Time is one of the most precious commodities in a busy week, but eating a healthy dinner is also important. To avoid running to your delivery app of choice or picking up another bag of greasy fast food on the way home from work, you need to have a few quick cooking recipes in your back pocket. If you have some shrimp in the freezer and these quick shrimp recipes, you’re only 15 minutes away from a healthy meal.
Shrimp, the most popular seafood in the US, can be stored in the freezer and thawed in the refrigerator the night before or in minutes under cold water to create a quick weeknight meal the whole family will love. Add some spices, some vegetables or pasta and you can have dinner on the table in minutes. These quick shrimp recipes prove that a healthy restaurant-quality dinner at home is never far away. Plus, don’t miss 25 Cozy Instant Pot Recipes Perfect for Weight Loss.
Low Calorie Shrimp Jambalaya
This classic jambalaya recipe is full of flavor and perfect for those trying to eat less carbs. The recipe calls for cooking your rice on the stove, but if you want to save time and cook this in less than 15 minutes, go ahead and pop your rice in an Instant Pot.
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Shrimp Chipotle Quesadilla
Shrimp and cheese go together perfectly, and this simple quesadilla recipe is the perfect way to enjoy that combination. It takes a few extra minutes to marinate your shrimp ahead of time, but once your ingredients are ready, the cooking time will be about 15 minutes.
Find our Shrimp Quesadilla recipe.
Easy Shrimp Pad Thai
Pad Thai is delicious, but many home recipes are time-consuming and use tons of ingredients. This recipe from Feasting At Home is much simpler and will only take you about 15 minutes or so to cook.
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Garlic prawns in lemon butter sauce
If you’re a shrimp lover, then you know how delicious it can be when eaten with a light, buttery sauce. This garlic butter shrimp recipe is perfect for garlic and shellfish lovers.
Get the recipe from the Little Spice Jar.
Spanish garlic shrimp
This dish is an homage to gambas al ajillo, a simple but genius combination of shrimp slow-cooked in olive oil infused with lots of garlic, smoky paprika and a hint of heat. Add a side of roasted vegetables and some crusty bread and dinner is served.
Find our recipe for Spanish Garlic Shrimp.
Cauliflower grits with blackened shrimp
When you’re cutting back on calories and carbs by using cauliflower, you can add back flavor in the form of a touch of real butter and parmesan cheese to these “trims.” Cajun-seasoned shrimp add the perfect touch of spiciness when served over the creamy mocktails.
Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.
Crispy Coconut Prawns
Panko and coconut combine in an irresistible coating for the shrimp. Serve these crispy, fried shrimp with cumin-spiced black beans and asparagus for a complete meal. You can also use the coating on chicken pieces if you have family or friends who aren’t fans of shrimp.
Find our recipe for Crispy Coconut Shrimp.
Honey Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry
Skip the takeout and throw together this garlicky, sweet and savory stir-fry in minutes. Add any vegetable you like and serve over fluffy rice for a complete dish.
Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom.
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Store-bought coleslaw mix is key to cutting down on prep for these easy, spicy shrimp tacos. You can create your own spice blend or cheat and use your favorite spice packet.
Get the recipe from Show Me the Yummy.
15-Minute Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry
Soy sauce, sambal oelek, rice vinegar, tomato paste and sugar – although you can also use honey – are the keys to unlocking the deep flavor in minutes. Don’t miss the sambal oelek, an Indonesian chili paste. once you add it to a stir fry you’ll never go back.
Get the recipe from I am a food blog.
Fra Diavolo Low Calorie Prawns
Three simple pantry ingredients—crushed tomatoes, white wine, and a pinch of red pepper flakes—create the base of this Little Italy favorite.
Find our Fra Diavolo Low Calorie Shrimp Recipe.
Easy Noodles with Garlic Shrimp 15 Minute Scampi Chow Fun
It only takes 6 ingredients and a few minutes to make this delicious shrimp noodle dish. The secret is to add 1/4 cup of the starchy pasta cooking water when you add the soy sauce to the sautéed ingredients to make a delicious sauce.
Get the recipe from I am a food blog.
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Southern style shrimp and grits
A true Southerner might accuse you of using pressure cooker, but you don’t have to say it. The rest of the ingredients—turkey kielbasa, shrimp, mushrooms, and onions—come together in minutes on the stove.
Find our recipe for Southern Style Shrimp and Grits.
Instant Pot Shrimp and Broccoli
Pull-out-worthy shrimp and broccoli don’t take long, but if you have an Instant Pot it’s done in the blink of an eye. Additionally, the flavors of soy sauce, minced garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, brown sugar, and rice wine vinegar will better infuse the shrimp and vegetables.
Find our Instant Pot Shrimp and Broccoli recipe.
The best shrimp roll ever
You can quickly boil some shrimp and drop them into an ice bath, or buy pre-cooked cold shrimp and then top them with celery, onion, chives, mayonnaise, lemon juice, hot sauce, and salt. Pile everything on a toasted hot dog roll and enjoy with your favorite light beer.
Find our recipe for the best shrimp roll.
Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
The trick to getting the best coating on these air fried shrimp is to toast the coconut before coating the shrimp. Serve this with vegetables and rice for a complete meal.
Find our recipe for Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp.
Flexible summer rolls with shrimp and mango
These healthy rolls wrapped in rice paper are filled with shrimp, super thin rice noodles, crunchy vegetables and mango. Serve as a light lunch or dinner with a glass of sauvignon blanc on the side.
Find our recipe for summer rolls with shrimp and mango.
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Low Calorie Shrimp Lo Mein
The best thing about making your own lo mein is that you can pack it with as many vegetables as you like. This will reduce the calories and increase the fiber level. Plus, garlic, ginger, oyster sauce and soy sauce ensure you don’t sacrifice any flavor.
Find our recipe for Low Calorie Shrimp Lo Mein.
Shrimp Scampi with Linguine Pasta
Once you find the perfect shrimp scampi recipe, you’ll never pay restaurant prices for such a quick and easy meal again. This goes well with the butter and olive oil and maximizes the garlic and lemon flavor that this classic dish is known for. Throw in some broccoli, which goes great with the lemon-butter flavor, for a little extra fiber
Find our recipe for Shrimp Scampi with Linguine Pasta.
Healthy shrimp and spinach salad with hot bacon
If you love a good diner spinach salad with warm bacon dressing, then this is the recipe for you. We cut calories by maximizing the flavor in the dressing without overdoing it with oil or bacon fat. But you still get the crispy bacon and chopped hard-boiled eggs that the salad is known for, plus the shrimp add hearty protein.
Find our recipe for healthy shrimp and spinach salad with warm bacon.
As you can see, it’s easy to make this low-fat, high-protein shellfish part of your weekly rotation. Be sure to take advantage of frozen shrimp sales and stock up. A quick dip under cold water is all it takes to make the shrimp the star of any night. You can enjoy these recipes on your own or make them for the whole family.
An original version of this article was published in August 2022. It has been updated to include more entries.