25 Easy and Quick Shrimp Recipes for a Weeknight Dinner

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Looking for some delicious shrimp recipes that are certain to treat your tastebuds? Look no further than these great options with fish. Every bite is 100% worth it and the flavour is truly outstanding.

Eating shrimp is not only tasty, but it’s fun as well. But have you ever stopped and taken the time to think about all the variety of ways that you can actually cook and consume shrimp? Because it’s so easy and versatile in flavours, the options are truly endless in how you can enjoy it.

The key is to finding good shrimp and making certain that you cook it properly to get the best taste and flavor possible.

How do you know if you’ve overcooked your shrimp?

One of the biggest indicators that you’ve overcooked your shrimp is that it’s chewy and has a bit harder of a texture. And while it’s still edible, there’s no hiding the fact that it’s been overcooked.

If you do happen to overcook it while making one of the many shrimp recipes, try to find ways that you can still eat it and enjoy it. Maybe consider cutting it into smaller pieces so that it mixes in more with the other food items of the dish.

At what temperature is shrimp done cooking?

When your shrimp have reached an internal temperature of 120 degrees, they are cooked and ready to consume. Another way to tell that your shrimp is done is that you need to watch the color of it as it cooks. Once it starts to become a bit lighter pink in color, that can be a good indicator that it’s getting close to be done cooking.

Is it necessary to devein a shrimp?

This is entirely up to you. Most people prefer to have that portion of the shrimp removed since it’s the area that holds in all their excretion…but more than likely, you’ve probably been to a restaurant or two that has served shrimp that isn’t deveined.

There are deveining tools that you can purchase to help with the task as it can be quite tedious. Or, you can simply make certain that when you purchase your shrimp, you’re buying some that is already deveined from the very beginning.

Now that you know a little about shrimp, here are some delicious recipes to give a try!

25 Shrimp Recipes That Are Simple and Easy to Make

This sampling of recipes are just a few ways that you can cook shrimp. There are literally a ton more options as well!

1. Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi Recipe

This Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi recipe is one that takes mere moments but tastes like you spent all day cooking it. Wow your family and friends with this simple recipe.  Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi Recipe from Crayons and Cravings.

2. Shrimp & Kielbasa with Alfredo Sauce

There’s nothing that a little alfredo sauce can’t handle. The combination of shrimp and sauce are a match made in taste bud heaven. Shrimp & Kielbasa with Alfredo Sauce from Sew Simple Home.

3. Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp

Sometimes, simplicity it best. Just butter and shrimp cooked perfectly are all you really need in this world. Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp from Dancing Through The Rain.

4. Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry With Noodles

Cooking up some stir fry and adding in shrimp is really all that hard to do. In fact, it’s a quick and easy way to get a quick and healthy meal on the table without a lot of worry and stress. Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry With Noodles from Recipes For Men.

5. Baked Coconut Shrimp

The great news about cooking with shrimp is that you can bake it a wide variety of different ways. From baking to frying, you can be certain that it’s going to be a hit no matter what. Baked Coconut Shrimp from Girl with the Iron Cast.

6. Spicy Keto Shrimp Stacks

These shrimp stacks are full of spice and flavor. Plus, they’re keto friendly and make a nice light meal or afternoon snack. Simple and easy to make, these shrimp stacks are delicious. Spicy Keto Shrimp Stacks by How 2 Do Keto.

7. Shrimp Salad

Did you know that eating shrimp can be light and filling at the exact same time? This salad is the proof! Shrimp Salad by Boulder LoCavore.

8. Honey Walnut Shrimp

The taste of honey and walnut is perfectly paired in this delicious meal. Excellent to eat alone or pair up with some rice or a nice light salad. Honey Walnut Shrimp by Homemade Hooplah.

9. Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Using your Air Fryer to cook your shrimp is a great idea! Less oil and half the cooking time! Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp by The Holy Mess.

10. Shrimp Boil

Shrimp Boils are so much fun! They are a great way to gather together your favorite group of family and friends and have everyone chow down. Forget the plates and napkins and just let everyone use their hands. Shrimp Boil by My Cultured Palate.

11. Shrimp Stir Fry

The great thing about cooking shrimp stir fry is that you can vary the recipe up quite a bit. Use whatever vegetables you have that are growing in your garden or head to the store and find ones that are in season. Shrimp Stir Fry by A Taste of Madness.

12. Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Pesto {Paleo, Whole30, Gluten Free}

Looking for a way to cut carbs but still have that noodle texture? This is the dish for you. Using spaghetti squash to create great dishes that remind you of pasta is the perfect way to cook it up. Add a little bit of pesto and you’ll never know that you aren’t eating real pasta. Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Pesto {Paleo, Whole30, Gluten Free} by Tasting Page.

13. Thai Shrimp Spring Rolls

If you’re searching for a simple way to get that thai taste and flavor at home, these spring rolls are a great meal accompaniment or stand alone snack. Thai Shrimp Spring Rolls by My Life Cookbook.

14. Shrimp Avocado Brown Rice Bowl (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

This brown rice bowl is a great source of protein and energy to get a good jumpstart on your day. Plus, it’s gluten-free and dairy-free which means it can fit a wide variety of needs and diets as well. Shrimp Avocado Brown Rice Bowl (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) by Urban Bliss Life.

15. Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

Who says that Pasta and shrimp can’t be combined? This delicious pasta dish is one that will give your taste buds a true treat. Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta by To Simply Inspire.

16. Shrimp Ceviche

This is such a light and simple shrimp recipe to make. It’s unlike most in the fact that it keeps such a natural and simple flavor. Shrimp Ceviche by The Forked Spoon.

17. Creamy Keto Shrimp Alfredo With Zucchini Noodles

This Keto recipe is delicious. Plus, you have more zucchini noodles that you can enjoy with each and every bite of your shrimp as well. Creamy Keto Shrimp Alfredo With Zucchini Noodles from Oh So Foodie.

18. Instant Pot Dijon Shrimp Linguine

Is there anything that the Instant Pot can’t cook? Just add your ingredients and you’ll be enjoying this shrimp linguine dish in no time at all. Instant Pot Dijon Shrimp Linguine  by This Old Gal.

19. Keto Sheet Pan Dinner – Roasted Asian Shrimp and Veggies

This roasted Asian shrimp recipe is simple and easy to make. Being able to roast those veggies to perfection provides such a wonderful taste and flavor. Keto Sheet Pan Dinner – Roasted Asian Shrimp and Veggies by Ketogenic Woman.

20. Garlic Shrimp (French Shrimp Appetizer)

Looking for a starter or appetizer to your meal? This great garlic shrimp recipe is just what you need. It’s the perfect portion size to get everyone ready for the main dish. Garlic Shrimp (French Shrimp Appetizer) from A Hedgehog in the Kitchen.

21. Saffron Shrimp Tacos

Combining saffron and shrimp is a flavor that you’re certain to love. The simplicity of this recipe is what makes it so appealing and fun. Saffron Shrimp Tacos by Little Sunny Kitchen.

22. Blackened Shrimp Fajitas

Take your fajitas up a notch and forget all about tacos with this delicious fajita recipe. Blackened Shrimp Fajitas by Fearless Dining.

23. Grilled Mojito Shrimp

You’re basically taking the flavor of a mojito cocktail and adding it to your shrimp. The outcome? Deliciousness. Grilled Mojito Shrimp by Swirls of Flavor.

24. Shrimp Sandwich

This is one sandwich that you’ll need two hands to hold. Packed full of shrimp and taste, this is one meaty meal. Shrimp Sandwich by The Anthony Kitchen.

25. Shrimp Coconut Soup

While the other dishes have been a combination of varying veggies and ingredients, this coconut soup recipe just can’t be passed up. Make it during the colder months and get ready to snuggle up by the fire, enjoying spoonful after spoonful of this yummy dish. Shrimp Coconut Soup  by The Spice Train.

When you’re cooking with shrimp, just remember that it takes on a lot of the taste and flavorings that you’re going to be using. It’s always a good idea to season lightly at first and add more later if needed.

Once you add on the seasoning and determine that it’s too much, you can’t change it or take any away.

How do you store leftover cooked shrimp to use for later?

If you have shrimp that is cooked that you aren’t going to use right away for your shrimp recipes, add it to a sealed container and keep it in the fridge. For the best taste and flavor, plan on consuming within 48 hours of putting in your fridge. If you find that you can’t, then you can freeze it for later as well.

Make certain that you add it to a freezer-proof bag and label the date on the outside. That way you know when you froze it so you can tell when it’s passed the prime time to thaw and cook.

The next time that you’re craving shrimp, give one of these delicious recipes a try! Not only are they simple and easy to make but each and every one of them are absolutely delicious as well!

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Categories: Fish recipes, Healthy recipes, International Recipes
Article written by Veruska Anconitano aka La Cuochina Sopraffina

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