Shrimp recipes are ideal for fast and healthy dinners! Here are the best shrimp dinner ideas that are easy and full of big flavor.

Shrimp recipes, shrimp dinner ideas

If you’re looking to eat a quick and healthy dinner, shrimp is where it’s at! Shrimp can go from zero to dinner incredibly fast: it cooks up in just 3 minutes! It’s also juicy, flavorful, and seriously satisfying. The best shrimp recipes for dinner play on the quick and simple nature of cooking this juicy crustacean. This list includes both healthy shrimp recipes and simple, crowd-pleasing spins (like pasta and scampi). Ready for our go-to shrimp dinner ideas?

And now: our top shrimp recipes!

How to buy high quality shrimp: a few tips

Lastly, a little note about what to look for when buying shrimp. In researching how to buy sustainable seafood, we’ve learned a few pointers:

  • Look for wild caught if possible, or find a well-regulated farm. Fish that is wild caught in your country is usually a sustainable choice. There are also quality options in well-regulated farms; see Seafood Watch Consumer Guide.
  • Frozen shrimp is also high quality. A myth about fish is that “fresh is best.” As soon as an animal dies it begins to decompose; freezing suspends this process. If the shrimp is frozen when it was caught and stays frozen until it gets to your kitchen, it will be higher quality than a raw fish that has taken a week to get to your plate.
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Shrimp Bowl

40 Easy Shrimp Recipes

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This sheet pan shrimp bake is just like a shrimp boil, but easy enough for weeknights! It’s one of the best shrimp recipes for dinner.


  • 1 recipe Cilantro Lime Rice
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, deveined (tail on or peeled)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon each kosher salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 15-ounce can corn
  • 1 cup pico de gallo 
  • 1 recipe Chipotle Ranch Dressing
  • For serving: avocado slices, cherry tomatoes (optional)


  1. Start the rice: Start the Cilantro Lime Rice (open the rice recipe in a separate tab).
  2. Cook the shrimp: Thaw the shrimp, if using frozen. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or preheat the broiler (or you can sauté it: keep reading!). Pat the shrimp dry. Mix it in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and spices. Place the shrimp in an even layer on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper, if you’re baking). Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake until juicy and opaque, about 4 to 6 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp. Or for broiling, broil for 3 to 6 minutes, until juicy and opaque, rotating the tray as necessary for even cooking. If you prefer, you can sauté the shrimp: In a large skillet, heat the butter on medium high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side until just opaque and cooked through, turning them with tongs.
  3. Make the beans and corn: Meanwhile, drain and rinse the beans. Drain the corn. In a medium bowl, mix the beans, corn, and pico de gallo with ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  4. Make the dressing: Go to Chipotle Ranch Dressing.
  5. Serve: To serve, place the rice, black bean corn salad, and shrimp in a bowl. Add avocado and cherry tomatoes, if using. Drizzle with dressing and top with extra chopped cilantro (leftover from the rice). 
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Shrimp Recipes, Shrimp Dinner Ideas, Best Shrimp Recipes for Dinner, Healthy Shrimp Recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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