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10 Healthy Shrimp Recipes to Try This Week

March 16, 2024
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Shrimp is one of our weeknight dinner heroes: It’s a good source of protein, it’s widely available, it cooks in minutes, and it’s so versatile. So many recipes call for breading and frying it, or loading it with a heavy sauce, but there are so many other approaches to cooking shrimp. And you don’t need to do much to create a healthy dish with it — just a few fresh ingredients and spices, and you’re well on your way to a quick, healthy dinner. 

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1. Shrimp Tacos

Healthy Shrimp Recipes, Shrimp Tacos, Courtesy of Well Plated

Courtesy of Well Plated

Filling tacos with shrimp is a great way to keep dinner healthy, light, and flavorful. For the perfect bite, go with medium-sized shrimp. In this recipe, you toss them with chili powder, cumin, and chipotle powder, and pair them with a cool and crunchy slaw.

Try this recipe from Well Plated.

2. Sheet Pan Mediterranean Shrimp

Mediterranean Shrimp, Courtesy of Garden in the Kitchen

Courtesy of Garden in the Kitchen

Toss some heart-healthy Mediterranean ingredients like olive oil, oregano, lemon, feta, and olives with shrimp and you’ll dine on a colorful meal loaded with flavor. Everything cooks on one sheet pan in under 10 minutes, so dinner prep and clean-up are both a breeze. 

Try this recipe from Garden in the Kitchen.

3. Easy Cajun Shrimp Recipe

Healthy Shrimp Recipes, Cajun Shrimp, Courtesy of Healthy Fitness Meals

Courtesy of Healthy Fitness Meals

Get some rice ready (white, brown, cauli) to pair with this simple Cajun shrimp, which basically calls for just two ingredients besides oil, salt, and pepper. Toss a salad to go with it, or make your favorite veggie side dish.

Try this recipe from Healthy Fitness Meals.

4. Healthy Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Shrimp Scampi, Courtesy of Lite Cravings

Courtesy of Lite Cravings

An Italian-American favorite gets a makeover thanks to whole wheat pasta. This recipe uses less butter and cheese than traditional scampi recipes, but it’s just as tasty. Lemon and red pepper flakes give it tons of bright, zippy flavor, too. 

Try this recipe from Lite Cravings.

5. Saucy Garlic Butter Shrimp in Coconut Milk

Healthy Shrimp Recipes, Garlic Butter and Coconut Milk, Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Imagine a garlicky butter shrimp recipe, which is typically more Italian in theme, meshed with Thai flavors, rice noodles, and coconut milk. This fusion dish feels fancy but comes together in minutes. 

Try this recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

6. Air Fryer Shrimp

Healthy Shrimp Recipes, Air Fryer Shrimp, Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

One reason why we love our air fryer is that it cuts down on cooking time. Even though shrimp cooks quickly anyway, the air fryer speeds it up even more. Plus, it gives the shrimp a crisp, “fried” texture without the extra oil or mess. Pair this with any base like rice, pasta, noodles, or roasted veggies. 

Try this recipe from Eating Bird Food.

7. Healthy Bang Bang Shrimp 

Bang Bang Shrimp, Courtesy of Well Plated

Courtesy of Well Plated

Bang Bang shrimp is a super popular restaurant dish, but between the rich mayo-based sauce and the deep frying, it’s usually a once-in-a-while treat. In this recipe, you swap Greek yogurt for mayo and bake instead of frying for a healthier twist you can turn to whenever the craving strikes. 

Try this recipe from Well Plated.

8. Shrimp Avocado Salad

Healthy Shrimp Recipes, Avocado Shrimp Salad, Courtesy of Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Courtesy of Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Creamy and refreshing avocado pairs with shrimp so well, especially when you add in tomatoes and red onion. A lemon-basil vinaigrette with a dash of sweet heat from Sriracha and honey brings it all together. Eat it for lunch right out of glass jars, or serve as a lettuce wrap. 

Try this recipe from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

9. Garlic Shrimp and Tomatoes with Parmesan Orzo

Healthy Shrimp Recipes, Tomato Parmesan Orzo, Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

If rice and pasta had a baby, it would be orzo, and it works especially well with this garlicky shrimp. This healthy recipe looks fancy enough to serve for company, but it’s easy enough to pull off on a weeknight. 

Try this recipe from Pinch of Yum.

10. Sheet Pan Cashew Shrimp

Cashew Shrimp, Courtesy of Wholesomelicious

Courtesy of Wholesomelicious

Put away the takeout menu — now you can whip up this restaurant fave in 30 minutes flat. It’s a sheet pan dinner that includes broccoli, bell peppers, and cashews, plus a sauce with sesame oil, coconut aminos, chili garlic sauce, rice vinegar, and orange juice. Swap in different veggies if you have others on hand.

Try this recipe from Wholesomelicious.

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