You don’t have to love seafood or shellfish with every fiber of your being to appreciate a good shrimp dish. In fact, most folks who turn their nose up at fish will gladly chow down crispy shrimp tacos or a hearty jambalaya. Shrimp is one of the mildest tasting foods from the sea, and it just happens to pack a few health benefits. It’s high in calcium and protein, and it’s good for the circulatory system thanks to the lack of saturated fat. So the next time you’re in search of a meaty substitute for weeknight dinners, start with these 17 mouth-watering shrimp recipes.

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1. Chipotle Shrimp Burrito Bowl: If you have an undying love for burrito bowls, this glorious recipe has your name all over it. This is a simple and healthy way to enjoy one of your fave takeout options, and you can pack up leftovers for lunch. (via Kelly’s Ambitious Kitchen)

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2. Shrimp and Grits With Spicy Capicola Gravy: Though shrimp and velvety grits are traditionally served as breakfast in the Lowcountry, there are plenty of ways to elevate this dish to dinner status. Like with a tomato-based gravy and hot capicola ham. (via Vodka and Biscuits)

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3. Jambalaya Pizza: When your love for pizza knows no bounds and the usual cheese and pepperoni just won’t do, this fabulous pie should do the trick. This dough-y shell is slathered with a zesty sauce, then adorned with the holy trinity of veggies, Andouille sausage, and juicy Cajun shrimp. (via Life Tastes Good)

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4. Shrimp and Vegetable Coconut Curry: This swoon-worthy coconut curry brings a blend of heat and sweet to your dinner table in a whopping 15 minutes. Quick weeknight dinners don’t have to lack inspo, and this glorious dish backs us up on that statement. (via My Nourished Home)

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5. Spanish Pork Burgers With Garlic Shrimp and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Aioli: Nothing beats a big juicy burger stacked with all the fixin’s. This burger, however, takes things to the next level with the addition of garlicky shrimp. (via Little Kitchen. Big World)


6. Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo: We can’t talk about shrimp recipes without swooning over a classic pasta Alfredo with garlicky shrimp. This weeknight dinner option is big on flavor and is a cinch to make, so give it a twirl this week. (via Wyldflour)

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7. Kung Pao Shrimp:Pao — right in the kisser! These tender and juicy shrimp are tossed in a true Sichuan Kung Pao sauce that will rock your tastebuds and have you spooning up seconds. (via Omnivore’s Cookbook)

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8. Pesto Parmesan Spaghetti Squash With Shrimp: Spaghetti squash usually looks pretty good, but it’s never looked *this* good. Tender shreds of squash are mixed up with pesto and Parm, then topped with spicy shrimp for lip-smacking madness. (via Peas and Crayons)

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9. Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas: Sheet pan dinners have become a popular go-to for weeknight dinners, thanks to their ease of prep and minimal clean-up, so why not try a fajita take on the trend. (via The Blond Cook)

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10. Shrimp Corn Chowder: Though this rich and dreamy soup tastes like it’s been simmering over the stove for hours, it can be made and scooped into your bowl in 30 minutes. Topped with smoky bacon, this indulgence makes for a fab weeknight treat. (via Well Plated by Erin)

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11. Healthy Shrimp Alfredo With Carrot Noodles: If you’re living the low-carb life and have grown a little tired of zoodles, don’t fret. Topped with creamy Alfredo and tender shrimp, these carrot noodles change things up in a nutritious and delicious way. (via Rachel Cooks)

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12. Butter Garlic Shrimp: Though crustaceans like crab, lobster, and shrimp can be served in a plethora of ways, sometimes you just can’t beat buttery and garlicky goodness. When the craving strikes, this recipe will sate you. (via Flavor Quotient)

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13. Honey Sesame Shrimp and Broccoli: You might have to break things off with your delivery guy, because this sweet and saucy recipe will have you ignoring the takeout menus in your drawer for good. Scooped over rice or veggie noodles, these juicy shrimp and broccoli florets are weeknight perfection. (via Fox and Briar)

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14. Zesty Shrimp Tacos With Pineapple Salsa: It’s no secret that shrimp tacos are the best tacos. But the addition of a zesty pineapple salsa changes #TacoTuesday forever. (via Amy Sheree)

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15. Grilled Shrimp and Pepper Jack Cheese Nachos: This is nacho average shrimp recipe y’all, but it’s delightful AF. Crispy tortilla chips are buried beneath a mix of beans, veggies, shrimp, and gooey cheese to give you a dinner option that is as fun as it is tasty. (via Barbells and Bellinis)


16. Coconut Shrimp Laksa: The chilly soup weather is still here, but with a bowl of this good stuff, it’s hard to be mad. With shrimp, fried tofu, and a soft-boiled egg, this spicy Malaysian curry soup will warm your soul and sooth those wintry blues in a snap. (via Foodess)

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17. Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Poblano Peppers:Yo dawg, we heard you like spicy food, so we stuffed some spicy food into your spicy food! These sizzlin’ poblanos are a dream for *anyone* who likes it hot. (via Chili Pepper Madness)

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