13 Best Side Dishes for Shrimp That Really Complete the Meal
There are countless ways to cook shrimp. Whether it's fried, boiled, grilled, sautéed, or cooked any number of ways—shrimp is everyone's favorite crustacean. But shrimp can only be as good as the sides you choose to pair with it. Here are some of our favorite side dishes for shrimp to complete your meal.
Roquefort Pear Salad
"This is the best salad I've ever eaten and I make it all the time. It is tangy from the blue cheese, fruity from the pears, and crunchy from the caramelized pecans. The mustard vinaigrette pulls it all together," says recipe submitter Michelle Krzmarzick. Pair this top-rated salad with some grilled marinated shrimp to make a meal out of it!
Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan
Amish Macaroni Salad
Recipe submitter CONNIE0751 says, "A colorful and flavorful macaroni salad made with hard cooked eggs, bell pepper and celery in a creamy dressing. Best macaroni salad I have ever had. I always get many requests for the recipe. Enjoy!" Try this on the side with this fresh shrimp boil recipe.
Good for You Greek Salad
Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin
Fresh Broccoli Salad
Grilled Fruit and Vegetable Kabobs
"I have made these on several occasions and they are always a hit. I love adding parmesan to them. This is a great recipe for summertime bbqs. It's my go to for grilling vegetables," says reviewer Amber Bateman. These grilled kabobs will pair perfectly with any grilled shrimp- try it with this Thai spiced barbecue shrimp.
This healthy side from Chef John takes only 10 minutes to make. "I'm borrowing the name from Pasta Primavera which, like this recipe, takes advantage of fresh, seasonal, green produce," he says. Pair it with another favorite from Chef John—grilled garlic and herb shrimp.
Oven Roasted Red Potatoes
Reviewer Angela P. says, "They turned out perfect - crispy on the outside, a little soft on the inside, not greasy at all. My husband called them ‘amazing.'" Potatoes always make a great side for a little added sustenance, and this easy recipe is no exception. Now all that's needed is some fried shrimp.
"A delicious guacamole that my mom used to make during the summer days when mangoes were all over our hometown. It's sweet, tangy, and, like any good Mexican guacamole, spicy," says recipe submitter gema. Try it with some coconut shrimp for a meal that's bursting with tropical flavor.
Spinach and Orzo Salad
Grilled Cinnamon Toast
Looking to use some of your fresh summer squash? "This is a tasty way to use up all the yellow squash you have pouring out of your garden every summer. I also do this same thing with zucchini," says recipe submitter Sarah Stephan. Add some spicy grilled shrimp and you have summer meal that can be made entirely on the grill.