If you're pressed for time after a long day, these shrimp recipes are the fastest ways to get your protein fix. The quick-cooking
crustacean can be paired with tons of ingredients (it's one of the rare seafoods
that's even yummy with cheese). Once you get your hands on some (you can even find high-quality frozen shrimp at the grocery store), add it to basically any recipe your heart desires. Pan-seared or stewed, stir-fried or stuffed into pastry, shrimp is as versatile as an ingredient can get. Try it out in one of these nine succulent recipes.
Creamy Lemon Shrimp Zoodles:
Zucchini noodles in a white wine cream sauce are tasty to begin with. Add in some shrimp, and you've got a date night-worthy meal.
Healthy eating isn't boring at all when you're eating a flavorful meal like this. Creamy avocado and lime-spritzed shrimp are pretty much the ultimate pair, serving up lean protein and heart-healthy fat in one tidy package.
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas:
Sheet pan meals are a lifesaver on busy nights when you don't have time to cook and do a pile of dishes. Quick-cooking shrimp is the ideal protein for the method, since it cooks up in mere minutes.
Sesame Shrimp Puffs:
Storebought puff pastry is the key to making these savory shrimp snacks without tearing out your hair.
Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt Coconut-Garlic Shrimp:
For out-of-this-world crispy shrimp, ditch the breadcrumbs and opt for a potato chip coating instead. Mixed with shredded coconut and drizzled with lime, the flavor combo will transport you.
Muffin Pan Mini Shrimp Rangoon:
Cream cheese rangoons are a favorite when we get takeout, but they're usually devoid of actual seafood. Making them at home, you can stuff them with as much as you want. Since you can customize, why not use succulent shrimp instead of imitation crab?
Mini Shrimp Tostadas:
Wow yourself (and others) with these little shrimp tostadas. No one will guess that it's actually budget-friendly!
Jambalaya Skewers and Spanish-Style Rice:
There's something about the combination of sweet-salty-spicy shrimp and sausage that'll make you want to keep on eating. Paired with Spanish-style rice, it's one of the more fun and flavorful weeknight dinners we've had.
Autumn Shrimp Enchiladas:
These autumnally-inspired enchiladas take sweet acorn squash, then balance it out with gently spicy poblano peppers and tangy goat cheese.
Get more stunning seafood meal ideas on our Pinterest page.
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