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. 

shrimp over pasta on a white platter

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!

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!

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!

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!

What is your favorite way to prepare shrimp? Do you like them sautéed, grilled, or baked?

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18 Healthy Shrimp Recipes

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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.




1/4 cup teriyaki marinade

1/4 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon lime juice or white vinegar

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

Power Bowls

16 fresh pineapple chunks (about 1 1/2 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 

  • 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