18 Healthy Shrimp Recipes
Shrimp is one of my favorite proteins. It’s quick, convenient, and always a savory treat no matter how it’s prepared. And these healthy shrimp recipes – the best that I’ve come across – really showcase how delicious everyone’s favorite little crustacean can be.
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Why We Love Cooking With Shrimp
You can keep a bag of shrimp on hand in your freezer or run to your local fishmonger and know that you will always have a healthy and delicious dinner that’ll be ready in no time. If you feel intimated when shopping or cooking shrimp – because there are so many questions about which to type buy and how to not overcook – not to worry! This Healthy Shrimp Recipe post has so many great tips to answer all your shrimp-y questions!
So if you ever find yourself wondering ‘what can I make with this bag of cooked frozen shrimp I picked up?’ or ‘can I make an elegant dinner under 30-minutes?’ or even ‘can I just air fry these pink beauties and enjoy’, I’ve rounded up 18 easy shrimp recipes that will surely answer these questions and more. Oh, and if you’re wondering, I say yes, yes you can certainly just air fry and enjoy!
Is shrimp good for a healthy diet?
Shrimp is great for a healthy diet. These delicious pink crustaceans are a low-calorie, low-fat, low-carb source of protein. If cooked properly, shrimp can be a healthy addition to any lifestyle or diet.
What is the healthiest way to eat shrimp?
While shrimp is a low-calorie source of protein, it needs to be prepared properly in order to maintain its health benefits. The healthiest way to cook shrimp is to steam or grill. Serve your steamed or grilled shrimp with salads and low-calorie pasta for a completely balanced meal.
What can you have with shrimp?
Shrimp is an extremely versatile protein source and pairs well with many side dishes. If you’re looking to complete your healthy meal, serve with: a fresh salad, roasted vegetables, pasta or rice, grilled fruit and vegetable kabobs, or creamy avocados. Some classic combinations are Shrimp and Grits together as well as Shrimp Gumbo too.
What can I use cooked shrimp for?
Cooked shrimp, whether pre-cooked from the grocery store or leftovers you made, is perfect when you’re looking to whip up a delicious and effortless meal. Toss into a salad or grain bowl, add to a soup as a protein source, use in lettuce wraps or spring rolls, or add to a pasta dish to make it more hearty and filling.
Now without further ado, I give you the best shrimp recipes on the internet:
Best Healthy Shrimp Recipes
Mexican Inspired Shrimp Dishes
A flavorful Mexican inspired dish is always a welcome addition to any busy weeknight dinner or next-day lunch. I love serving these spicy dishes with fresh crisp vegetables and creamy beans to make them filling and good for you!
Black Bean and Jicama Shrimp Salad
This Mexican jicama shrimp salad with jicama, avocado and grapefruit is the perfect light meal and the left-overs will make a stellar healthy lunch too because it’s full of healthy vegetables and beans for protein!
Easy Camarones a la Diabla
Camarones a la Diabla or Mexican deviled shrimp are plump, tender shrimp, seared in a skillet, and then tossed in a rich, fiery sauce made from dried chiles.
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
This easy Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe is made with fresh ingredients like jicama, bell pepper, tomatoes, cilantro and all come together to create an unforgettably delicious shrimp appetizer. This is a perfect dish to serve for a lighter fare, and it pairs perfectly with a margarita!
Easy Al Pastor Shrimp Tacos
Healthy and easy al pastor shrimp tacos are loaded with simple ingredients like fresh pineapple, refried black beans, tangy homemade carrot slaw, and served on toasted corn tortillas. This incredibly tasty and simple taco recipe is ready in 15 minutes and is bound to be a family favorite!
Blackened Shrimp Salad Recipe
Blackened Shrimp Salad is loaded with tons of flavor and piled high with fresh and healthy ingredients like salsa, corn, black beans, avocado, and spicy blackened shrimp. It's a low calorie, low carb and gluten free meal that is great for a hearty lunch or lighter dinner!
Cajun Shrimp Fajita Pan Recipe
A low-carb Cajun Shrimp Fajita Pan with a spicy twist. This keto and paleo skillet meal includes creamy avocado chunks and tangy lime. And, it’s ready in under 30 minutes.
Easy One Pan Shrimp Dishes
One pan dishes are perfect to make on those busy weeknights when you want a tasty meal but are short on time. These one pan shrimp dishes are full of flavor, easy to make, and clean up couldn't be easier!
Shrimp and Sausage
This Shrimp and Sausage recipe is a super simple one pan meal perfect for those busy weeknight dinners. It’s made with chicken sausage, peppers, onion, celery, shrimp and potatoes make it a complete one pan meal!
Lemon Garlic Shrimp
Lemon Garlic Shrimp is an easy 20-minute entrée that's made with sautéed lemon garlic shrimp with parsley. It's simple, paleo and gluten-free!
Shrimp and Potatoes Recipe – One Pan
This naturally gluten-free, under 400 calories dish is a healthy sheet pan meal that boasts flavorful shrimp and potatoes with broccoli – with a scrumptious garlic butter sauce and finished with a squeeze lemon juice to add a touch of zest.
Greek Shrimp Skillet
This Greek shrimp skillet is an easy 30 minute meal with tomatoes, spinach, Kalamata olives, feta and lots of fresh oregano and lemon flavor.
Honey Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry
This honey garlic shrimp stir fry is shrimp and broccoli tossed in a super easy sweet and savory sauce. A healthier dinner option that everyone will love!
Grilled Shrimp Dishes
Grilled shrimp recipes are incredibly easy to make, require very little prep, and clean up is a breeze. So, if you are lacking motivation to cook, turn up the grill and try one of these amazingly quick and tasty grilled shrimp recipes!
These grilled shrimp kebabs are savory, low carb skewers with rosemary, garlic and cherry tomatoes. With quick and easy clean up, this dish is great for busy weeknights with your family.
Grilled Shrimp, Pineapple, and Avocado Kabobs
If you’re looking for a healthy and flavorful dinner, these shrimp and pineapple kabobs drizzled with a citrus vinaigrette are just the ticket! Thread fresh shrimp, pineapple, and avocado onto wooden skewers, and fire up the grill. They’ll be ready to eat in just 10 minutes. Gluten-free and paleo.
Shrimp Foil Packets With Zucchini (Campfire, BBQ, Air Fryer + Instant Pot)
These make-ahead Shrimp Foil Packs are full of juicy shrimp, quick-cook veggies, and everyday spices. The bonus is that they require minimal prep and no cleanup. Perfect for all lifestyles including gluten-free, keto, paleo, and low-carb diets.
Comforting Shrimp Dishes
A comforting shrimp dish is always a welcome addition to a cold day or night,
especially if the dish makes you feel warm and happy inside. I love that all these hearty and comforting dishes come together under an hour!
Spicy Shrimp and Cheese Grits with Tomato
This gluten-free Spicy Shrimp and Cheese Grits with Tomatoes is a fast, delicious, and healthy recipe. Ready in 17 minutes, the shrimp are sauced in spicy tomatoes with garlic and spooned over creamy cheesy grits. And one thing is for sure, this comforting dish will be a family-favorite in no time!
Shrimp and Corn with Cheese Grits
This Shrimp and Corn with Cheese Grits is an easy, delicious, and comforting dish that the whole family will love. The shrimp are sautéed with sweet corn and tomatoes and then spooned over creamy cheesy grits. Naturally gluten-free and ready under 30 minutes from start to finish!
Shrimp Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce
These yummy shrimp spring rolls are made with plump, juicy shrimp, loads of crisp veggies and creamy avocado wrapped in rice paper. The peanut dipping sauce is made with fresh ginger, peanut butter and soy sauce and is totally scrumptious!
Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe
This air fryer shrimp is crispy and delicious with little added oil. It can be served either as an appetizer or a main dish with your favorite sides. It is low fat, healthy, and super flavorful.
Easy Shrimp & Asparagus Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce
Shrimp lovers, listen up! I have the most perfect springtime entree made with Angel Hair Pasta, juicy shrimp, and fresh asparagus. This Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta comes together in a quick lemon cream sauce with fresh herbs for a weeknight meal that’s ready in just a half-hour!
What is your favorite way to prepare shrimp? Do you like them sautéed, grilled, or baked?Print
18 Healthy Shrimp Recipes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 bowls 1x
Here is a collection of some of our all time favorite healthy shrimp recipes. This recipe for Grain-free Grilled shrimp and pineapple power bowls with is drizzled with easy orange teriyaki dressing.
¼ cup teriyaki marinade
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon lime juice or white vinegar
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
16 fresh pineapple chunks (about 1 ½ cups)
1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp
1 tablespoon avocado oil
2 12-ounce bags frozen cauliflower rice, heated according to package instructions
1 diced red bell pepper
1 cup shredded carrots
2/3 cup Hawaiian BBQ Salad Topper (or similar)
Fresh cilantro, mint and lime for garnish
- Preheat grill to high heat. If using vegetable grill basket, add to grill to preheat. Meanwhile, whisk together dressing by combining teriyaki marinade, orange juice, lime juice (or vinegar) and sesame oil. Set aside.
- Brush pineapple and shrimp with avocado oil. Grill, turning occasionally, until the shrimp is cooked through, about 4 minutes, and the pineapple is charred, about 5 minutes.
- Divide cauliflower rice among four large bowls. Add on peppers, carrots, shrimp and pineapple. Top with Hawaiian BBQ Salad topper. Drizzle the dressing over the bowls, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with cilantro and mint and serve with lime wedges.
Look for large or jump shrimp. We recommend buying sustainable shrimp. Find it in the freezer section of the meat and seafood department with eco certifications. Find more information at Seafoodwatch.org.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Category: Salad
- Method: Grilling
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 270
- Sugar: 15 g
- Fat: 7 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Carbohydrates: 31
- Fiber: 7 g
- Protein: 21
Keywords: Shrimp power bowls,healthy shrimp recipes
My family loves shrimp, so I can’t wait to try ALL of these! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for such a vast and interesting collection. Saved on one of my best recipe listings
Shrimp is always on my menu so this collection of recipes is perfect in my book. So many delicious options and different ways to prepare shrimp.
This fantastic collection of recipes is “shrimply” the best! Love all the different ways to enjoy tasty shrimp. Another winning roundup from Healthy Seasonal Recipes!
There are SO many good shrimp recipes in this roundup I don’t even know where to start! We’re such big shrimp eaters in my family that I think the Lemon Garlic Shrimp is going to be a favorite. Perhaps I’ll just work my way through the list.