimp is delicious.
Seasoned with smoked paprika, coriander, and cayenne pepper, Mediterranean shrimp is loaded with goodness.
With garlic, red onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and diced tomatoes, this shrimp dish is full of delicious veggies.
Serve this shrimp dish over brown rice, basmati rice, or pasta.
11. Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp scampi is a beloved garlic butter shrimp dinner that is popular with nearly everyone.
You can make garlic butter shrimp scampi as a light lunch or dinner, and you can also serve it as an appetizer.
We love shrimp scampi over linguini pasta or zoodles (zucchini noodles).
Serve your shrimp scampi with garlic bread and a green salad for a full meal.
One thing we love to do with shrimp is wrap it in bacon and cook it in the oven.
Because we love bacon, when we found this unique recipe for bourbon brown sugar glazed shrimp wrapped in bacon, we were excited.
You don’t need a lot of bourbon for this recipe, but you also need smoked paprika, butter, and black pepper.
We absolutely love a sheet pan dinner. Sheet pan dinners are usually quite healthy, and they make for easy kitchen clean-up because they’re made on one sheet pan or cookie sheet.
This recipe has the same ingredients that you enjoy in an Old Bay Seasoning shrimp boil. With potatoes, corn, andouille sausage, and shrimp, there’s something for everyone.
Loads of flavor comes from the lemon wedges, garlic, and Old Bay Seasoning.
When you want a shrimp dish that goes great with pasta, you can’t go wrong with quick and easy pesto shrimp.
You can use homemade pesto or a store-bought version, and both are delicious.
Red pepper flakes add a nice kick to this dish, and you can choose whichever type of mushrooms you like.
The flavors of Morocco come together to bring you one of our favorite healthy shrimp recipes.
The seasoning for this recipe comes from tons of spices, including smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, ground ginger, and cayenne pepper.
Fresh lemon juice adds a burst of flavor to this shrimp dish, and garlic makes it absolutely perfect.
One of our favorite shrimp dinner ideas is shrimp Alfredo.
This shrimp Alfredo recipe calls for just a few ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge and pantry.
To make shrimp Alfredo, you need garlic, butter, heavy cream, grated parmesan cheese, and fettucini noodles.
Add sea salt and black pepper to taste, then garnish your shrimp Alfredo with chopped fresh parsley.
17. Shrimp Ceviche
A shrimp ceviche recipe calls for shrimp to be marinated with red onions, cucumber, avocado, cilantro, and diced jalapeno pepper.
Shrimp ceviche is an excellent dinner entrée.
For this recipe, you also need fresh lime juice, fresh lemon juice, and fresh orange juice.
When you have juicy shrimp that’s coated with a sweet and savory garlic glaze, what’s not to love?
To make honey garlic shrimp, you need honey, soy sauce (or coconut aminos), garlic, fresh ginger, crushed red pepper, olive oil, green onion, and chopped cilantro.
You can serve honey garlic shrimp over rice or with an avocado salad.
What happens when you create a fusion of Thai and Italian cuisines? Magic happens.
This recipe for red curry seafood risotto is made with creamy arborio rice and Thai spices, along with scallops and Thai basil.
The flavor comes from ginger, garlic, Thai chile, coconut milk, and red curry paste.
Butter, lemon, and garlic come together again to create the perfect shrimp dish.
This is a sheet pan dinner that is so easy and delicious.
With plump, tasty shrimp and crisp green asparagus, this shrimp meal satisfies on so many levels.
Serve this garlic shrimp with brown rice or whole-wheat pasta for a nutritious meal.
For a fresh and filling summer pasta dish, try this creamy shrimp pasta that’s loaded with corn, fresh spinach, and cherry tomatoes.
Fresh basil makes this pasta recipe perfect, and the creamy noodles go perfectly with the garlic shrimp and veggies.
To make this recipe, we recommend grilling your corn on the cob, then cutting the kernels off the corn.
22. Shrimp Dip
No list of shrimp dishes would be complete without a classic shrimp dip recipe.
This shrimp dip recipe calls for fresh chives, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, grated onion, mayonnaise, cream cheese, and Heinz chili sauce.
To make this shrimp dip, you can use salad shrimp or other small shrimp, including canned shrimp.
When it comes to healthy shrimp recipes, you can’t beat a sheet pan shrimp boil.
Traditionally, this recipe calls for smoked sausage, and you can easily use turkey sausage or chicken sausage for this shrimp recipe.
Old Bay Seasoning adds flavor to yet another recipe on our list, and this one is super unique.
A shrimp melt is similar to a tuna melt, but of course, it uses shrimp.
One of the most popular shrimp ideas we’ve seen in recent years is lettuce wraps.
This recipe is for sticky shrimp that is wrapped in crispy green lettuce leaves. A shrimp roll is a great way to use leftover shrimp.
The stickiness of these shrimp comes from yummy brown sugar, but Thai chili peppers add plenty of spice.
One of the most popular restaurant shrimp dishes in recent years is Cajun shrimp pasta.
This New Orleans, Louisiana classic is loaded with plump shrimp and coated in delicious and spicy Cajun seasoning.
Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and heavy cream make this Cajun shrimp pasta recipe super creamy.
If you’re looking for simple shrimp recipes, these yummy garlic grilled shrimp skewers will fit the bill.
The shrimp is marinated in fresh lemon juice, garlic, and herbs, then threaded onto skewers. Then, you just grill them until they’re perfect.
To make these grilled shrimp skewers, you need garlic (or garlic powder), Italian seasoning, fresh lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, and chopped parsley. Serve your grilled shrimp with lemon wedges.
We love that we can include two different shrimp taco recipes on this list of cooked shrimp recipes.
These delicious shrimp tacos are full of great flavor, from Old Bay Seasoning to chipotle peppers covered with adobo sauce.
Honey adds some excellent flavor.
We love chimichurri sauce, and this delicious shrimp dish with polenta is so savory and creamy.
This recipe calls for fresh cilantro, fresh parsley, chopped jalapeno pepper, red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lime juice, fresh lemon juice, and corn.
A favorite jumbo shrimp recipe is coconut shrimp for dinner, either fried or baked.
This recipe for baked coconut shrimp has a fraction of the calories and fat of fried coconut shrimp, and it’s absolutely delicious.
To make baked coconut shrimp, you need jumbo shrimp, shredded sweetened coconut, bread crumbs (or panko crumbs), flour (or gluten free flour), and an egg.
For the spicy and sweet dipping sauce, you need rice wine vinegar, apricot preserves, and crushed red pepper flake.
31. Shrimp Cocktail
A list of easy shrimp recipes would be incomplete without a classic shrimp cocktail recipe.
To make a shrimp cocktail, you can boil your shrimp, steam it, or make oven-baked shrimp.
Be sure to serve it with a zesty cocktail sauce. You can buy store-bought cocktail sauce or make homemade cocktail sauce.
Do you want to learn how to cook shrimp scamp in under 10 minutes? Check out this Gordon Ramsay video on how to make one of our favorite shrimp dinner recipes.