This list of 40 crave-worthy, healthy shrimp recipes are easy to make, filling, and totally perfect for easy lunches, busy weeknights, or relaxed weekend dinners.
40 BEST Healthy Shrimp Recipes to Make Now
It’s the time to of year when cravings begin to make the turn from rich and delicious comfort food—like my buttery, garlic shrimp scampi with a side of sourdough for mopping up all the flavors—to eating lighter with loads of flavor. And that’s where this list of best shrimp recipes for dinner makes its way in.
Whether it’s frozen cooked shrimp or raw with the tails on, shrimp are my number one crustacean protein pick. They’re low in calories and cook in no time for fast and healthy meals. Plus, they’re usually more affordable than fish or other types of shellfish, and you don’t have to worry about mercury.
Whether you sauté them, bake them, grill them, or steam them, shrimp recipes with pasta, rice, or topped on a salad are wonderfully versatile and scrumptious, and I can’t get enough.
And so without further ado, here are 31 healthy, easy, and totally delicious shrimp recipes to make now.
Citrusy shrimp, creamy avocado, and crunchy almond slices are a delicious trifecta in this bright and easy salad that can be made in 30 minutes or less.
Pinch of Yum
The creamy garlic cilantro lime slaw is reason enough to add these crazy-good Baja inspired shrimp tacos to your Taco Tuesday rotation. The fact that they come together in 30 minutes is just an added bonus.
Greek yogurt lightens up this popular favorite and gives the sweet chili and Sriracha shrimp a creamy sauce that’s absolutely irresistible.
Forgoing the traditional cocktail sauce or drawn butter, these grilled shrimp are switching things up and taking a dip into mustard sauce. Do you want sweet? Or are you craving spicy? I know, I couldn’t decide either, so why not dip into both!
A Spicy Perspective
Have am Instant Pot? Let it do all of the work on your bang bang shrimp!
Gimme Some Oven
Flavored and a creamy garlic-parmesan sauce (made with milk), and studded with zesty sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, basil, and shrimp, this penne dish is definitely a keeper.
This healthy Greek-inspired shrimp recipe in a saucy tomato base with feta can be cooked and served as a one-pot skillet dinner, or in a baking dish as a fast and easy-to-make appetizer that’s the first thing to disappear.
These super light and refreshing grilled shrimp wraps feature a quick 30-minute marinade with jalapeños, ginger, and coconut milk, and a mango basil salsa you’re going to want to put on everything.
Bake. Eat. Repeat
You’d never know this Cajun-spiced alfredo was lightened up, thanks to less butter and cheese, and milk instead of cream. It’s so decadent. Plus, it’s ready in under 30 minutes.
Coconut milk, curry, peanut butter, and lime come together to make a rich and flavorful sauce that cloaks these tender shrimpies sautéed with bell pepper. Garnish with fresh cilantro and basil, serve over rice or noodles, close your eyes, and pretend you’re in Thailand.
Creme De La Crumb
These versatile and healthy tacos can be made with chicken, lentils, or shrimp, and are topped with the creamiest, most addicting chipotle sauce.
Little Spice Jar
Plump cherry tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and plenty of garlic deliver tons of flavor and spice to this simple fra-diavolo inspired shrimp pasta.
The secret to this avocado crema sauce is in its simplicity. Just 3 ingredients for all that flavor. The secret ingredient is canned green chile enchilada sauce.
How Sweet Eats
Say adios to sad salads, because this chili and tequila spiked shrimp taco salad will be your new favorite way to get your veggies while still feeling like you’re eating a taco.
Served as a simple appetizer or an easy sheet pan dinner, these baked garlic shrimp crisped with a sprinkle of bread crumbs skip the butter in favor of heart-healthy olive oil.
Classic comfort food fave shrimp and grits gets a healthy makeover when butter, cream, and cheese-laden grits get traded in for cauliflower (um, genius), and topped with a bed of sautéed greens!
Lemon-garlic-butter shrimp and fresh asparagus get baked together and take just 15 minutes from pan to plate! Serve with potatoes, orzo, quinoa, rice, or pasta if you like.
Quick, easy, and totally flavorful, these chipotle lime shrimp bowls with brown rice, black beans, tomatoes and avocado have just the right level of adobo spice with a touch of honey to sweeten up meal prep for any lunch or dinner.
Garlicky shrimp and a sherry and feta spiked tomato sauce are a match made in flavor heaven in this easy comfort food pasta.
These healthy shrimp tacos with tomatillo salsa, avocado crema, and broccoli slaw couldn’t be easier, and totally fit the bill for Taco Tuesday or dinner any night of the week!
A Beautiful Plate
How can you not love a stir fry that comes together in 15 minutes (or less) from start to finish? This one is loaded with flavor from fresh ginger, scallions, soy and sesame, and is light and healthy too.
Coconut shrimp is a favorite for many reasons, but unfortunately it’s usually fried and full of calories. Here, the shrimp is baked (and still just as crunchy), and it’s tossed with a dreamy honey-lime sauce, instead of one with sugar or corn syrup.
The lush orange and lemon citrus sauce coating the pan-seared shrimp leaves out the butter and cream but will still have you dipping your bread in for more.
A Nutritionist Eats
Protein-packed quinoa, mixed greens, cucumber, roasted red peppers, and shrimp get drizzled with an herby lemon-dijon dressing, and sprinkled with feta cheese for a light but satisfying dinner you can feel good about.
The Garlic Diaries
A bed of fluffy parmesan quinoa is the perfect base for some garlicky kale and spicy seared shrimp in this amazing 30-minute meal.
These delicious bowls include sesame-garlic-ginger shrimp that are seared to perfection, brown rice, and sautéed swiss chard, spinach, and edamame. You can throw them together on a whim too — just plan a little ahead to marinate your shrimp, and then it all comes together in no time.
Apple of My Eye
This easy, no-frills pasta is proof that if you have a few really good ingredients, you can make something sublime. Garlicky shrimp and sautéed onion are tossed with linguini and olive oil, and topped with freshly chopped parsley and grated parm. And with just four steps, it all comes together in 30 minutes.
The Recipe Critic
Ditch the calorie and carb heavy burrito and try this healthy bowl instead, featuring spice-rubbed, blackened shrimp and a creamy Greek yogurt avocado cilantro Ranch. Psst, this one is ready in just 20 minutes.
Healthy spiralized zucchini, whole wheat linguine pasta, and garlicky shrimp scampi make a perfect weeknight dinner that’s easy to twirl your fork to.
How Sweet Eats
These hearty, ultra soothing noodle bowls are loaded up with healthy veggies and rice noodles bathing in a light coconut curry broth that’s lip-smacking good.
Pretty Little Apron
Honey, lime, garlic, adobo, a bit of butter, and plenty of fresh cilantro come together to make an addicting sauce for this breezy 3-step shrimp recipe. Serve over rice or quinoa, and in tortillas or salads.
This easy shrimp, zucchini, and orzo pasta recipe straddles the line between a one-pot pasta a 30-minute meal dinner. But with a healthy dose of zucchini and a bit of heat from Mexican flavors, it should actually fall into the wonder-pot category, because it’s all the healthy flavor bites all in one.
Creme De La Crumb
Big Asian flavors make this bright and colorful 30-minute salad sing. Best part? The marinade also doubles as the dressing.
You only need 3 pantry ingredients to make the sauce of this irresistible, low calorie shrimp recipe which you’ll want it on repeat all through the warmer months!
35. Shrimp Lo Mein
This lo mein is the real deal and will totally spoil you so you’ll never want the gloopy takeout version again. Not to mention you can make it in 15 minutes!
MJ and Hungryman
This healthier take on the classic Spanish dish is a winner. Barley subs in for rice, and the paella is studded with bell pepper, zucchini, and peas. Not only is it hearty and nutritious, it’s also full of great aromas and flavors.
This Mediterranean-inspired arugula and pesto shrimp salad is not only super simple to prepare ahead of time for lunch, but because you can meal prep it straight from your pantry and freezer, it’s incredibly easy to make on the fly, too.
One pot is all you need to make this family-friendly, easy weeknight meal that’s healthy and filling. Here, here for barely any cleanup!
Is there a shrimp dish more iconic than scampi? We’re big fans of the flavors, but not big fans of the calories (because you know, carbs and lots of butter). That’s why we’re singing the praises of this lighter version made with zucchini noodles and a lot less butter and oil.
Hearty and nutritious, with pops of antioxidant sweetness, this kale and quinoa salad with baked garlic shrimp puts all things super into the epitome of a super, superfood salad.
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40 Healthy Shrimp Recipes | Citrus Shrimp and Avocado Salad
- 1 pound medium Pan-Seared Citrus Shrimp (I use 31/40 shrimp)
- 8 cups greens (such as arugula, spinach, or spring mix)
- Fruity or lemon-flavored extra virgin olive oil
- Juice of 1/2 lemon or 1/2 orange
- 1 avocado , sliced or diced
- 1 shallot , minced
- 4 ounces sliced almonds , toasted
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Prepare the recipe for the Pan-Seared Citrus Shrimp, or gently warm the leftover shrimp. Or, if you prefer, serve the shrimp chilled.
- Toss the shrimp with the salad greens in a large bowl.
- Lightly drizzle with olive oil, and if desired, some of the sauce remaining from the shrimp with a generous squeeze of citrus, and toss lightly to coat.
- Add the avocado, shallots and sliced almonds and then season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.
- Use some of the citrus sauce from the shrimp as a double duty dressing.
- Or, if you don't have enough sauce for the dressing, simply use a good extra virgin olive oil (I like the lemon flavored varieties) with an additional squeeze of citrus.
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