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12 Top Asian-Inspired Shrimp Recipes

Here's one for the shrimp lovers! We scoured the globe to bring you a dozen of our favorite Asian-inspired shrimp recipes, featuring spicy Szechwan shrimp, Thai-style grilled shrimp, flavorful Indian curries, shrimp fried rice, and more. Many of these recipes are ready in 40 minutes or less.

If you're not keen to peel a pile of fresh shrimp, check your local market for pre-peeled, deveined raw shrimp. And if you can’t find raw, pre-prepped shrimp, consider frozen shrimp -- and don’t miss Chef John’s quick tricks for making frozen shrimp as tasty as fresh.

1. Szechwan Shrimp

This quick, spicy Szechwan-style shrimp recipe pairs fresh shrimp with ginger, soy sauce, garlic, crushed red peppers, and a little ketchup. "Excellent," says LIZCANCOOK. "The sauce is fantastic! And it's so quick -- ready before the broccoli side finished steaming in the microwave!"

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Photo via Meredith Publishing

2. Authentic and Easy Shrimp Curry

"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." It's ready in 20 minutes.

Authentic and Easy Shrimp Curry

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

3. The Best Thai Coconut Soup

"Authentic, bold, and delicious Thai flavors make this soup irresistible," says Jessica. "This is the best Thai coconut soup I've had. Serve over steamed rice."

The Best Thai Coconut Soup

Photo by Aja

4. Honey Walnut Shrimp

Here's a Hong Kong-style Chinese recipe that stars crispy battered shrimp tossed in creamy sauce and topped with sugar-coated walnuts. “Scrumptious,” says EatFoodNow. “It was really easy and quick.” Dinner's ready in about 30 minutes.

Honey Walnut Shrimp

Photo by Rhianna

5. Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry

"This quick and tasty shrimp dish has a double hit of sesame oil and seeds that add nutty flavor to crisp peppers and shrimp," says Debbie. COUTS1 adds, "This recipe was delicious. And the leftovers the next day were even better."

Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry

Photo by Roger Eric Roberson

6. Shrimp Fried Rice II

“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.” Also, it's ready in 30 minutes.

Shrimp Fried Rice II

Photo by Melissa Goff

7. Thai Spiced Barbecue Shrimp

"This is the best recipe ever for barbecue shrimp," says Ned. "Very tasty with a little Thai-curry kick!"

Thai Spiced Barbecue Shrimp

Photo by Meredith

8. Indian Shrimp Curry

"This is a subtle yet richly flavored curry that complements shrimp perfectly," says Jacqueline B. "A very authentic taste, and a very easy meal to prepare when you are in a hurry." This one's ready in about 30 minutes.

Indian Shrimp Curry

Photo by catherine.drew

9. Shrimp Red Thai Curry

"This is the quickest and easiest shrimp red Thai curry recipe ever," says MITCHNSTEVE. "Great for an impressive dinner party, because it tastes great but hardly takes any time at all (especially if you buy your prawns already peeled). Serve with hot jasmine rice." It's ready in about 40 minutes.

Shrimp Red Thai Curry

Photo by momma_s

10. Easy Shrimp Lo Mein

Broccoli and mushrooms combine with a quick sauce made with soy, oyster, and fish sauces, plus garlic, ginger, and a little brown sugar. "The sauce is phenomenal," says AV8TOR. "Such a wonderful recipe because you can make it to satisfy individual tastes. We made both shrimp and steak Lo Mein." It's on the table in about 35 minutes.

Easy Shrimp Lo Mein

Photo by Sandy Gillespie

11. Korean Saewoo Bokkeumbap (Shrimp Fried Rice)

Give leftover cooked rice an exciting second act by turning it into this quick-and-easy Korean-style shrimp fried rice. "Simply amazing," says Casablancaise. "I make a variety of fried rice recipes, but this one stands out." Enjoy it with kimchi.

Korean Saewoo Bokkeumbap (Shrimp Fried Rice)

Photo by naples34102

12. Saigon Noodle Salad

"This Vietnamese-style noodle salad is my 'too hot to cook' staple," says AnnInLondon. "It is bursting with flavor and makes great use of leftover grilled meat or shrimp." It's ready in about 30 minutes.

Saigon Noodle Salad

Photo by lutzflcat


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