Best Easy Shrimp Recipes

Top Rated Easy Shrimp Recipes

Say you’ve agreed to host a dinner party or have some important company coming over (e.g., in-laws). Say you don’t know how to cook your way out of a paper bag. Say you’ve got yourself some Land O’Lakes Butter in the fridge. Your problems are now solved with their spicy shrimp diablo recipe. Diablo, which means devil in Spanish, refers to the kick the sauce brings to the shrimp. Try it with chicken or scallops if you don’t have shrimp on hand.Click here for more great back-of-the-box recipes.

Shrimp pad thai has always been a favorite delivery/takeout food item — it's just always seemed a little too complicated, too involved a dish for me to attempt a homemade version. But in the spirit of pushing the boundaries of my cooking comfort zone, I decided to take a stab at it. And I encourage you to as well. Seriously, if I can make it, so can you.Click here to see more peanut recipes.Make this recipe at home easily. Have the ingredients delivered right to your door via Plated.com.


Easy Shrimp Recipes

Shrimp scampi is a simple Italian way to prepare shrimp and became popular in the United States after World War II.

Shrimp Pad Thai

MYOT: Make Your Own Takeout!

This homemade pad thai tastes bright and light with flat, fettuccine-size rice noodles retaining a nice bite.

Tangy Lime Shrimp

Serve this tangy lime shrimp dish over whole grains or pasta as a fast weeknight dinner.

Proscuitto-Wrapped Shrimp with Watermelon-Tomato Salad

"Watermelon adds a juicy fruitiness to the smoky shrimp," to this 30-minute meal says Rach. "The larger the shrimp, the easier they are to wrap and grill."

Grilled Shrimp Burrito Bowls

Go Tex-Mex with these easy and flavorful Grilled Shrimp Burrito Bowls. If you prefer your burritos to be hand-held, wrap all of the ingredients up in a warm tortilla.

Double-Stuffed Shrimp with Beurre Blanc

"This baby&aposs double rich: shrimp and crab" says Rach. "And to top it all off, it&aposs served with a butter sauce called beurre blanc (white butter)."

Sicilian Shrimp Po Boys

This 30-Minute Meal by Rachael Ray has a Sicilian twist: anchovies, capers and white wine. For a truly satisfying meal, pair this sandwich with a crisp white wine or medium-bodied beer.

Poblano Cream Pasta with Shrimp

This 30-Minute Meal by Rachael Ray is Tex-Mex and Italian-inspired with poblanos adding a flavorful south-of-the-border twist.

Shrimp with Chile-Lemon Butter

For Christmas Eve 2012, Rachael made this recipe from her book My Year In Meals.

"Funnily enough, my mom doesn&apost really care for a lot of seafood. While John and I eat pretty much everything, she only likes shrimp, crab, anchovies and flaky white fish," says Rach.

Chicken Andouille & Shrimp Jambalaya

We cut the guilt but not the flavor in this lightened up version of the popular New Orleans recipe.

Chickpea Puree with Poached Shrimp

Italian Chef Lidia Bastianich serves her flavorful poached shrimp over a homemade chickpea puree sauce. Make a large batch of the sauce and keep it on hand to serve over roasted or steamed veggies.

Grilled Shrimp Scampi

Grilled shrimp adds a smoky layer of flavor to this classic Shrimp Scampi recipe. Serve it over a toasted baguette for a complete and filling meal.

Mushroom and Shrimp Noodle Bowls

Get your chopsticks ready! Mushroom and shrimp share the spotlight in this takeout-inspired 30-Minute Meal recipe by Rachael Ray.

Seafood Paella

Make this classic Spanish paella recipe in a cast-iron skillet to evenly distribute the heat through the dish. Once you&aposve mastered the recipe, get creative and add in your favorite vegetables and other types of seafood.


How to Make the Best Baked Shrimp

This mouth-watering baked shrimp is on of my go-to recipes when I need a super easy homemade dinner fast! There is nothing easier than making oven-roasted shrimp.

I wish I had known how to bake shrimp when I was younger. I used to think shrimp was hard to cook, but little did I know how easy it is to bake in the oven. I&rsquove been oven-roasting shrimp for years now, it&rsquos really one of my favorite meals and great for a low carb diet .


Easy-Peasy Shrimp Ziti

Fresh peas add a pop of color to this creamy pasta dish.

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook 1 pound ziti or rigatoni as label directs. While pasta cooks, work on sauce.
  2. Chop 3 garlic cloves. Add to deep 12-inch skillet, with 3 tablespoons olive oil, and cook on medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring.
  3. Add 1 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes, and 2/3 cups half-and-half to skillet. Heat to a simmering, then simmer for 2 minutes, stirring.
  4. Add 1 pound peeled, deveined shrimp, 1 cup frozen peas, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to skillet. Cook until shrimp are cooked, about 5 minutes.
  5. Serve pasta with sauce. Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.

Nutritional information (per serving): About 465 cals, 24 g protein, 67 g carbs, 12 g fat (3 g sat), 5 g fiber, 675 mg sodium.


Frequently Asked Questions

How Long to Cook Shrimp on Stove?

Shrimp cooks quickly on stove so do not overcook. As soon as the shrimp turns opaque on the surface, it&rsquos cooked.

However, please make sure that you turn over to the other side to fully cook the inside.

It takes an average of 2 -3 minutes to cook shrimp on the stove top.

What Shrimp to Buy and Where to Buy?

I always buy frozen raw shrimp (tail-on or tail-off) at Target. They are available in the frozen section.

You can get 2 lbs of frozen shrimp in a packet for as low as $7.99 when it&rsquos on sale.

I prefer tail-on, shelled and deveined shrimp. However, shelled and deveined shrimp without tails will work great.

Do not buy cooked shrimp because they are already cooked. Cooking the shrimp again on a stove will make them rubbery, tasteless and tough.


What type of shrimp to use?

For this shrimp boil in oven recipe, we recommend using large shrimp with the tail on for the best presentation. We used the size 16 to 20 count, which are quite large. We’d suggest buying shrimp with the shell on that is already deveined. Then you can remove the shell after cooking the shrimp, but leave the tail on. (If your shrimp are not deveined, here’s How to Devein Shrimp.)

What about fresh or frozen shrimp? Either fresh or frozen works for this recipe! A myth about fish is that “fresh is best.” However, frozen shrimp can be higher quality than raw fish because freezing suspends the decomposing process. Also, the shelf-life of fresh shrimp is only a few days, but frozen shrimp lasts for several weeks.

If you use frozen shrimp for this recipe, here’s how to thaw frozen shrimp:

  • Place the frozen shrimp in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Or,
  • On the day of serving, [lace the frozen shrimp into a large bowl with very cold water. Stir the bowl every 5 minutes to break up clumps of shrimp that freeze together. The shrimp should be defrosted in about 15 minutes.

Air fryer shrimp

  1. Shrimp &ndash We used Jumbo so timing is appropriate for that size. Shrimp were defrosted, shells removed, and deveined before being battered.
  2. Italian bread crumbs &ndash seriously!
  3. Garlic salt
  4. Butter
  5. Salt and pepper to taste

I know, sounds kinda&rsquo funny to put taco anything on shrimp but wow did it ever give it a wonderful flavor.

I asked my husband (who says he doesn&rsquot like taco seasoning period, even for tacos) after he finished an entire plate of these what he thought.

He said &ldquothey were so good!&rdquo, then I told him what I used to make them. Yep, had to admit he may be wrong about that spice. 😉

As you can see above I bought a bag of frozen jumbo shelled shrimp. They sat in the freezer for quite some time and really needed to be cooked. That is when I thought of creating some sort of air fried shrimp recipe.

  • Keep in mind that shrimp shrink quite a bit when they&rsquore cooked. Jumbo really becomes a medium size so they&rsquore ideal.

A perfect bite size for everyone in our family. I wouldn&rsquot use a smaller size.

How do you know when fried shrimp is done?

The exterior should be pink with red tails. Flesh will be slightly opaque and white in color.

How do you cook pre cooked shrimp in an air fryer?

  • Place a single layer of frozen popcorn shrimp into your air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway through the cook cycle
  • Eat immediately for best results

Can you cook air fryer frozen shrimp? <&mdash&mdash YES we show you how here.

Cooking any sort of breaded frozen shrimp in a hot air machine would follow this same timing with slight variations depending on the size of them.

If you&rsquore trying to figure out how long to cook a variety of foods in your air fryer, use this printable air fryer cook times sheet.

It helped determine how long to cook air fryer frozen chicken nuggets and more.

What goes with fried shrimp?

    are an out of this world combo
  1. This is how to cook fresh corn to go with this
  2. Our easy roll recipe is great if you want some bread with this
  3. We have a bunch of other fish recipes here too.

The best side dish we love is air fryer cauliflower you see here. I use both my Foodi and my Cosori so I can make all of it at the same time.

Here are quick step by step directions but I also have a printable recipe card at the bottom as well.


How to Grill Shrimp

This dish can be an amazing appetizer or delicious main dish. You could even use it to make the shrimp for a pretty yummy grilled Shrimp Po&rsquoBoy sandwich.

This recipe is very versatile. If you want to add some spices, go right ahead! Cajun spices are especially yummy if you can take the heat. We have used Slap Your Mama Seasoning for a kick in the past.


Roasted Garlicky Shrimp

Just toss shrimp with roasted red peppers, scallions, fresh lemon juice, and of course, garlic, then top with feta cheese and bake until cooked through. Yes, dinner can be that easy!

large peeled and deveined shrimp

12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and cut into 1-inch pieces

Pitas and baby spinach, rice or couscous, or salad greens, for serving

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. In 1½- to 2-qt baking dish, combine shrimp, red peppers, scallions, garlic, wine, lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with feta cheese. Bake until shrimp are opaque throughout, 12 to 15 minutes. Spoon into pitas along with baby spinach, serve over rice or couscous or toss with your favorite salad greens.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): About 285 calories, 14.5 g fat (5.5 g saturated), 28 g protein, 1,465 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber


Ingredients

The ingredients for Shrimp Mozambique are few, but pack a flavorful punch! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 lbs of shrimp (your favorite size)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces of beer (or white wine)
  • fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 2 tablespoons of hot pepper sauce (we like Frank’s)
  • White Rice or French fries

We top our Shrimp Mozambique onto rice, but you can also use french fries. Use a starch-based side to soak up the juices nicely!