10 Best Quick Shrimp Recipes You Must Try Today

Nikhil Goswami

Any meal mixed in with shrimps becomes ten times more delicious, and why would it not! Shrimp is fast to cook and can be added to almost every food, be it a side dish or the main course; it goes along perfectly.

The biggest plus point is that for all the dishes that seem insipid without chicken for a healthy dinner, shrimp is the best alternative with extra proteins and flavor.

Besides this, shrimp is not only rich in protein and is also low in calories which makes them an ideal option for those who wish to lose fat. Therefore, we have listed some of the best shrimp recipes for you below, including shrimp pasta, shrimp rice, shrimp side dishes, shrimp and grits recipe, and a lot more. 

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  • Pasta Shrimp Recipes

Of all the ways cooked shrimp can be added to meals, shrimp pasta tops the list. That’s because shrimp pasta is easy to cook and makes up for a light dinner.

Moreover, the shrimp flavor combined with homemade pasta sauce makes the food irresistible. While making such reciepe, add few drops of CBD oil to toss things up. Some of the shrimp recipes for pasta include shrimp alfredo, garlic shrimp pasta, cilantro lime shrimp scampi pasta, creamy shrimp pasta, shrimp primavera, and more.

  • Shrimp Alfredo Pasta

Fettuccine Alfredo has to be one of the most consumed foods of Gen Z, and for all the right reasons. It’s filled with creamy sauce, spices, cheese, and lots of carbs. Furthermore, it becomes even more flavorful when fresh shrimp is added to it. The juicy shrimp is protein-filled and makes the alfredo energy-filled, delicious meal. But how do you make it? Let’s see below.


  • 1 lb. Alfredo
  • 1 lb. Shrimp, scaled and without tails
  • Salt (as per taste)
  • Black Pepper (as per taste)
  • 3 tbsp. Oil or Butter
  • One egg yolk
  • Two garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tsp. all-purpose-flour
  • Parsley and Parmesan cheese for garnishing


First, boil Alfredo pasta for up to 8 minutes and keep aside a cup of pasta water to work with the sauce. In a saucepan, add 1 tbsp. of oil or butter and heat on low flame.

Then add fresh shrimp and season with black pepper and salt. Since shrimps are very small, they can cook immensely fast and require extra attention if you don’t want to end up with burnt shrimp. Fry both sides for up to two minutes, set aside, and your pan-fried shrimp is ready.

Add the remaining oil or butter to the pan and minced garlic. Cook for one minute and add flour and whisk for two minutes. After that, mix in heavy cream and milk on low flame and add an egg yolk.

Add parmesan and whisk until it becomes thick. When the cheese melts and bubbles come up in the sauce, add the pasta and cooked shrimp. Mix it thoroughly. Finally, garnish with parsley and parmesan and tada! Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo is already.

  • Cilantro Lime Juice Shrimp Pasta

The Cilantro Lime Shrimp Pasta is the same as our regular Shrimp Scampi recipe but with fresh lemon, butter, spices, cilantro, and some garlicky shrimp. Furthermore, it makes up for a healthy dinner, is bursting with flavors, and cooks in less than thirty minutes. 


  • 1 lb. Spaghetti
  • 1 lb. Shrimp, cleaned
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp. chopped Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice
  • 4 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 Red pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup White wine
  • Lime Slices for garnish


In a bowl, add cumin, oil, lemon juice, and shrimp. Mix thoroughly and keep in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to four hours. Next, set pasta to boil and add a pinch or two of salt. Once boiled, drain the pasta and store a cup of the pasta water for later usage.

Then, heat a saucepan on medium flame and add two tbsp of butter. Once the butter melts, mix in the shrimp and let cook shrimp for two minutes on each side. The sauteed shrimp is all ready. Set aside. Add more butter and mix in garlic and chili flakes till integrated. Add in the garlic paste. Then, stir in chicken broth and white wine and let simmer.

Add the boiled pasta and buttery shrimp. Combine everything well and add old bay seasoning. Finally, put lime slices and cilantro on top for serving.

  • Shrimp Kung Pao Pasta

Looking for a fancy yet healthy meal? The Shrimp Kung Pao Pasta will be your go-to pasta recipe once you try it. In addition, it makes for the perfect dinner with all the right sauces, flavors, and spicy shrimp. Moreover, the best part is that it only takes 40 minutes to make this scrumptious, quick weeknight dinner from scratch. Let’s get right into it.


  • 1 lb. Spaghetti
  • 1 lb. Raw Shrimp
  • 2 chopped Onions
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. Sriracha
  • Black Pepper
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 4 tsp. Cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup broth
  • 1/3 cup Soy sauce
  • 2 Bell peppers
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • Cilantro and Peanuts for Garnish


First, boil the spaghetti in a pot, add half a tsp of salt and drain once boiled. In a saucepan, drip in some sesame oil, onions, and fresh ginger and cook for a minute. The garlic butter enhances the taste. So, toss in the shrimp and season with regular spices. Once done, remove the tender shrimp and set them aside.

Now add oil and bell peppers and cook for five minutes. Add garlic and sauté. Also, stir in cornstarch, sriracha, soy sauce, rice vinegar, broth, and sweet sauce. Then, simmer for a minute or until it thickens. Add pasta, and the shrimp, cooked. Put peanuts and cilantro for garnishing. You can serve it with garlic bread as well.

  • Side Dishes’ Shrimp Recipe

No meal is complete without a fun and appetizing side dish, especially when combined with shrimp. Moreover, side dishes are the life of the party, and they should be just as easy to make as they are delicious to eat. There are so many different ways to cook shrimps; you can fry, grill, boil, sauté, and steam your shrimp to perfection.

So, we have found some simple yet mouth-watering shrimp recipes as a side dish for you below. Some of our favorite shrimp recipes include Shrimp cocktail, Shrimp toasts, Bang Bang Grilled Shrimp, Shrimps Salad, Shrimps’ Primavera, Shrimp Tacos, Caprese Salad, Potato Shrimps, and many more.

  • Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Shrimp cocktail might be old-school, but if cooked right, it can be the perfect appetizer. In addition, it comes with a dark red colored sauce including sweet sauce, tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and a tad bit of salt. Sometimes, it comes with red wine vinegar to get that sweet-sour-salty taste in one bite. The best part? It’s a very simple and easy and perfect side dish for beginner chefs. 


  • 2 lb. Frozen Shrimp, cleaned
  • 2 lb. Ice
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 6 tbsp. Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp Hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Horseradish
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Lemon zest


First, add ice to a large bowl and fill it halfway. Then add water to fill up the rest of the bowl. Keep aside. Next, cut the lemon into small pieces. In a saucepan, add 6 cups of water, salt, parsley, onions, and sugar. Make lemon juice and add to the pot. Let simmer for a while. Then, turn off the flame and add the shrimp.

Let boil for about three and a half minutes and remove from the pot, and place in the bowl of ice using a slotted spoon to stop the cooking process instantly. That’s because quick-cooking shrimp is done even before you can blink an eye, and extra cooking will burn it off.

For the cocktail sauce, mix all ingredients like salt, sauces, ketchup, lemon zest, etc. thoroughly. Finally, set the shrimp in a dish and serve with cocktail sauce and wedges and sprinkle parsley.

  • Bang Bang Grilled Shrimp

The bang bang shrimp is one of the best foods to lose fat. However, such shrimp recipes that never get old. Moreover, the exotic combination of crunchy shrimp with the creamy, hot sauce is simply irresistible. Furthermore, it’s an easy-to-make healthy option and so delicious to eat. Once set at the table, there’s no chance the plate would return fully to the kitchen.

You can even replace Panko with bread crumbs if Panko’s are difficult for you to get your hands on. While Panko’s offers a more crunchy approach, bread crumbs can be way too granulated, leaving little room for the crunchiness. Therefore, to make it tangier, you can even use sour cream. You’ll be done with your meal in less than 30 minutes.


  • 2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 lb. Raw shrimp
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • All-purpose flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Cilantro for garnishing
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup sweet sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Sriracha


For this recipe, you will need the oven. First, preheat it to 400 and put out a baking sheet. In a bowl, mix garlic powder, oil, bread crumbs, and the regular spices. Then, take another bowl, add egg yolks and whisk.

Use a large bowl to put in the shrimp. Next, dip the shrimp first in the flour, then in the egg yolk, then the breadcrumb mixture, and set on the baking sheet. Make sure all the shrimps are coated perfectly well.

Bake until it becomes brownish in color and crunchy; this would take around 15 minutes or less. In another bowl, add together all the sauces like the sriracha, sweet chili sauce, honey, lemon zest, and mayo, and sprinkle some salt to taste.

Furthermore, you can either drip the sauce over the shrimps or use it as a dipping sauce for the shrimps; it works either way amazingly. Lastly, top with Cilantro and serve hot.

  • Shrimp Caprese Salad

The Caprese salad is one of the most loved side dishes today. It makes up for a light, healthy, and tangy snack before the main course. Moreover, it refreshes you and is pretty flavorful on its own, but when combined with some succulent shrimp, you just can’t say no to it.

Furthermore, since shrimp are high in protein and low in calories shrimp caprese salad are among the best weight loss friendly option people can try. 

All you need is some mozzarella or feta cheese, fresh red tomatoes, red onion, and cucumbers, and if you like, you could even add avocado to make it richer. Moreover, the glaze makes everything twice better with its sweet-tangy taste. 


For the shrimp

  • 1 lb. Shrimp, cleaned
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil

The glaze

  • 1 cup Vinegar
  • 4 tsp. sugar

For the Salad

  • 2 fresh Tomatoes
  • 1 big Cucumber
  • Fresh mozzarella (lots of it)
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Italian seasoning


First things first, clean the shrimp if not cleaned. Then, take a large skillet and add olive oil, seasonings, Black Pepper, and salt. Mix it all together. Let the shrimp stir fry on both sides for around two minutes, and then keep the sautéed shrimp aside.

In a pan, add the red wine vinegar and sugar. Let simmer on low flame for four to five minutes. Once done, set aside to cool. For the salad, cut mozzarella cheese into small cubes, dice the tomato, and slice the cucumber thinly. Then, place them on the plate nicely and sprinkle with seasoning. Next, add the cooked shrimp now and drip over the glazed sauce. Eventually, toss in some cayenne pepper for garnishing.

  • Shrimp Toasts Recipe

As evident from the name, this isn’t like your regular shrimp-filled dishes. It’s a shrimp toast filled with flavor and delicious bread. Therefore, this is perfect for people on a diet or looking for a healthy dinner. Furthermore, this recipe is known as a fusion because it is a blend of so many things. However, it takes a maximum of 30 mins only. 


  • 1/2 lb. shrimp, cleaned and sliced
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • Mayo
  • 2 Scallions
  • 1/3 cup Horseradish
  • 1/4 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1 egg white
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Toasted sesame seeds’ oil
  • 6 slices of bread


First of all, we need to make the sauce. In a bowl, combine mustard and horseradish. Keep aside in the refrigerator. Then, take the shrimps and remove tails, if any. Next, put the shrimps in a grinder and make a sticky paste; small lumps are fine. Reserve some scallions for later use in garnishing. Add everything to the grinder, including the ginger, salt, seasonings, egg white, fish sauce, sesame oil, and sugar. Mix until everything is well combined.

Then, evenly spread the shrimp paste on the pieces of bread. Make sure to cover all edges perfectly, so no room is left empty. Cut each bread piece in a triangle shape to make more pieces. Then, on a large pan, add vegetable oil and let heat on a medium flame for about a minute. Once the oil is hot enough, you’ll see bubbles popping up on its edge.

Now, place the bread pieces on the pan with the shrimp paste side facing the pan. However, the number of shrimp bread your pan can hold depends on its size. Fry the toast for about one to two minutes until it becomes golden and crunchy.

After that, flip and fry the other side. Remove from the skillet and place on tissue paper to let go of the excess oil. Make sure to keep the shrimp side up. Then, follow the same with the remaining bread pieces. Finally, garnish with scallions on the side and serve with mustard sauce.

  • Shrimp Tostada Bites

Made of guacamole and combined with spicy, buttery shrimps, these Shrimp Tostada bites are to die for. Moreover, this one bite-sized healthy shrimp recipe is a perfect appetizer. You can even make the guac earlier to minimize the mess.

Furthermore, the shrimps have a spicy, tangy-like taste, and when topped with honey, it offers a hint of sweetness too. However, it is easy to make but takes fairly more time. On the other hand, you can even pair this up with shrimp tacos; it makes a bomb combination. But how are Shrimp Tostadas made? Let’s see the recipe below.


For the shrimp

  • 1/3 cup Virgin oil
  • 1/4 cup lime zest
  • 1 lb. Frozen shrimp, cleaned
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Red pepper
  • Salt
  • Minced Garlic

For the Guac

  • A couple of avocados
  • Juice of lemon
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 2 tbsp. Cilantro
  • Tortilla scoops for getting the perfect bite


Take a large bowl, and stir in oil, honey, salt, paprika, lemon zest, garlic, and chili. Once mixed thoroughly, add in the shrimps and let fully coat. Then set aside in the fridge fir marination for at least 30 minutes for a maximum of two hours.

After that, take a large pan and heat it over medium flame. Toss in the shrimp marinade and let the shrimp stir fry for a minute or two. Once turned pink, dish out the juicy shrimp, cover it, and set it aside.

For the guac, take a medium-sized bowl and add the avocados. Mash them to perfection until no lump remains behind. Add in lemon zest, Cilantro, Onion, and Jalapenos, and season with black pepper and salt as per taste. Using tortilla scoops, makeup the guac as the base. Then, put the shrimp above on the guac and use Cilantro to garnish. Serve hot. Your healthy meal is all ready to munch on.

  •  Shrimp And Rice Recipes

Just as some people prefer chicken in rice, we like our shrimp in rice recipes. Shrimp rice is a must for weeknight dinners, and it is so for obvious reasons. It makes the ordinary-looking dish 10x yummier by the mere addition of shrimps. Furthermore, there are many ways you can combine shrimp with rice. Some of our favorites are Garlic Butter Shrimp Rice, Lemon Garlic Shrimp Rice, Cajun Shrimp Rice, Shrimp Fried Rice, and many more. 

Although it sounds simple enough, just tossing in the boiled rice and sauteed shrimp is not the way to go. Therefore, you need to make the dish more flavorful. So, to add flavor to rice, you will have to do more than just boiling the rice.

First, add butter and garlic to the pot and let it become fragrant; now mix with the rice. Next, toss the rice in the pot to let them become slightly nutty. Instead of water, we combine white wine and broth or shrimp stock infusing it with even more flavor.

After the pot is filled with steam, add the shrimps and let cook on low flame. You can keep the shrimp tail on if you prefer; it adds more flavor. But if you don’t, you can simply remove it by gently taking it off. Let’s see all the ingredients and directions below.


  • 12 cups Long Grain Rice
  • 1 lb. Shrimp, cleaned
  • 4 tbsp. Oil or Butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 5 minced garlic cloves
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 big Shallot


First, take a big skillet and heat butter on medium flame. After melting, add shallot and sauté for two to three minutes. Then, mix in garlic and flakes and cook for one minute. Top with black pepper and salt for taste. Add rice and cook until it becomes aromatic. Stir in wine and cook for two minutes, then add broth or shrimp stock and turn on high flame.

Once it begins boiling with bubbles rising, turn the flame to low and cover it with a lid. Top with salt and black pepper, cook the rice for 10 minutes, and then spread the shrimp over the rice. Place the lid to retain the steam and let the rice cook for another six minutes. Make sure the pan is tightly covered with the lid at this point.

Remove the pan from the stove and let cool for five minutes without moving the lid such that the shrimp turn pink in color. Use a light hand to sift through the rice and lightly mix the shrimp with the rice. Then, add in the lemon zest, parsley, and regular seasonings. Your steamed rice and shrimps are ready; serve hot.

  • Cajun Shrimp Recipe

As evident from the name, this flavorful, savory shrimp recipe is made of spicy Cajun seasonings and gulf shrimp. The gulf shrimp is usually bigger and offers more flavor. As to how good it tastes, your empty pan will attest. The best part is that it is gluten-free and can be cooked in less than 40 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight shrimp dinner. Therefore, this is one of the best shrimp recipes you can try out there.

In addition, it is so flavorful, so delicious, so spicy, so juicy – the perfect meal for a perfect night. You can even let shrimp boil in this recipe and toss it in the rice afterward. Let’s see how it’s done below.


  • 4 cups Long Grain Rice
  • 1 lb. Raw Shrimp
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Oil
  • 4 fresh tomatoes
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp. Cajun seasoning
  • Handful of scallions
  • 3 tbsp. chopped parsley


Take a large pan and heat butter, oil, and garlic on a medium flame for about one minute. Next, add in the seasoning and shrimps and let cook until the shrimps turn pink in color and become slightly hard.

Top with black pepper and salt and set aside. Add the tomatoes and scallions and let cook for about 60 seconds. Then, add rice and broth, let it boil, and slowly bring it to a simmer. As of now, it is the same as making any ordinary rice dish.

While the rice is boiling, add the remaining  cannabutter and spices and let work with the shrimp in another bowl. If you dont know how to make cannabutter here is the detailed reciepe.

Add the shrimp to the rice, cover it with a lid tightly and let the rice and shrimp cook on steam. Make sure not to take off the lid during this period. Once the shrimp begins looking opaque and the rice seems bigger, consider it done.

Dish it out on a plate, season with regular spices, and sprinkle parsley. For additional garnishing, you can serve with lemon wedges if desired. And tada! Your garlic butter Cajun Shrimp Rice is ready to make rounds everywhere.

Conclusion: Easy Shrimp Recipes That Are Worth Trying

There are hundreds of delicious shrimp recipes out there that you can make for family lunches or dinners and impress everyone. From shrimp pasta recipes to shrimp and rice to Shrimp toasts, there is a wide variety to choose from. You can make a new shrimp dish every time.

Furthermore, when it comes to shrimp, it has to be the best seafood there exists. If there is a comparison between salmon and shrimp, I will give shrimp 5 stars without a second thought. That’s because shrimp works with everything, be it seafood boil, fry, steam, sauté, you name it, it will rock the dish.

The shrimp recipes mentioned above are a must-try to let yourself experience the wonders flavor can bring to you. Therefore, the next time you decide to host a dinner party, make sure to try one of these recipes.We hope this post helps you just as much as we expect it to. Happy Cooking.


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