21 Fast and Healthy Shrimp Recipes

Curried Shrimp and Carrot Bouillabaisse

For days when you're looking for a lighter lunch or dinner, shrimp a great option to leave you satisfied and with time to spare. Try dishes like Hugh Acheson's grilled shrimp with apples and charred scallion and a quick shrimp pad-thai. Read on for more of our favorite fast and healthy shrimp recipes.

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Gingered Stir-Fry with Shrimp and Snow Peas

Gingered Stir-Fry with Shrimp and Snow Peas. Photo © Antonis Achilleos
© Antonis Achilleos

Large nonstick skillets that can create a sear are ideal for stir-fries. For this recipe, F&W's Grace Parisi creates layers of flavor with Chinese chile-garlic sauce and matchsticks of fresh ginger.

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Mama Chang's Stir-Fried Shrimp and Scallions

Mama Chang's Stir-Fried Shrimp and Scallions
© Fredrika Stjärne

Joanne Chang's mother used to make this sweet-and-spicy shrimp stir-fry all the time. When she was old enough to cook, Chang asked her mom for the recipe. "She hemmed and hawed until she finally gave it to me, revealing her secret ingredient: ketchup."

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Shrimp Cocktail with Marie Rose Sauce

Shrimp Cocktail with Marie Rose Sauce.
© Tina Rupp

Chef and Food Network Canada star Anthony Sedlak spikes the '70s throwback Marie Rose sauce (mayonnaise and a touch of ketchup) with brandy and horseradish. It's fantastic with shrimp cocktail as well as fried seafood like battered cod.

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Shrimp-and-Pork Dumplings with Bamboo Shoots

Shrimp-and-Pork Dumplings with Bamboo Shoots

Chef Martin Yan makes his delicate dumpling wrappers with cornstarch, wheat starch, water and shortening. For an easier way, wonton wrappers, usually sold in the freezer section of the supermarket, make quick work of dumplings.

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Sweet-and-Sour Shrimp

Sweet-and-Sour Shrimp

Trying to create an alternative to Heinz and Hunt's, two Brown University undergrads created Sir Kensington's, a small-batch ketchup that balances sweet and tangy (sirkensingtons.com). To show off its aromatic side, F&W's Grace Parisi uses it in a sauce for a shrimp stir-fry.

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Grilled Shrimp with Apple and Charred Scallions

Grilled Shrimp with Apple and Charred Scallions
© Fredrika Stjärne

"Shrimp come from all over the world, but I think the kind from coastal Georgia and the Gulf is the best—and it's pretty much a sustainable product," says Hugh Acheson. Here, he prepares the shrimp as a light appetizer with green apple, charred scallions, smoked paprika and sesame seeds.

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Marseille-Style Shrimp Stew

Marseille-Style Shrimp Stew
Johnny Valiant

Large shrimp make this a knife-and-fork stew. Melissa Clark spreads a garlicky French rouille on toasts for dipping in the stew.

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Quick Shrimp Pad Thai

Quick Shrimp Pad Thai

This is a great, fast version of American-style pad thai, with an appealing combination of sweet, sour and spicy flavors. Look for the noodles in the Asian section of markets.

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Goan Shrimp Curry

Goan Shrimp Curry
© David Malosh

Sanjeev Kapoor and his wife, Alyona, love beach vacations in Goa. Kapoor prepares this shrimp curry in typical Goan style, so it's tangy, spicy and vibrant.

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Grilled Shrimp with Mom's Avocado-and-Orange Salad

Grilled Shrimp with Mom's Avocado-and-Orange Salad. Photo © Tina Rupp
© Tina Rupp

Andrew Carmellini's dish is a mix of two beloved salads: shrimp-avocado and shrimp-citrus. He throws in a few surprises, too, like the hot sauce in the dressing. He recommends a fruity one from the Caribbean made with habaneros: "Habaneros are crazy," he says.

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Smoky Citrus Shrimp with Parsley

Smoky Citrus Shrimp with Parsley
© Quentin Bacon

Grub co-author Bryant Terry eats these tangy, garlicky shrimp piled high on crispy toasts, but sometimes he sandwiches them inside a quesadilla oozing with shredded Jack cheese. He recommends buying wild-caught or sustainably raised shrimp from the United States or Canada, where environmental standards are stricter than in places like Latin America and Southeast Asia.

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Creole Shrimp with Garlic and Lemon

Creole Shrimp with Garlic and Lemon
© Quentin Bacon

Eco-minded chefs are cooking with wild American shrimp, but not just for ethical reasons. As Tory McPhail of Commander's Palace in New Orleans says, "They taste cleaner and crisper, since they swim in the tides."

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Smoky Paella with Shrimp and Squid

Smoky Paella with Shrimp and Squid
© Quentin Bacon

José Andrés prepares this satisfying rice dish with lots of seafood, including hard-to-find cuttlefish, and a house-made fish stock. To make it even easier, use squid in place of the cuttlefish, and skip the fish stock in favor of bottled clam broth from the supermarket.

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Shrimp with Fresh Citrus Sauce

Shrimp with Fresh Citrus Sauce
© Tina Rupp

Andrew Carmellini's sauce uses blood oranges, tangelos, clementines and tangerines. He sautés the shrimp separately. To make it even easier, prepare a fast citrus sauce by adding grapefruit juice to the skillet as you cook the shrimp.

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Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas

Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas
© James Baigrie

To create this Southwestern-inspired dish, Melissa Rubel Jacobson tosses shrimp with chipotle chile powder (made from dried, smoked jalapeños), grills them, then layers them on top of crunchy fried corn tortillas and crisp, citrusy slaw.

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Soba Noodles with Grilled Shrimp and Cilantro

Soba Noodles with Grilled Shrimp and Cilantro
© Stephanie Foley

Garlicky, spicy and bright with lime, this noodle dish is both warming and energizing, according to Thai tradition. Just don't skimp on the lime wedges or cilantro: "The sour juice protects the respiratory system in the early spring," Su-Mei Yu says, "and cilantro helps when you're congested."

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Grilled Miso Shrimp

Grilled Miso Shrimp
© Con Poulos

When grilling shrimp or scallops, use sticks of lemongrass or sprigs of rosemary as an alternative to metal or bamboo skewers.

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Shrimp Saganaki

Shrimp Saganaki

For shrimp saganaki, Greeks sauté shrimp in a pan with tomatoes, olives and feta cheese, then serve it right out of the skillet with bread to soak up all the delicious juices. Grace Parisi stirs fresh dill into her quick version to brighten the flavor.

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Spinach-and-Shrimp Salad with Chile Dressing

Spinach-and-Shrimp Salad with Chile Dressing
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Miso Soup with Shrimp and Tofu

Miso Soup with Shrimp and Tofu

No soup is quicker to prepare than miso; just whisk miso paste into water. By adding shrimp, tofu and greens, it can double as a complete and light meal. Feel free to use leftover chicken or roast pork (or whatever else is at hand) in place of the shrimp.

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Curried Shrimp and Carrot Bouillabaisse

Curried Shrimp and Carrot Bouillabaisse
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