22 succulent shrimp recipes

Love shrimp? You'll adore these fresh and easy weeknight dinners and party pleasers

Salt-and-pepper shrimp

Photo by Dan Goldberg

Salt-and-Pepper Shrimp

A Chinese takeout favorite ― only lighter and quicker when you make it at home. A mere 20 minutes, and you can serve up juicy shrimp flavored by a rainbow of peppercorns.

Recipe: Salt-and-Pepper Shrimp

Lemon-garlic shrimp skewers

Michael Weschler

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Skewers

One of our all-time favorite grilled shrimp recipes, this main dish is sure to please a crowd. Lemon and garlic bring out shrimp's fresh sweetness.

Recipe: Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Skewers

Shrimp with bacon-cheese polenta

Iain Bagwell

Shrimp with Bacon-Cheese Polenta

Bacon adds a smoky depth of flavor to the classic pairing of shrimp and grits. Green onions and halved tomatoes are a fresh complement to cheesy polenta and succulent shrimp.

Recipe: Shrimp with Bacon-Cheese Polenta

Shrimp and chickpea pasta

Annabelle Breakey

Shrimp and Chickpea Pasta 

This one-pan dish combines chickpeas, shrimp, and savory Mediterranean flavors.

Recipe: Shrimp and Chickpea Pasta

Shrimp, Watercress, and Millet Salad

Ian Bagwell

Shrimp, Watercress, and Millet Salad

In the mood for something new? Give millet a shot. The ancient round grain has a nutty flavor that's perfect with crisp spinach and toothsome bay shrimp.

Try this healthful salad as a light lunch or dinner served with some crusty, whole-grain bread.

Recipe: Shrimp, Watercress, and Millet Salad

Mango avocado shrimp salad

Iain Bagwell

Mango Avocado Shrimp Salad

Here's a cool weeknight meal. Few can resist the sweet and creamy combo of shrimp, lime, avocado, and mango. Spiced up with a hint of chile heat, it's a one-bowl, no-cook no-brainer.

Recipe: Mango Avocado Shrimp Salad

Garlicky shrimp-cilantro tacos (Tacos de Camarones al Mojo de Ajo)

James Carrier

Garlicky Shrimp-Cilantro Tacos (Tacos de Camarones al Mojo de Ajo)

Sweet onions and shrimp meet the gentle heat of garlic and chiles in this easy recipe. Be careful, it's addictive.

Recipe: Garlicky Shrimp-Cilantro Tacos

Grilled shrimp with lemon-pesto rice

Scott Peterson

Grilled Shrimp with Lemon-Pesto Rice

Looking for a dinner that tastes like summer? Rice gets some spark from lemon zest and pesto, and the promise of smoky-hot shrimp gives you a reason to fire up the grill.

Prepared pesto makes this dish a snap, but by all means, use homemade if you have it.

Recipe: Grilled Shrimp with Lemon-Pesto Rice

Shrimp, ancho chile, and pasta soup (Sopa seca de Camarones y Fideos)

Annabelle Breakey

Shrimp, Ancho Chile, and Pasta Soup (Sopa seca de Camarones y Fideos)

This warm one-pot meal is a perfect pick-me-up on a cool night. It's technically a "soup," but there's nothing wimpy about a bowl of hearty noodles and juicy shrimp.

Recipe: Shrimp, Ancho Chile, and Pasta Soup (Sopa seca de Camarones y Fideos)

Crispy shrimp with arugula and lemony mayo

James Baigrie

Crispy Shrimp with Arugula and Lemony Mayo

Oven-baked to irresistible golden brown, these shrimp are a surprisingly elegant take on a crowd-pleasing pub classic.

Use them to top a salad, or set them out as a cocktail party finger food. Pair with a crisp white wine, like a Sauvignon Blanc or Semillion blend.

Recipe: Crispy Shrimp with Arugula and Lemony Mayo

Shrimp Pad Thai

Alex Farnum

Shrimp Pad Thai

Put down the phone. Step away from the take-out menu. Yes, you can make Thailand's most famous street food. It's easier than you think.

In 45 minutes and with ingredients you can find at a well-stocked grocery store, put together a noodle dish that's healthier and quicker than takeout. Don't forget the limes; their juice adds the perfect zing.

Recipe: Shrimp Pad Thai

Asparagus and Shrimp Stir-fry on Noodle Pillows

Photo by James Carrier

Asparagus and Shrimp Stir-fry on Noodle Pillows

Savor fresh asparagus in this quick stir-fry that pairs juicy shrimp with crispy noodles.

For guilt-free crispiness, bake the "pillows" ― actually noodle nests ― in the oven while you finish the stiry-fry.

Recipe: Asparagus and Shrimp Stir-fry on Noodle Pillows

Crunchy Shrimp Wontons with Green-onion Dipping Sauce

James Carrier

Crunchy Shrimp Wontons with Green-onion Dipping Sauce

Wrapped in golden-crispy wonton skins, these shrimp pair perfectly with their tangy citrus dipping sauce.

Recipe: Crunchy Shrimp Wontons with Green-onion Dipping Sauce

Ginger-garlic shrimp

Dan Goldberg

Ginger-Garlic Shrimp

The trick to succulent shrimp in this recipe is a simple salt "massage" that cleans the shrimp and makes them crisper.

The secret to great Chinese flavor? Warm ginger and a splash of Shaohsing wine. (Don't be intimidated by the name. You can find it at the grocery store.)

Recipe: Ginger-Garlic Shrimp

Vietnamese shrimp lettuce wraps with spicy lime dipping sauce

Scott Peterson

Vietnamese Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce

Full of fresh, green flavors, these wraps can be a light appetizer or a meal. Just add a crisp-crusted French baguette or steamed rice.

Recipe: Vietnamese Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce

shrimp cocktail sauce

Annabelle Breakey

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Not the jar this time: Pair your shrimp cocktail with a fresh, tomatoey sauce you whip up yourself. Serve it with a pile of cooked and chilled jumbo shrimp for a light and fresh appetizer.

Recipe: Summer Tomato Cocktail Sauce

Spicy Mango Shrimp

James Baigrie

Spicy Mango Shrimp

Sweet and juicy mango mirrors the flavor of perfectly cooked shrimp, while toasted coconut adds crunch.

Basil, soy sauce, and a sprinkling of hot pepper give spice to this 30-minute weeknight dinner.

Recipe: Spicy Mango Shrimp

Sardine Factory Cioppino

James Carrier

Sardine Factory Cioppino

We love this streamlined version of classic cioppino. Tomatoes, white wine, and a satisfying medley of seafood make this hearty stew a great go-to for special entertaining.

Recipe: Sardine Factory Cioppino

Mixed seafood salad (Insalata ai Frutti di Mare)

Lisa Romerein

Mixed Seafood Salad (Insalata ai Frutti di Mare)

Shrimp’s delicate sweetness stands out in this lemony seafood salad; serve it with hunks of crusty bread for dipping into the delicious dressing.

Recipe: Mixed Seafood Salad

Salt-cured Ouzo Shrimp

Salt-cured Ouzo Shrimp

The secret to perfectly grilled shrimp: Rub them with salt and sugar before cooking to seal in juiciness and sweetness. We love them with a two-punch licorice hit of anise seeds and ouzo.

Recipe: Salt-cured Ouzo Shrimp

Shrimp, lemon, and spinach whole-grain pasta salad

Iain Bagwell

Shrimp, Lemon, and Spinach Whole-grain Pasta Salad

We'll confess: We swapped low-fat Greek yogurt for mayo and whole-grain rotini for white flour because we were thinking of our waistlines.

But after we tasted the creamy tang of the yogurt dressing and the hearty bite of the pasta, we didn't want to go back. Spinach is another healthy ingredient in this meal in a bowl.

Recipe: Shrimp, Lemon, and Spinach Whole-grain Pasta Salad

Grilled Corn and Bay Shrimp Risotto

Annabelle Breakey

Grilled Corn and Bay Shrimp Risotto

Sweet bay shrimp meld perfectly with grilled corn and creamy risotto. Serve with a crisp Chardonnay.

Recipe:  Grilled Corn and Bay Shrimp Risotto

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