Most often, shrimp are considered bland or simply put aside in the deep fryer. And although they are small in size, shrimp can have great flavor and nutritional benefits. Just one serving from these little guys provides immunity-boosting iodine, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and even cancer-fighting carotenoids.
These nine healthy and delicious meals cover a range of cuisines around the world and prove that shrimp are far more versatile than seafood skeptics realize.
1. Stir-fried Asian noodles with zucchini and shrimp
With classic Asian flavors like soy sauce and hoisin, it’s like your typical stir-fried shrimp dish, except for the fact that it uses a fraction of the oil and replaces the regular noodles with spiral zucchini. It’s a take-out fake that will be on your table in 30 minutes or less.
2. Paleo bang bang shrimp tacos
Gluten-free tapioca starch coats the shrimp in this pan-fried version of a typical fried dish. While every component of the recipe, from the chili sauce to the tortillas, is homemade, feel free to swap store-bought versions in a snap.
3. Shrimps in garlic butter and quinoa
A healthy recipe with the word “butter” in its title ?! Yes, this saturated stuff can be part of a nutritious diet, and combined with garlic, it’s one of the tastiest ways to cook shrimp. If you’re not a big fan of quinoa, this meal will change your mind.
4. Simple Shrimp and Guacamole Tostadas
Essentially a crispy open-faced sandwich, this tostada recipe eliminates the messy spatter that comes with frying a tortilla. An oven-baked version also works well as a stacking base with spicy cumin shrimp, sautéed vegetables, and guac.
5. 10-minute spicy shrimp stir-fry
Stir-fry, by definition, is meant to be quick, and this meal is ready in a snap while also being healthy and delicious. Make the most of the 10 minutes by mixing the simple but tasty soy and sesame sauce while the shrimp cooks.
6. Tropical shrimp lettuce wraps
Here, it’s all about complementary flavors. The savory shrimp and avocado are served with juicy chunks of pineapple and mango, and it’s drizzled with a salty soy sauce and sweet teriyaki sauce. Mouth watering.
7. Baked shrimps in tomato and feta sauce
Feta and parsley add a Greek-inspired touch to the shrimp in this rich yet nutritious dish, a tasty way to disprove the idea that fish and cheese don’t go together.
8. Coconut curry with shrimp and vegetables
Dress your shrimp with a velvety coat of curried coconut milk, then accessorize them with lots of vegetables. It will be a stumbling block on any dinner table.
9. Lemon Orzo Shrimp in One Jar
This recipe is the very definition of simplicity: even the orzo itself cooked directly in the pot next to the shrimp! We would say that minimal cleaning on its own is enough motivation to achieve this.