Does a perfectly caramelized shrimp dish sound tempting? If yes, you're at the right place to discover new ways of cooking it! We’ve gathered some of the tastiest sautéed shrimp recipes to inspire you. Add these ideas to your meal plan and have fun cooking with us.
What Spices and Herbs Go Well With Sautéed Shrimp?
The versatile taste of shrimp allows it to pair well with different seasonings. When it comes to sautéed seafood, here are some of our favorite flavor enhancers.
Salt and black pepper: These two pantry staples help bring out the natural sweetness of sautéed shrimp. While salt adds a savory taste, freshly ground pepper infuses the dish with earthy, woodsy notes.
Garlic and onion powder: When used in powdered form, garlic and onion have a more concentrated flavor, sharpening our palate. Working with powder also means you are free of sticky hands and watery eyes.
Cayenne pepper and red chili flakes: If spicy food is your biggest obsession, sprinkle some cayenne pepper or red chili flakes onto your shrimp. Their intense heat, derived from a substance called capsaicin, will boost your endorphin levels and give you instant satisfaction.
Oregano: Oregano, a signature Caribbean herb, enlivens any meal that it’s sprinkled on. For sautéing, you can opt for either fresh or dried oregano as both taste almost the same – bright, peppery, and slightly bitter.
Basil: The taste of basil may vary from peppery and citrusy to savory and spicy, based on its origin. We love basil for its fresh aroma with hints of mint and anise.
Dill: This unique aromatic herb lends a tangy note to our shrimp. As dill’s flavor diminishes quickly during cooking, add it only at the end to ensure the flavor is not lost during the cooking process.
Now, let’s move on to the star of our show – the shrimp.
Best Sautéed Shrimp Recipes
Are you ready for some sizzling sound and luscious aroma? Check out our collection of sautéed shrimp recipes.
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Pan Fried Shrimp Recipe
This lustrous dish is so shimmery it’s sure to dazzle your world before you taste it. It’s a simple fry with carrots, bell peppers, and broccoli to complete it with crunchy bits.
Take your meals to serious new heights by adding this recipe to your menu. You can count on hoisin, soy sauce, and brown sugar to pack a punch of flavors into the shrimp in just 20 minutes! Now that’s how you serve a truly flavorful meal.
Long having held a place at the dinner table, this Instant Pot Shrimp reimagines classic garlic and butter flavors for a family-friendly version. The dish takes 25 minutes to prepare but rewards tenfolds in taste.
You haven’t had “jhinga biryani” like this before. A slow cook infuses the dish with spicy fragrances that are bizarre yet deeply satisfying. The shrimp can be made with tails on or off (it’s up to you!), while the dish is best served with raita, naan, or rice.
Two dynamic flavors go head to head in this chili and lime recipe to create a knockout dish. Add a bit of Cajun seasoning and paprika to complete a robust flavor profile. Whenever you have 15 minutes to spare, you can whip this recipe out!
Our spin on this recipe saves you both the calories and precious time. A hearty rice wine vinegar sauce transforms broccoli into a vibrant veggie you’ll enjoy thoroughly. The result is a dish of sweet, savory, and nutty aromas best enjoyed with cooked rice.
The key to busy weeknights is often choosing the right recipe. Our Teriyaki Shrimp special will help you tackle a hectic schedule with a 20-minute cooking time, while the deep umami final tastes exhibit no sacrifice on flavors.
There’s just something magical about Tequila and lime. It’s almost the perfect way to animate seafood with a much-needed zing. Serve this Mexican masterpiece with potatoes and corn, and you will not be disappointed!
A delectable yet easy meal to prepare, Jambalaya is an excellent entry point into Louisiana Creole cuisine. The red seasoning pack of paprika, cayenne, and red pepper lends a fiery taste and auburn red shade so that you won’t mistake the dish for Paella!
Looking for a spring dish? Primavera is your best bet. With crunchy asparagus and green peas in season, this dish will carry fresh, succulent flavors that are hard to replicate at any other time of the year.
We sought to keep this recipe as close to the original as possible. Slight changes like replacing regular soy sauce with a low-sodium version ensure you’ll get a healthy and authentic Hunanese dish with no compromise on flavor!
While chow mein is well and truly Chinese, there’s no need to shy away from making it yourself. Follow our recipe to the tee, and you’ll have this meal ready quicker than it takes you to order takeout!
A citrusy umami sauce is the base of this sweet and sour stir-fry. Once seared, the shrimp and vegetables turn crisp and caramelized while tender. Love it? You can experiment with less sugar (or more!) to find new ways to make this recipe work for you.
This dish gives you a bit of everything — crunch, substance, and refreshment in one bite. It consists of a light shrimp, cucumber, and celery mix with a small dose of carbs. Isn’t it the perfect side treat?
If you’re wondering what’s the best-suited shrimp for sautéing, read on to find the answers to your most frequently asked questions.
1. What Is The Perfect Size?
Does this question cross your mind when you shop for shrimp? Size does matter in cooking. While small-sized shrimp is excellent for salads, you should go with medium to large-sized shrimp for sautéing, frying, and stewing. Bigger shrimp doesn't overcook easily and absorbs the seasonings better, offering more flavor in each bite.
2. Difference Between Fresh and Frozen Shrimp
Most shrimp found at grocery stores has been frozen soon after being harvested to prevent mushy flesh. If you’re able to get your hands on some fresh shrimp at the fish markets, we encourage you to do so. Shrimp that has not been frozen previously comes with a firmer texture and richer taste. However, you can still get away with a bag of frozen shrimp if it is properly defrosted.
3. To Peel or Not to Peel?
Though cooked shrimp shells are edible, they are rather unappealing because of their hard texture. Plus, if we sauté shell-on shrimp, the seasonings will be absorbed into the shell rather than the flesh. Hence, our chefs suggest we make the effort to peel and devein the shrimp.
What Fat Can I Use to Sauté Shrimp?
When choosing fat for cooking seafood, go with vegetable oils that have a higher smoke point (400°F or above) as they’re more tolerant to high heat. Some great suggestions are canola oil, peanut oil, and avocado oil.
A better alternative to regular butter is ghee - unsalted clarified butter, which smokes at around 485°F.
What to Serve With Sautéed Shrimp
A light and healthy salad with plenty of vegetables and fruits is a great match for sautéed shrimp dishes. The freshness of vegetables helps cleanse your palate and acts as an appetizer. Have a look at our healthy salad recipes for more ideas.
If you’re looking for some quick and easy beverages, we suggest orange juice to load you up with extra vitamin C.
We hope you’re inspired by our trusted sautéed shrimp recipes. If you try out a recipe to make any of these delectable dishes, do share your stories with us by commenting below.
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