If you have been indulging in lots of red meat lately and want to refresh your palate, why not add some vitamin sea to your menu? In this round-up, we have compiled a list of succulent shrimp recipes for dinner that are as healthy as they are tasty.
Buckle up and get ready for an exciting cooking day!
Reasons to Love Our Shrimp Recipes for Dinner
What makes our shrimp recipes for dinner shine?
Healthy and tasty: The abundance of nutrients in shrimp, not to mention their ocean-reminiscent flavor, should be a part of any healthy diet. Our chefs retain and enhance these qualities to the fullest by calculating each meal carefully according to our nutrition guidelines.
Easy-to-access ingredients: Our goal is to help you turn humble ingredients into delectable dinners. You will find everything you need for our recipes in your local grocery stores. We also include some alternatives on the list – dairy-free, gluten-free options – so you will always find something suited to your taste.
Versatile: Our recommendations vary from soups and stews to pasta and baked goods, offering a full-on seafood feast. Moreover, we love experimenting with spices from different cultures. If you’re an adventurous shrimp-lover, like us, your free spirit will fly higher than ever with our shrimp recipes for dinner.
Best Shrimp Recipes for Dinner
Without further ado, here is our list of best shrimp recipes for dinner.
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Shrimp Diablo Recipe
Far from a hellish meal, this diablo (devil) dish delivers a divine experience. A juicy, tomato-simmered feast with savory heat that’ll take you south of the border in minutes.
This humble etouffee could meet your gourmet expectations. It includes Cajun spice, lemon juice, fresh thyme, and paprika to create a robust and quenching stew. The best part? You can use leftover rice to achieve this popular dish.
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.
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!
Fish sauce, sriracha, red pepper flakes, and red chili build an intense flavor profile in this firecracker of a treat. The meal stays true to Chinese flavors with spices like ginger and garlic that further define the dish.
If you’ve never tried lemon and garlic flavors together, this is your time to do so! In five simple steps, you can create a seasoned dish that tastes like it’s been cooked in a fine restaurant. Sprinkle fresh coriander and serve with 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!
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!
While there are several ways to beautify shrimp, a breadcrumb and parmesan topping is a popular favorite. And for a good reason. You won’t rack up these irresistible flavors anywhere else in 25 minutes!
Our Newburg recipe centers around a rich, elegant sauce made with milk, butter, paprika, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. After that, give it just five minutes to simmer and thicken up. The result is a fragrant dish best enjoyed with cooked rice.
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.
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!
This dish is so delicious and satisfying it’s almost unfair to have it so far down on this list. It carries corn and potatoes right to the top with a zealous fennel, bay, and mustard spice bag. An aromatic pastime for purposeful gatherings!
Don’t let fear of the unfamiliar intimidate you out of taking a shot at this classic. Such a dish requires only one attempt to nail it. It’s a simple saffron-infused wine, tomato, and garlic stew teeming with floral essence and chock-full of delicious flavors.
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.
What can you learn from a dish like this? That simplicity is indeed the ultimate sophistication. You’ll be amazed at how 20 minutes and a garlic butter sear can produce a splendid and restaurant-worthy meal.
As well as being inexpensive and easy to make, this meal is delightful. Salt and pepper are a humble seasoning duo that does wonders for a dish. So expect no less when it comes to this recipe. You’ll be blown away by its complex flavors.
As evident, a short and quick marinade can work wonders. Paprika, sriracha, and cayenne carry the heat in this dish, leaving lime juice to mellow its flavors. By the end of the cook, the shrimp is infused with intense aromas that no one will guess it’s a 20-minute meal!
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 turn to bisques when we are cold, under the weather, or need comfort food. So it’s no surprise they can take some time to put together. The soothing, simmered flavors of carrots, onions, and white wine will be worth the wait and are guaranteed to rehabilitate you.
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!
This popular dish with Chinese origins showcases regional aromas of savory and umami. The flavors accompany a colorful green pea, carrot, and corn stir fry. Once finished, you’ll have a mouthful of textures that’ll leave you satisfied.
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.
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.
There’s something so irresistible about garlic and butter together and how they interact with honey. Your palate will appreciate the sweet and nutty dynamic. And taking up only 17 minutes of your time, you’ll find it hard to fault this dish.
Similar to other shellfish, shrimp may seem intimidating to prepare. However, with the appropriate techniques and some practice, you’ll soon be able to master it.
Defrost: Frozen shrimp are the most accessible options on the market and perform well in many recipes. However, if yours requires well-seasoned shrimp, you should thaw them before marinating so the spices can be absorbed better. It’s best to let the shrimp defrost in the fridge for 8-12 hours before cooking.
Peel: The shrimp shell, mainly formed of chitin, is quite hard to digest, so peeling them off will benefit those with sensitive stomachs. To peel shrimp properly, start by removing the head and legs, then use your hand to peel off the shell. For its aesthetic qualities, you can leave the tail on.
Devein: Though the shrimp vein is not harmful to consume, it makes our dish less attractive. To devein, use a paring knife to cut a 1/4-inch deep track along the back of the shrimp and remove the grayish vein.
Healthiest Ways to Cook Shrimp for Dinner
After preparation comes cooking. Take a look at these methods to find out how to enjoy shrimp for dinner the most healthily.
Boiling: Boiling is ideal for those on a healthy diet as this technique helps kill bacteria, and reduce fat and cholesterol intake. Our chefs recommend boiling shrimp in unsalted chicken/vegetable stock to make soups or stews – and more nutrients for you to obtain.
Steaming: Steaming is also one of the best ways to preserve shrimps’ natural goodness – vitamins and minerals. Also, your shrimp will come out firm yet juicy, perfect for tossing in a light-hearted salad for dinner.
Baking: Baking is the third one on our healthy cooking method list. During the cooking process, little to no oil is needed, and the grease will drain away too.
Air-frying: This is a better alternative to those traditional frying methods – deep-frying and shallow-frying. Without added oil, the circulating hot air from the air-fryer will cook your shrimp thoroughly. No grease and only crispy fried shrimp on the dinner table.
We hope our best shrimp recipes for dinner have inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and have fun cooking with shrimp. After giving them a try, remember to share your feelings and experiences with us by commenting below.
If you want more shrimp ideas to start off a productive morning, check out our shrimp appetizer recipes.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.