30 Best Shrimp Recipes Ready in Under 30 Minutes
You really can make simple seafood recipes during the busy work week! We picked 30 of our favorite quick and easy shrimp recipes, all ready in 30 minutes or less. To make the prep even easier, check the grocery store for raw shrimp that are already peeled and deveined. And if you can't find raw, pre-prepped shrimp, don't discount frozen shrimp. They'll cook up tastier than the market's already-cooked shrimp. If you are using frozen, however, don't miss Chef John's quick tricks for frozen shrimp, with smart tips for making frozen shrimp taste as good as fresh shrimp just plucked from the sea.
Simple Garlic Shrimp
Ready in less than 30 minutes. Get everything prepped and ready in advance because things come together fast. And don't be shy about the garlic! These garlic shrimp are great served with any kind of starch — rice, potatoes, or pasta, topped with the bright garlic, parsley, and lemon sauce.
Ready in 20 minutes. This spicy number combines fresh shrimp with ginger, soy sauce, garlic, crushed red peppers, and ketchup. "Excellent recipe," says LIZCANCOOK. "Don't be scared away by the ketchup, this sauce is fantastic! And so quick — it was ready before the broccoli side finished steaming in the microwave!"
Garlic Shrimp Linguine
Preps in 10 minutes, ready in 30. "Absolutely loved this dish," said GATERJEN. "This is a perfect weeknight dinner — very quick and easy! The presentation was wonderful as well."
Authentic and Easy Shrimp Curry
Ready in 20 minutes. "This is a home-style South Indian shrimp curry recipe from my husband's family," says RK. "It is simple and quick to make — and as hot as you like it. Serve with basmati rice or an Indian flatbread."
Honey Walnut Shrimp
Ready in 30 minutes. This Hong Kong-style Chinese recipe stars crispy battered shrimp tossed in a creamy sauce. Top it off with sugar-coated walnuts. "Scrumptious," says EatFoodNow. "A new favorite in our home. It was really easy and quick."
Fire Roasted Tomato and Feta Pasta with Shrimp
Ready in less than 30 minutes. "Linguine pasta and sauteed shrimp are bathed in a basil-flavored fire-roasted tomato sauce and sprinkled with feta cheese," says Amy.
Shrimp Fried Rice II
This restaurant-style shrimp fried rice is ready in 30 minutes. "Doesn't get any better than this," says MGMARCKS. "Just like my favorite restaurant but so easy, and I can control the fat and sodium."
Chipotle Shrimp Tacos
Ready in 30 minutes. Fill warm corn tortillas with spicy chipotle shrimp garnished with cilantro, onion, and a splash of fresh lime. "Total winner," says Jakey. "Perfectly delicious and so easy. Added homemade salsa, avocado, and lettuce — and had it with the Best Black Beans."
Shrimp and Jalapeno Nachos
Ready in less than 30 minutes. Here's an understated approach to traditional, typically overloaded nachos, which often turn into a greasy mess. You'll quickly saute seasoned fresh shrimp in a hot skillet, and then top tortilla chips with the shrimp plus sliced jalapenos and pepper-Jack cheese — all dressed up with a super-simple avocado and sour cream sauce.
Shrimp and Mushroom Linguini with Creamy Cheese Herb Sauce
Ready in 30 minutes. "Quick and easy," says ANDREA89. "And the seasoning is perfect. The sauce is incredibly delicious. You can substitute shrimp with crab, cooked chicken, or other vegetables."
Creamy Pesto Shrimp
Ready in 30 minutes. "Definitely a winner," says MRXMUFFIN. "Took about 20 minutes of my day. And my hubby thought I slaved for hours. So simple, but definitely restaurant-quality taste!"
Shrimp and Crab Bisque
Ready in 20 minutes. Katrina Berry. And MYANGEL6 raves, "Absolutely fantastic! As good as I can get in a restaurant and very quick and easy."
Alaskan Cod and Shrimp with Fresh Tomato
Ready in 25 minutes. "This meal is very yummy, easy to cook, and convenient," says Maddy Cruise. "My fiancee loves this recipe and wants it every day!"
Fresh Tomato Shrimp Pasta
Ready in 30 minutes. This simple summer dinner combines fresh tomatoes, spinach, herbs, and fresh mozzarella with shrimp and tender fettuccine. "Fantastic," says RAZORBACKLADY. "It's fresh-tasting, light, and a visually appealing dish." Amanda recommends that you "use the freshest ingredients possible to really bring out all the flavors."
Shrimp Florentine with Zoodles
Ready in less than 30 minutes. Here's a fresh, healthy shrimp and spinach dinner made with zoodles instead of pasta. "Delicious," says CJ. "Very flavorful and easy to make. I made the zoodles with a potato peeler."
Shrimp and Scallop Stir-Fry
Ready in 25 minutes. "This is a simple and light-tasting scallop and shrimp stir-fry," says Shana. "When served with rice, it makes a delicious meal."
Japanese-Style Deep-Fried Shrimp
Ready in about 20 minutes. "Great fried shrimp. The key is the panko. Its texture allows it to fry up golden brown and crunchy before the protein it's stuck to (in this case, shrimp) gets overcooked." — j
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
Ready in 30 minutes. "I was apprehensive that I could cook shrimp in 10 minutes on a sheet pan and have it turn out well, but I was amazed at how easy this was to do, not to mention delicious!" says LazyFoodieGirl.
Cilantro Garlic Lime Sauteed Shrimp
Ready in 25 minutes. Pre-made salsa forms the base of this delicious dish. Garlic, citrus juice, and chile pepper take it to the next level.
Honey Garlic Shrimp Stir-Fry
Ready in 15 minutes. The secret ingredient here is frozen stir-fry veggies, along with minced garlic, a little wine, and some honey. ZachZ calls it a "quick and easy shrimp stir-fry full of flavor. I use Costco frozen stir-fry veggies and add cilantro. Serve either by itself or over rice."
Shrimp a la Diablo
Ready in 20 minutes. Add cooked shrimp to a sauce of pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, cream cheese, and milk. "Wonderful," says OODLES_OR. "Bursting with flavor."
Maui Wowie Shrimp
Ready in 25 minutes. Simple seasonings and mayo are the key ingredients here. "An easy recipe to put together for that laid-back 'Maui Wowie' person," says ROXIEMAUI. "Great for the beach or backyard BBQ."
Sauteed Shrimp with Spinach
Ready in less than 20 minutes. You'll quickly cook seasoned shrimp in the skillet, adding baby spinach at the end. If you like, give it a big squeeze of lemon juice before serving.
Shrimp and Pea Salad
Ready in 15 minutes. Use frozen cooked shrimp for this one. Combine the shrimp with frozen peas, thinly sliced red onion, and ranch dressing, and spoon over big Boston lettuce leaves. Crystal says it's a "nice cool shrimp salad on a hot summer day."
Air Fryer Shrimp
Ready in 30 minutes. "Fish fry seasoning, egg, and a spritz of oil are all you need to make these tasty, crispy air fryer shrimp," says France C. "Use your favorite brand of fish fry breading mix. Serve with cocktail sauce, lemon-garlic aioli, or whatever you prefer! I like to use a Misto sprayer with my own oil, but feel free to use regular cooking spray."
Spanish Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)
Ready in 20 minutes. This recipe proves you just need a handful of simple ingredients — salt, hot smoked paprika, parsley, olive oil, garlic, and sherry — to create a five-star recipe.
Baked Coconut Shrimp
Indian Shrimp Curry
Ready in 30 minutes. "This is a subtle yet richly flavored curry that complements shrimp perfectly," says Jacqueline B. "A very authentic taste, and a very easy meal to prepare when you are in a hurry. Make sure you pop the shrimp tails off before adding to the skillet. Serve with rice."
Easy Breaded Shrimp
Ready in 15 minutes. Shrimp coated in a super-simple batter and bread crumb mixture are fried up fast. Erin says it's "easy, good, and wonderful for a family dinner."
Sweet and Spicy Grilled Shrimp
Ready in 20 minutes. No one will believe these flavorful shrimp are covered in nothing more than honey and chile-garlic sauce.