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30 Best Shrimp Recipes

shrimp fajitas in a cast iron skillet with cilantro and bell peppers

From classic recipes like a perfect shrimp cocktail and a cheesy, bay shrimp melt to modern favorites like bang bang shrimp pasta, we’ve rounded up the 30 best shrimp recipes ever.

The 30 Best Shrimp Recipes, Ever

Quick, convenient and always a bit of a treat, shrimp is one of our favorite ingredients. And these shrimp recipes—the best of the internet, as far as we’re concerned—really showcase how fantastic everyone’s favorite little pink crustacean can be. You can keep a bag of shrimp on hand in the freezer and know that you’ve always got a quick and delicious dinner at your fingertips. If you feel intimidated when shopping for shrimp—because of questions about sustainability, buying fresh or frozen, or just because there are so many different types and sizes—not to worry! This post has some great tips about how to shop for shrimp. Whether you’re wondering ‘what can I make with a bag of frozen cooked shrimp?’ or ‘is there such a thing as a dinner that’s fast and fancy?’ or even just ‘can I eat shrimp cocktail for dinner?’, we’ve rounded up 30 easy shrimp recipes that will surely answer your question. But, for what it’s worth, we say a resounding YES, yes you can eat shrimp cocktail for dinner.

Without further ado, we give you the very best shrimp recipes:

Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry in a an with a wooden spoon
Whole30 approved shrimp and sausage sheet pan dinner with asparagus

5 Ridiculously Easy Shrimp Recipes

  • Garlic Shrimp Stir-Fry. Cooking shrimp in a stir-fry is a natural fit for these juicy little crustaceans. Sautéed quickly over high heat, with a flavorful sauce and some veggies, this recipe is all but guaranteed to produce perfect shrimp every time.

  • Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner. Big, juicy shrimp, sausage and asparagus are sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning, roasted on a sheet pan and served with a lemony aioli. YUM!

  • Honey Garlic Shrimp. Done in just 20 minutes, this speedy stir-fried honey and garlic shrimp is just absolutely delicious!

  • Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil. All the flavors and ingredients that make a seafood boil so good—hello, Old Bay!—cooked on a sheet pan to make life just a little easier.

  • Garlic grilled shrimp skewers. After a 30-minute marinade—shrimp don't need much time!—in a garlic-herb dressing, jumbo shrimp cook quickly on the grill, making for a fresh, light dinner that just screams summer.

shrimp cocktail sauce with shrimp over ice on a black plate
cream cheese shrimp dip on a platter with triskets and celery

Why People Go To Parties: Shrimp Appetizers

  • Shrimp Cocktail. The one and only! Shrimp cocktail is the ultimate luxurious appetizer and THIS is the ultimate shrimp cocktail recipe—just add Champagne!

  • Cream Cheese Shrimp Dip. Cream cheese, cocktail sauce, bay shrimp and crackers. Our retro cream cheese shrimp dip is an old-school classic that’s primed for a comeback.

  • Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Bourbon Glaze. Extra jumbo shrimp, wrapped in bacon and baked to perfection, the only problem with this shrimp recipe is how fast they'll disappear.

  • Shrimp Ceviche. Even though this is called "ceviche" this shrimp recipe calls for cooking the shrimp first before tossing it with a super-refreshing lime juice dressing. YUM.

  • Shrimp Dip. Old-fashioned and perfect, this creamy shrimp dip recipe reminds us of something Grandma would serve at the holidays.

bang bang shrimp pasta in a dish with green onions and limes
shrimp scampi on a blue ceramic plate topped with fresh parsley

The 5 Greatest Shrimp Pasta Recipes, Ever.

  • Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta. Whether you’re a bang bang shrimp fan, or just on the hunt for a yummy, creamy seafood pasta with a little kick, this bang bang shrimp pasta promises to hit the spot.

  • Shrimp Scampi. Our super easy shrimp scampi recipe is basically wine+butter+olive oil+a LOT of garlic+shrimp=happy. Because shrimp makes everyone happy, and shrimp scampi makes everyone the happiest. It’s nostalgic, classic, and delicious over pasta.

  • Easy Shrimp Alfredo. Is there anything that seafood alfredo can't do? It comforts, it's a little romantic, and it pleases just about any palate.

  • Creamy Shrimp Pasta with Corn and Tomatoes. Corn, tomatoes and garlic brighten up this yummy shrimp pasta recipe, making for a summery dish we'd gladly eat on repeat.

  • Cajun Shrimp Pasta. Butter, cream, parm and a good dose of Cajun seasoning for a glorious kick, this creamy shrimp pasta recipe is a quick weeknight treat.

sweet coconut shrimp on a platter dipping into sweet and spicy sauce
shrimp fajitas in a cast iron skillet with cilantro, limes and bell peppers

5 Super Healthy Shrimp Recipes

  • Baked Coconut Shrimp. Crispy, crunchy, sweet-and-savory, absolutely addictive—this easy, healthy shrimp recipe is a keeper for sure. And a chili-honey dipping sauce pushes the whole thing into genius territory.
  • Shrimp Fajitas. A little taco seasoning and a spritz of fresh lime juice—these succulent skillet shrimp fajitas bring those beachy vibes right to your dinner table.
  • Mediterranean Shrimp. We love this summery shrimp recipe! Cooked with olives, artichokes and feta cheese, it's so savory and satisfying.
  • Moroccan Sweet and Spicy Shrimp. Just about every spice you can think of flavors these yummy, simple pan-fried shrimp. We'd eat these right out of the pan, but they'd make a great shrimp salad, too.
  • Garlic Butter Shrimp with Asparagus. Low-carb, gluten-free, Whole30 and paleo-friendly, this easy shrimp recipe is not to be missed.
honey garlic shrimp lettuce cups with sticky sweet marinated shrimp asian cabbage slaw in butter lettuce
Chimichurri Shrimp With Creamy Polenta in a bowl

Pan-Fried Shrimp Recipes

  • Sticky Shrimp Lettuce Wraps. Coated in a sticky sauce of honey, garlic, chili sauce and fresh ginger, these succulent shrimp lettuce wraps are a speedy, satisfying supper.

  • Chimichurri Shrimp with Creamy Polenta. Chimichurri sauce makes an ideal partner for jumbo shrimp, which are simply sautéed and served over creamy polenta. This Italianate riff on shrimp and grits is more than the sum of its parts.

  • Pan-Seared Citrus Shrimp Recipe. Both lemon and orange juice give this garlicky shrimp recipe plenty of zing! Serve on its own with a big salad for a truly light, healthy meal.

  • Peanut Lime Shrimp Curry. Zesty, creamy and just a bit spicy, this delicious shrimp curry recipe is as easy as it is yummy.

  • Easy Pesto Shrimp. Store-bought pesto, plus shrimp—that's about all there is to this super easy shrimp recipe. Serve over pasta, or even rice!

red curry risotto in a white skillet topped with crispy whole shrimp, fresh cilantro and toasted coconut
four shrimp melts on a sheet pan topped with fresh chives

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