Remember that scene from the movie Forrest Gump when Bubba waxes poetic about all of the many ways to enjoy shrimp, “the fruit of the sea”? Well here they all are, in recipe form: barbecued, fried, boiled, baked, and sautéed; with rice, in gumbo, on a roll, skewered, in soup, tossed with pasta, and in a salad; spiced with flavors from Asian, Mexican, Cajun, and Mediterranean cuisines. Shrimp is our healthy seafood of choice because it tastes so good and cooks so dang fast — which is why these recipes are all easy enough to cook for dinner tonight, even if you have no idea how to cook shrimp.
Restaurant-quality succulent stir-fried shrimp seared in a spicy-sweet marinade with honey, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic, and served with brown rice and sautéd broccoli.
Summery shrimp fettuccine tossed with tomatoes and basil in a buttery-but-light lemon sauce.
30-minute shrimp scampi with plump shrimp, fresh tomatoes, and al dente linguine in a buttery, garlicky, white wine sauce.
Crispy shrimp tacos with red cabbage slaw and a whole lot of zing from the spicy sweet chili sauce.
Easy creamy shrimp fettuccine Alfredo worthy of lighting the candles and uncorking a bottle of Chianti.
Grilled shrimp spiced to perfection with lime juice and chili powder make this leafy green salad so incredible you’ll forget it’s healthy.
These deceptively simple California roll-inspired stacks of cucumber, avocado, crab, and seasoned brown rice topped with a dynamite Sriracha mayo sauce can turn even the clumsiest chef into a sushi master.
- Recipe Girl
Yellow cornmeal gives this spicy Southern comfort food beautiful color, but the shrimp are the real star of what Recipe Girl calls her “creamy, comforting bowl of happy.”
- Foodie Crush
Foodie Crush’s recipe makes it easy to take a culinary trip to Thailand with shrimp drenched in a rich coconut milk and peanut butter sauce.
Next time you’re about to order Chinese takeout, make this simple crispy fried shrimp coated in spicy-sweet sauce from BlogChef instead.
- Damn Delicious
Damn Delicious shows us how to do a down-home shrimp boil at home with no mess and no newspapers.
- The Mediterranean Dish
This irresistible skillet meal from The Mediterranean Dish is a little something different: shrimp and bell peppers in a light and healthy olive oil & citrus sauce seasoned with shallots, smoke paprika, coriander, and a pinch of cayenne.
Shrimp and teriyaki sauce are a match made in heaven — and whipping up a homemade sauce doesn’t get any easier than this recipe from Delish.
- Café Delites
Classic creamy Tuscan chicken gets a seafood lover’s makeover in this recipe from Café Delites.
- Gimme Some Oven
Crisp-tender breaded shrimp in 20 minutes with zero frying? Gimme Some Oven’s baked shrimp gives fried shrimp a run for it’s money.
- No. 2 Pencil
Here’s how No. 2 Pencil does easy shrimp fajitas: toss lots and lots of shrimp in a sheet pan with plenty of fajita seasoning, a squeeze of lime, and a stack of warm tortillas — 20 minutes later you’ve got dinner.
- Two Sisters Kitchen
Or if burritos are more your speed, Two Sisters Kitchen makes theirs into healthy tortilla-less bowls filled with Chipotle-inspired cilantro rice, spicy shrimp, and black bean corn salsa.
- The Blond Cook
We usually think summer when we think shrimp, but here’s a homemade shrimp soup from The Blond Cook that’s hearty enough for cold winter days, and ready from scratch in less than an hour.
- Jessica Gavin
Don’t be intimidated by Vietnamese rice papers — they’re so easy to work with, these salad rolls from Jessica Gavin pretty much roll themselves up.
- Averie Cooks
Raise your hand if you always order the shrimp fried rice. Averie Cooks will show you how to make a non-greasy version at home in 20 minutes with one skillet.
- Closet Cooking
Summer entertaining for Closet Cooking means Jamaican jerk shrimp kabobs skewered with caramelized grilled pineapple chunks.
- The Recipe Critic
Easy-peasy one-pot shrimp linguine with the classic flavors of butter, lemon, garlic, and Parmesan from The Recipe Critic.
Easy Coconut ShrimpSally's Baking Addiction
This coconut-crusted shrimp recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction makes for easy finger food that you can’t stop eating.
- My Kitchen Craze
My Kitchen Craze presents classic shrimp gumbo with sausage and rice, only much, much quicker.
- The Frugal Girl
Never had a shrimp burger let alone made one yourself? The Frugal Girl’s easy recipe is the perfect place to start.