You really can make simple seafood recipes during the busy workweek! We picked 16 of our favorite quick-and-easy shrimp recipes. You'll have these top-rated recipes on the table in 30 minutes or less.
To make the prep even easier, check the grocery store for raw shrimp that are already peeled and deveined. And if you can't find raw, pre-prepped shrimp, don't discount frozen shrimp. They'll cook up tastier than the already cooked shrimp you can also find at the market. However, if you are using frozen, don't miss Chef John's quick tricks for frozen shrimp, with smart tips for making frozen shrimp taste as good as fresh shrimp just plucked from the sea.
Ready in 30 minutes. "Quick and easy," says ANDREA89. "And the seasoning is perfect. The sauce is incredibly delicious. You can substitute shrimp with crab, cooked chicken, or other vegetables."
Ready in less than 30 minutes. Get everything prepped and ready in advance because things come together fast. And don’t be shy about the garlic! These garlic shrimp are great served with any kind of starch -- rice, potatoes, or pasta, topped with the bright garlic, parsley, and lemon sauce.
Ready in 20 minutes. This spicy number combines fresh shrimp with ginger, soy sauce, garlic, crushed red peppers, and ketchup. "Excellent recipe," says LIZCANCOOK. "Don't be scared away by the ketchup, this sauce is fantastic! And so quick -- it was ready before the broccoli side finished steaming in the microwave!"
Preps in 10 minutes, ready in 30. "Absolutely loved this dish," said GATERJEN. "This is a perfect weeknight dinner -- very quick and easy! The presentation was wonderful as well."
Ready in 20 minutes. "This is a home-style South Indian shrimp curry recipe from my husband's family," says RK. "It is simple and quick to make -- and as hot as you like it. Serve with basmati rice or an Indian flatbread."
Ready in 30 minutes. This Hong Kong-style Chinese recipe stars crispy battered shrimp tossed in creamy sauce. Top it off with sugar-coated walnuts. "Scrumptious," says EatFoodNow. "A new favorite in our home. It was really easy and quick."
Ready in less than 30 minutes. "Linguine pasta and sauteed shrimp are bathed in a basil-flavored fire-roasted tomato sauce and sprinkled with feta cheese," says Amy.
This restaurant-style shrimp fried rice is ready in 30 minutes. "Doesn't get any better than this," says MGMARCKS. "Just like my favorite restaurant but so easy, and I can control the fat and sodium."
Ready in 30 minutes. Fill warm corn tortillas with spicy chipotle shrimp garnished with cilantro, onion, and a splash of fresh lime. "Total winner," says Jakey. "Perfectly delicious and so easy. Added homemade salsa, avocado, and lettuce -- and had it with the Best Black Beans."
Ready in less than 30 minutes. Here's an understated approach to traditional, typically overloaded nachos, which often turn into a greasy mess. You'll quickly saute seasoned fresh shrimp in a hot skillet, and then top tortilla chips with the shrimp plus sliced jalapenos and pepper-Jack cheese -- all dressed up with a super-simple avocado and sour cream sauce.
Ready in 30 minutes. "Definitely a winner," says MRXMUFFIN. "Took about 20 minutes of my day. And my hubby thought I slaved for hours. So simple, but definitely restaurant-quality taste!"
Ready in 20 minutes. Katrina Berry. And MYANGEL6 raves, "Absolutely fantastic! As good as I can get in a restaurant and very quick and easy."
Ready in 25 minutes. "This meal is very yummy, easy to cook, and convenient," says maddy cruise. "My fiancee loves this recipe and wants it every day!"
Ready in 30 minutes. This simple summer dinner combines fresh tomatoes, spinach, herbs, and fresh mozzarella with shrimp and tender fettuccine. "Fantastic," says RAZORBACKLADY. "It's fresh tasting, light, and a visually appealing dish." Amanda recommends that you "use the freshest ingredients possible to really bring out all the flavors."
Ready in less than 30 minutes. Here's a fresh, healthy shrimp and spinach dinner made with zoodles instead of pasta. "Delicious," says CJ. "Very flavorful and easy to make. I made the zoodles with a potato peeler."
Ready in 25 minutes. "This is a simple and light-tasting scallop and shrimp stir-fry," says Shana. "When served with rice, it makes a delicious meal."