Shrimp Recipes

The most widely eaten shellfish in the United States, shrimp is possibly the most versatile ingredient among seafood. Fresh or frozen, find recipes for shrimp scampi, fried shrimp, shrimp and grits, shrimp pasta, and plenty more quick, easy, and oh-so delicious shrimp recipes.

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Lemony Shrimp Scampi

Rating: 4 stars 90
Easy and elegant, this dish is a real catch. It takes mere minutes to make and you'll wonder why you never made this popular restaurant dish at home before. The use of the word "scampi" to mean a garlicky, buttery preparation for shrimp is more Italian-American than Italian; it's thought to have first appeared on a menu in 1950s New Jersey. Scampi are tiny, lobster-like crustaceans with pale pink shells, also known as langoustines. It's thought that Italian cooks in the United States used shrimp when they couldn't get scampi, but kept both names. Serve shrimp scampi over pasta, like the angel hair used in this recipe, or with plenty of crusty bread.

Seafood Linguine

Shellfish is the star in the traditional Italian pasta dish linguine ai frutti di mare. Our recipe calls for five varieties: clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, and squid.

New Orleans-Style Shrimp and Rice

Rating: 3.5 stars 554
This quick-cooking New Orleans classic is spicy and hearty—and turns any meal into a festive occasion. It's chockful of green bell peppers, whole plum tomatoes, and Cajun seasoning.

Shrimp with Zucchini and Spicy Couscous

A one-skillet dinner that borrows flavors from chile verde. The couscous gets tang and heat from the salsa, and earthy notes from canned green chiles.

Emeril's Seafood Mac and Cheese

Rating: 3.5 stars 540
This mac and cheese is a fantastic one-dish meal -- it's so rich and creamy and cheesy, all you'll need is a simple green salad to serve alongside, and your menu is set. Lobster works well in this recipe, but if that seems too luxurious, use any combination of seafood you like.

Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

Rating: 3.5 stars 518
This seafood stew, an impressive crowd-pleaser, can be prepared ahead of time and finished just 15 minutes before you serve it. If you leave out the crab legs, use an additional 8 ounces of white fish to keep the stew hearty.

Stir-Fried Sweet-and-Sour Shrimp

Thanks to storebought helpers like pre-peeled shrimp, prepped pineapple, and apricot jam, this tangy stir-fry takes just twenty minutes to make.

One-Pot Shrimp Boil with Corn and Potatoes

Rating: 3 stars 216
Celebrate the end of summer with a New Orleans-style shrimp boil. In this traditional one-pot dish, the shrimp, corn, and potatoes are cooked together in a spicy, flavorful broth, which is then used for dipping.

Classic Shrimp Cocktail

Rating: 3 stars 181
One of Martha's favorite entertaining strategies is to serve a pared-down—but still special feeling—menu. Her classic shrimp cocktail is a perfect example: it's an easy but elegant starter that shines because it calls for the very best ingredients—including a quick homemade cocktail sauce. When preparing this spread, use high-quality, sustainably sourced shrimp, and plan on about three to six shrimp per guest.

Linguine with Shrimp and White Wine

Rating: 3.5 stars 236
This 20-minute shrimp pasta recipe is sure to become a favorite. All you need for the sauce is a flavorful and fragrant combination of butter, garlic, white wine, and lemon juice.

Sautéed Shrimp

Rating: 3.5 stars 124
Crushed red-pepper flakes, a few cloves of garlic, parsley, and oregano add plenty of flavor to these sautèed shrimp. Serve alone or with our Spaghetti with Radicchio and Ricotta.

Quick Shrimp Relish Tray

For an unconventional pre-turkey bite, serve a seafood appetizer at Thanksgiving. This dish is the love child of two retro hors d'oeuvres: relish trays and shrimp cocktail. Build-your-own crostini topped with quick-pickled shrimp and vibrant fixings will tide people over and wake up their taste buds.

Inspiration and Ideas

45 of Our Best Shrimp Recipes
Toss them in pasta, whip up a stir-fry, and even turn them into meatballs—there are so many inspired ways to serve shrimp.
Spicy Peanut-Shrimp Soup

Stirring in peanut butter at the end rounds out the spiciness and adds body to this Thai soup, but fish sauce is the real secret here, used for its savory-salty punch.