Here Are 25 Quick & Easy Ways to Cook With Shrimp

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.

  1. 10-Minute Honey Garlic 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.

  2. Shrimp, Tomato & Spinach Pasta

    Summery shrimp fettuccine tossed with tomatoes and basil in a buttery-but-light lemon sauce.

  3. Zippy Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

    30-minute shrimp scampi with plump shrimp, fresh tomatoes, and al dente linguine in a buttery, garlicky, white wine sauce.

  4. Sweet Chili Shrimp Tacos

    Crispy shrimp tacos with red cabbage slaw and a whole lot of zing from the spicy sweet chili sauce.

  5. The Easiest Shrimp Alfredo Pasta

    Easy creamy shrimp fettuccine Alfredo worthy of lighting the candles and uncorking a bottle of Chianti.

  6. Shrimp Avocado Salad

    Grilled shrimp spiced to perfection with lime juice and chili powder make this leafy green salad so incredible you’ll forget it’s healthy.

  7. Five-Star California Roll Stacks

    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.

  8. Cheesy Shrimp & Grits

    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.”

  9. Shrimp in Thai Coconut Sauce

    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.

  10. Mongolian Shrimp

     Next time you’re about to order Chinese takeout, make this simple crispy fried shrimp coated in spicy-sweet sauce from BlogChef instead.

  11. Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

    Damn Delicious shows us how to do a down-home shrimp boil at home with no mess and no newspapers.

  12. Easy Mediterranean Shrimp

    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.

  13. Sesame Teriyaki Shrimp

    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.

  14. Creamy Garlic Butter Tuscan Shrimp

    Classic creamy Tuscan chicken gets a seafood lover’s makeover in this recipe from Café Delites.

  15. Garlicky Baked Shrimp

    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.

  16. One Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

    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.

  17. Spicy Shrimp Burrito Bowls

    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.

  18. Bacon Shrimp Corn Chowder

    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.

  19. Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

    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.

  20. Easy Better-Than-Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice

    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.

  21. Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers

    Summer entertaining for Closet Cooking means Jamaican jerk shrimp kabobs skewered with caramelized grilled pineapple chunks.

  22. Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

    Easy-peasy one-pot shrimp linguine with the classic flavors of butter, lemon, garlic, and Parmesan from The Recipe Critic.

  23. Easy Coconut Shrimp

    This coconut-crusted shrimp recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction makes for easy finger food that you can’t stop eating.

  24. 30-Minute Sauce & Shrimp Gumbo

    My Kitchen Craze presents classic shrimp gumbo with sausage and rice, only much, much quicker.

  25. Shrimp Burgers

    Never had a shrimp burger let alone made one yourself? The Frugal Girl’s easy recipe is the perfect place to start.