20 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 delivery app of choice or grabbing another bag of greasy fast food on the way home from work, you need to have some 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 25 Cozy Instant Pot Recipes that are perfect for weight loss.
Low Calorie Shrimp Jambalaya
This classic jambalaya recipe is full of flavor and perfect for those trying to eat less carbs. The recipe calls for cooking your rice on the stovetop, but if you’re looking to save time and cook this one in less than 15 minutes, go ahead and throw your rice in an instant pot instead.
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Chipotle Shrimp Quesadilla
Shrimp and cheese go together perfectly, and this simple quesadilla recipe is the perfect way to enjoy that combination. It takes a few extra minutes to marinate your shrimp ahead of time, but once your ingredients are ready, your cooking time will be around 15 minutes.
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Easy Shrimp Pad Thai
Pad Thai is delicious, but many homemade recipes are time consuming and use tons of ingredients. This recipe from Feasting At Home is much simpler and will only take you about 15 minutes to cook.
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Garlic prawns in a lemon butter sauce
If you’re a fan of shrimp, you know how tasty it can be to eat with just a light buttery sauce. This Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe is perfect for garlic and shellfish lovers.
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Spanish garlic prawns
This dish is a tribute to prawns al ajillo, a simple but brilliant combination of prawns slowly cooked in infused olive oil with lots of garlic, smoked paprika and a touch of spiciness. Add a side of roasted vegetables and crusty bread and dinner is served.
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Cauliflower Grits with Blackened Shrimp
When you cut calories and carbs by using cauliflower, you can add flavor in the form of a touch of real butter and Parmesan cheese to those “grains.” The Cajun Seasoned Shrimp adds the perfect spicy kick when served over the creamy faux grits.
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Crispy Coconut Shrimp
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.
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Stir-fried prawns with honey and garlic
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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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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Stir-fried spicy shrimp in 15 minutes
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 Low Calorie Prawns
Three simple pantry ingredients – crushed tomatoes, white wine, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes – create the base of this Little Italy favourite.
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Easy to eat fun noodles with prawns and scampi in 15 minutes
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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Southern Style Shrimp and Grits
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.
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Instant Pot Shrimp and Broccoli
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.
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Best Shrimp Roll
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.
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Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
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.
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Versatile Shrimp and Mango Summer Rolls
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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Lo Mein Low Calorie Shrimp
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.
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Shrimp Scampi With Linguine Pasta
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
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Healthy Shrimp and Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon
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 grease. But you still get the crispy bacon and chopped hard-boiled eggs the salad is known for, and the shrimp adds some satiating protein.
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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. You can enjoy these recipes for yourself or prepare them for the whole family.
An original version of this article was published in August 2022. It has been updated to include more entries.