16 Healthy Shrimp Recipes That Take 15 Minutes (Or Less!)

Time is one of the most valuable assets on a busy weeknight, but eating a healthy dinner is also important. To avoid running to your favorite delivery app or grabbing another bag of greasy fast food on the way home from work, you need to have a few fast food recipes in your back pocket. If you have freezer shrimp and these quick shrimp recipes, you’re only 15 minutes away from a healthy meal.

Shrimp, America’s most popular seafood, can be stored in the freezer and thawed in the fridge the night before or in minutes under cold running water to create a quick weeknight meal the whole family will love. Add some spices, vegetables or pasta and you can have dinner on the table in minutes. These quick shrimp recipes prove that a healthy, restaurant-quality dinner at home is never far away. Plus, don’t miss 22 Meals to Melt Belly Fat in 2022.

Mitch Mandel and Thomas McDonald

This dish is a tribute to prawns al ajillo, a simple yet genius combination of prawns slow-cooked in infused olive oil with lots of garlic, smoked paprika and a touch of spicy heat. Add a side of roasted vegetables and crusty bread and dinner is served.

Get our recipe for Spanish Garlic Shrimp.

prawn and cauliflower grits
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When you reduce the calories and carbs by using cauliflower, you can add flavor in the form of a touch of real butter and Parmesan cheese to these “oatmeals”. The Cajun Seasoned Shrimp adds the perfect spicy kick when served over the creamy faux grits.

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Healthy Coconut Shrimp
Mitch Mandel and Thomas McDonald

Panko and coconut combine into an irresistible coating for shrimp. Serve these crispy oven-fried shrimp with cumin-spiced black beans and asparagus for a complete meal. You can also use the coating on chicken pieces if you have family or friends who are not shrimp fans.

Get our crispy coconut shrimp recipe.

honey garlic prawns
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Skip the takeout and whip up this sweet and savory garlic stir-fry in minutes. Add any vegetable you like and serve over fluffy rice for a complete meal.

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom.

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Shrimp Tacos
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Store-bought coleslaw mix is ​​the key to reducing the work of making these easy spicy shrimp tacos. You can create your own spice blend or cheat and use your favorite seasoning packet.

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spicy shrimp stir fry
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Soy sauce, sambal oelek, rice vinegar, tomato paste, and sugar—though you can also use honey—are the keys to unlocking deep flavor in minutes. Don’t skip the sambal oelek, an Indonesian chili paste; once you add it to a stir-fry, you’ll never go back.

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Fra diavolo healthy prawns
Mitch Mandel and Thomas McDonald

Three simple pantry ingredients – crushed tomatoes, white wine, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes – create the base of this Little Italy favourite.

Get our Low Calorie Fra Diavolo Shrimp Recipe.

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It only takes 6 ingredients and a few minutes to prepare this delicious shrimp noodle dish. The secret is to add 1/4 cup of the cooking water from the starchy noodles when adding soy sauce to stir-fry ingredients to make a scrumptious sauce.

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Low calorie shrimp and oatmeal
Mitch Mandel and Thomas McDonald

A true Southerner might scold you for using quick-cooking oatmeal, but you don’t have to say that. The rest of the ingredients — turkey kielbasa, shrimp, mushrooms, and scallions — come together in minutes on the stovetop.

Get our Southern Style Shrimp and Grits recipe.

Takeout shrimp and broccoli doesn’t take long, but if you have an Instant Pot, it’s a snap. Plus, the flavors of soy sauce, minced garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, brown sugar, and rice wine vinegar will permeate shrimp and vegetables better.

Get our instant shrimp and broccoli recipe.

Paleo Shrimp Rolls
Mitch Mandel and Thomas McDonald

You can quickly boil prawns and drop them in an ice bath or buy pre-cooked cold prawns and then toss with celery, onion, chives, mayonnaise, lemon juice, hot sauce and salt. Pile it all on a grilled hot dog roll and enjoy with your favorite light beer.

Get our recipe for the best shrimp roll ever.

coconut shrimp 2
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The trick to getting the best coating from these air fried shrimp is to toast the coconut before coating the shrimp. Serve it with vegetables and rice for a complete meal.

Get our Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp recipe.

Healthy summer rolls
Mitch Mandel and Thomas McDonald

These healthy rice paper wrapped rolls are filled with shrimp, wafer-thin rice noodles, crunchy vegetables and mango. Serve as a light lunch or dinner with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc on the side.

Get our Shrimp and Mango Summer Rolls recipe.

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Low Calorie Shrimp Lo Mein
Mitch Mandel and Thomas McDonald

The best thing about making your own lo mein is that you can pack it with as many vegetables as you want. This will reduce the calories and increase the fiber level. Plus, the garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, and soy sauce ensure you won’t sacrifice any flavor.

Get our Low Calorie Lo Mein Shrimp recipe.

Garlic Shrimp Scampi Recipe with Linguine on a Marble Counter with Squeezed Lemon
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Once you find the perfect scampi with shrimp recipe, you’ll never pay restaurant prices for such a quick and easy meal again. This one is light on the butter and olive oil and maximizes the garlic and lemon flavor that this classic dish is known for. Add broccoli, which goes well with the lemon butter flavor, for a bit more fiber

Get our Shrimp Scampi With Linguine Pasta recipe.

Healthy Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
Mitch Mandel and Thomas McDonald

If you like a good restaurant spinach salad with a warm bacon dressing, this recipe is for you. We’ve cut calories by maximizing the flavor of the dressing without overdoing the oil or bacon fat. But you still get the crispy bacon and chopped hard-boiled eggs the salad is known for, and the shrimp adds some satiating protein.

Get our recipe for Healthy Shrimp and Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon.

As you can see, it’s easy to fit this low-fat, high-protein shellfish into your nighttime rotation. Be sure to take advantage of frozen shrimp sales and stock up. A quick bath under cold water is all it takes to make shrimp the star of any night.

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