Shrimp Recipes

Quick and Easy Shrimp Dishes They'll Adore

Shrimp is an ideal main dish for busy families, because it cooks so quickly. This collection of shrimp recipes includes dishes that appeal to both kids and adults. To make your job easier, look for easy-peel shrimp, which is already deveined (yay, one less job for you) and typically has the shell split in the back. You just have to remove the shell and you're good to go. Alternatively, look for shrimp that has already been peeled and deveined, but it will likely cost more.
  • 01 of 07
    Shrimp linguini
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    Shrimp is sauteed with garlic, butter, white wine and lemon juice, then tossed with spaghetti or linguine in this fast and easy recipe. Worried about giving the kids wine? Don't be. The alcohol cooks out, but if you like, you can substitute more chicken broth for the wine.
  • 02 of 07
    Shrimp fajitas
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    Using shrimp and scallops instead of the traditional beef or chicken is a nice change of pace for fajitas. And instead of just peppers and onions, these fajitas are also topped with an avocado and tomato salsa. It tastes like it came from a restaurant, but it is actually a rather easy dish to prepare at home.
  • 03 of 07
    Shrimp and grits
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    This creamy main dish is a Southern favorite, but you don't have to be a Southerner to enjoy it. It is just plain good food. Don't worry about this recipe being too spicy. Yes, it has a jalapeno pepper and a little bit of hot sauce, but the heat is tamed during the long, slow cooking process. Mostly, these ingredients add just a hint of pizzazz in the background.
  • 04 of 07
    Bacon wrapped shrimp
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    Bacon-wrapped shrimp is a popular appetizer, but it's not a dish you would make at home too often, because the process of wrapping each individual shrimp with a strip of bacon is so time-consuming. This recipe gives you all the great flavor of bacon-wrapped shrimp with none of that work. The bacon is fried separately and simply served on top of the grilled shrimp. It's a divine combination. Try this dish - I know you'll agree.

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  • 05 of 07
    Shrimp stuffed potato
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    If you can stuff a potato with broccoli and cheese or chili or chicken or beef, why not shrimp? This dish is incredibly simple to make because it starts with frozen shrimp scampi. Simply mix with cheese, sour cream and potato, and voila! An easy twice baked potato recipe that can serve as a main dish any night of the week.

  • 06 of 07
    Jambalaya
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    Shrimp is one of the core ingredients of good jambalaya (along with sausage, red and green peppers and a Cajun-seasoned rice), and this version is one that is well-balanced with flavors. You can adjust the spiciness to suit your taste, adding more or less Cajun seasoning and choosing to use a mild or hot sausage. This is a terrific recipe to make for Mardi Gras.
  • 07 of 07

    Garlic Shrimp Recipe

    Garlic shrimp
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    Garlic and shrimp have always been good friends, and this recipe proves it. It is actually quite a simple dish, enhanced with butter, parsley and lemon. This garlic shrimp can be eaten by itself or on top of spaghetti or angel hair pasta.