Easy Shrimp Recipes – I have added 7 of our easy shrimp recipes to make it easier for you to plan great weeknight dinners. As a family of 5, we are always creating easy shrimp recipes that are ready in less than 30 minutes.
Easy Shrimp Recipes Support an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
If you follow an anti-inflammatory diet, then you will want to eat clean Omega-3 rich seafood several times a week. By adding a few of these easy shrimp recipes to your menu each week, you are getting the fish-based protein and Omega-3’s that your body needs.
I have found that having simple and easy shrimp recipes at your disposal, you’re more likely going to pull out a bag of frozen shrimp and know just what to serve. Plus, it’s such a quick and delicious way to get the long-chain omega-3’s to reduce inflammation. In addition, shrimp provide a unique source of a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient called astaxanthin, a carotenoid responsible shrimp’s beautiful coloring.
Shrimp is also such a great source of selenium. It’s an essential mineral that plays a critical role in helping your body manufacture the ultimate anti-inflammatory antioxidants and detoxifiers, glutathione.
Since shrimp is the most popular seafood in the U.S., chances are pretty good that serving shrimp for dinner will go over well with most everyone at the table.
Tastiest Easy Shrimp Recipes Begin with the Healthiest Shrimp
If you are new to clean eating you may not realize what a muddled, murky mess the seafood industry has become. And if you are a dedicated clean eater you may have heard enough to have made the choice to avoid seafood altogether. But here’s the deal: while you most certainly should be aware of the cleanliness “issues” associated with seafood, clean seafood sources do still exist.
Clean seafood is such a nutritious food. It contains many nutrients that are just not available or not abundant in other foods. Therefore, crossing seafood off your “clean eating” list is going to extremes. And there is certainly no need to shun shrimp if you know what to look for.
Regardless of whether you are looking for easy shrimp recipes that are good for you or for recipes that simply taste good, reading the information in the two links below will help you make the best shrimp selection. And by best, I mean the tastiest, cleanest and healthiest shrimp.
How to make Easy Shrimp Recipes
We LOVE easy shrimp recipes. The more than you make an effort to buy shrimp on a weekly basis, the more like you are to make our easy shrimp recipes. Eventually, they will become second nature.
Keep Shrimp On Hand
For us, the Mojo Shrimp is an easy go-to (linked below). If I have a lime and orange around, I can squeeze fresh juice along with garlic into our shrimp saute and make a delicious shrimp dish in minutes.
Load Your Grocery Cart with Fresh Vegetables
My best advice to ensure you can always make a delicious easy shrimp recipe is to keep plenty of fresh vegetables readily available. I always have Spanish onion, fresh garlic, citrus fruits, red and green bell peppers, carrots, celery, fennel bulb and seasonings on hand.
The more prepared you are to make a healthy dinner, the more likely you can!
7 Clean Cuisine Easy Shrimp Recipes
I have a number of different ways that I like to prepare shrimp. But, out of all the recipes I’ve made, these are 7 recipes I find myself making over and over again. Once you establish your easy shrimp recipe to go-to, you’ll have no issues weaving this healthy and anti-inflammatory dish into your menu.
This easy shrimp recipe Mojo Shrimp recipe is derived from the famous Cuban marinade that is typically made with a sour orange. But outside of Florida, it’s not easy to find. So, Amanda paired orange juice and lime juice together and the flavor is incredible and CLEAN!
All you have to do is make a few zucchini’s of noodles using a spiralizer and saute your shrimp with a handful of common spices and you’ll have this easy shrimp recipe made in no time. Click here for the full recipe.
This delicious southern Shrimp and Grits recipe is one of my absolute favorites. You must make this soon. The shrimp are seasoned with Old Bay and the grits are clean and healthy using pine nut cream sauce. This easy shrimp recipe is an absolute must!
#4: Spicy Shrimp Recipe (Not THAT spicy!)
This Spicy Shrimp Recipe might sound a bit intimidating if fiery red hot chili peppers are not your thing. But this dish is not spicy in a chicken-wing-hot-kind-of-way, but rather in a taco seasoning spiced sort of way. You’re going to love it. Try it out and add it to your new arsenal of easy shrimp recipes to enjoy.
If you didn’t think the taco seasoning shrimp above was going to be enough for you, then you must try this Chipotle Spiced Shrimp recipe is for you. Trust me, you will love a little bit of spice in your food, you’re going to love this simple Chipotle Spiced Shrimp.
This Creamy Shrimp Pasta recipe is one of our family favorites. Plus, it just so happens to be dairy free and gluten free and a very easy shrimp recipe to make. Which means it’s not only healthier for your body, but you can eat an entire bowl of this pasta dish and not feel any gut discomfort whatsoever.
#7: Shrimp Skillet with Corn, Artichokes and Parsley Cream (see recipe below)
This Shrimp Skillet is such an EASY shrimp recipe. Just saute a few things, puree a few things and add some black or brown rice to your dish. A piece of cake, if you ask me. Get the entire recipe down below and then, of course, leave me a comment telling me what you think.
That’s it folks! My 7 easy shrimp recipes that are begging to be added to your menu next week. But, if you don’t want to eat shrimp 7 days in a row — of course, spread them all out over 2 weeks.
Either way, make an effort to add this delicious (and nutritious) dish to your menu!
This one dish Shrimp Skillet is so delicious. The recipe is rich, filling and truly delicious. It is perfect for weeknights too because it takes advantage of the use of low-prep/ low-stress frozen vegetables.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 2 packages frozen artichokes
- 1 tablespoons plus 3 teaspoons , divided
- Unrefined sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ pounds wild shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons white wine
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup pine nuts
- 2 ½ cups finely chopped parsley, divided
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cups frozen organic corn, thawed
ROAST THE ARTICHOKES:
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and arrange the frozen artichokes on top. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of oil on top of the frozen artichokes, season with salt and pepper to taste, and gently toss the artichokes.
- Roast for 30 minutes. Then, remove the artichokes from the oven and set aside to cool.
PREPARE THE SHRIMP SKILLET:
- While the artichokes are roasting, rinse the shrimp with cool running water and pat very, very dry with paper towels. Season both sides of the shrimp with salt.
- Pour 1 tablespoon of the oil into a large, heavy skillet, tilt the pan to coat the bottom and heat over medium-high heat.
- When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and cook, without flipping the shrimp, for exactly 1 minute. Without touching the shrimp, add 2 tablespoons of the minced garlic and cook for another 60 seconds.
- Carefully flip each shrimp over and cook for 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the shrimp to a bowl.
- In a high speed blender, add the wine, lemon juice, water, the remainder of the minced garlic, pine nuts and ½ cup of the chopped parsley. Process until smooth and creamy. Season with salt to taste. Set parsley “cream” sauce aside.
- Return the “dirty” skillet used to cook the shrimp to the stovetop and add in the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil; heat the skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the onions and cook 6 to 7 minutes, or until soft. Season with salt.
- Add the shrimp and parsley “cream” sauce to the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Gently fold in the thawed corn and roasted artichokes and then heat, without stirring, for 1 minute.
- Remove skillet from the heat and gently stir in the remaining 2 cups of finely chopped parsley. Serve at once.
15 Tips to Buying the Healthiest Fish
If you’re not sure how to choose the healthiest shrimp for our easy shrimp recipes, this is a great place to start. Luckily, this list is not just for shrimp, but also helping you choose healthy fish in general.
|1. Go for small fish.|
2. Choose local or domestic over imported.
3. Choose wild fish when possible.
4. Choose wild Alaskan salmon or sockeye salmon over farmed.
5. Know where and how farmed fish are raised.
6. Go native and buy local if you are lucky enough to live near the coast.
7. Look for the blue Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel. To get the highest quality fish of any variety, you want to look for sustainable fish that have met the independent environmental standards of the MSC.
8. Avoid fish labeled “fresh from frozen”, which means the fish has been previously frozen and then thawed and displayed as if it were fresh. “Fresh from frozen” fish may look fresh and they are almost always cheaper, but you will absolutely get what you pay for.
9. Buy fish from a reputable source. Frozen fish can also be a good option. Keep in mind, because the journey from sea to market may take a week or longer, frozen fish can actually end up tasting fresher than fresh fish.
10. Avoid fish that has been given antibiotics and added growth hormones.
11. Avoid fish that has been given poultry or mammalian by-products in its feed.
12. Avoid fish containing preservatives such as sodium bisulfite, sodium tripolyphosphate (STP), and sodium metabisulfite.
13. Prepare your fish healthfully! If you drown your fish in béarnaise sauce or fry it in vegetable oil, you might as well eat a doughnut.
14. Get to know your fishmonger! Ask questions. Where does the fish swim? What does the fish eat?
15. Go for quality over quantity. You don’t need to eat massive amounts of fish to reap their omega-3 benefits, so you can afford to spend more for better quality.
Want to learn more? Check out this incredible guide: Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Guide for Shrimp
Easy Shrimp Recipes for Weeknight Dinners
After you buy your shrimp, you can find plenty of creative and easy shrimp recipes online. For mouthwatering inspiration, check out Cooking Light’s round up of 100 best shrimp recipes.
You can also check out Bon Appetit’s simple but so delicious recipe for Stir Fried Grains with Shrimp and Eggs. The only change I make to this recipe is swapping organic red palm oil for the vegetable oil. In addition, I use only about 2 tablespoons instead of the 5 called for in the recipe. I also use organic, pastured eggs.