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Favorite Healthy Shrimp Recipes

Posted May 27 2011 1:55pm

I’ve gathered a few of my favorite easy healthy shrimp recipes here including an easy shrimp cocktail recipe, easy Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe, easy shrimp creole recipe, easy shrimp and spinach stir-fry as well as a delicious recipe for garlic basil shrimp, to provide you with some quick and easy dinner ideas.

(I find that coming up with easy dinner ideas is half the battle.  Once you know which quick easy dinner recipe you’re going to make, it all gets a lot easier!)

Easy Healthy Shrimp Recipes

Back when I was growing up, shrimp was a luxury that we indulged in only on special occasions and during the holidays. Now, I often eat it several times a month. And I’m not alone…

Did you know that shrimp is currently the most consumed seafood in he United States? It’s also high in protein and low in fat and calories, making it a great healthy dinner option.

The key to healthy shrimp recipes, is steering clear of preparations that involve deep fat frying and/or heavy sauces, which is really easy to do. While I used to look forward to a platter of golden fried shrimp and french fries, these days lighter healthier preparations seem a much better choice.

Shrimp Cocktail

Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Classic American Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp cocktail is an all-time favorite of mine. We used to have it every Christmas eve when I was growing up. It was something the whole family looked forward to. Now that shrimp is more plentiful and less expensive, I indulge in shrimp cocktail much more often, enjoying it both as an appetizer and quick easy dinner.

I’ve included a recipe for a chunky homemade cocktail sauce that starts with a can of diced tomatoes. For a smoother more traditional homemade cocktail sauce you can substitute 1 cup of ketchup or chili sauce for the can of diced tomatoes.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 6 to 8 servings


1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with onions, undrained
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 pound store-bought large cooked shrimp that have already been peeled and deveined


Place all the ingredients (except the shrimp) in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine. Cover the sauce with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve, arrange the shrimp attractively on a platter. Spoon the sauce into a serving bowl and enjoy

Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Mexican Cocktail Sauce

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

I never knew there was such a thing as Mexican shrimp cocktail when I was growing up. (Heck, I didn’t even know what an avocado was until much later in life!) But if I had, I think I would have fallen in love with it immediately.  This makes a great quick easy summer dinner when you want something light and healthy.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 6 to 8 servings


1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chiles, undrained
1 small avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Hot pepper sauce to taste


Place all the ingredients (except shrimp) in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine. Cover the sauce with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve, arrange the shrimp attractively on a platter.  Spoon the sauce into a serving bowl and enjoy.

Easy Shrimp and Spinach Stir Fry

Quick easy shrimp recipes for dinner don’t get much quicker or easier than this. The fact that it’s a tasty healthy shrimp recipe is an added bonus. I adore the flavor of tarragon with shrimp, but if you don’t, you could always substitute basil or another herb or your choice or just leave it out.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
1 pound uncooked peeled deveined shrimp, thawed if frozen
4 cups lightly packed baby spinach leaves
1 can (14 ounces) baby corn nuggets, drained
1/2 cup chopped drained roasted red bell peppers
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Lemon wedges for serving


Heat a 12-inch skilled over medium high heat. Add the oil and swirl around to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring constantly, until the shrimp are pink and firm, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the spinach, baby corn, bell peppers, tarragon and garlic salt and cook, stirring continuously until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

Easy Shrimp Creole

Easy Shrimp Creole

The combination of chopped onions, peppers and celery is called the “holy trinity” of creole cooking. I first fell in love with Shrimp Creole when I tasted it at a Bennigan’s Restaurant back in the late 1980s and then again and again during visits to New Orleans. This is an shrimp creole recipe, easy and delicious, that I hope you enjoy.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings


2 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
1/4 cup butter
1-1/2 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup water
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 dried bay leaves
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
2 cups hot cooked rice, for serving


In a large saucepan or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Cook the onions, bell pepper, celery and garlic, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender, about 10 minutes.

Stir in all the remaining ingredients (except shrimp and rice). Heat to boiling, then lower the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes more

Stir in the shrimp and heat back up to boiling and then lower the eat to medium. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are pink and firm, about 5 minutes. Remove the bay leave. Serve the shrimp mixture over rice.

Easy Garlic Basil Shrimp

This is a simple healthy shrimp and pasta recipe with just a few ingredients that stirs tougher quick and tastes divine. It requires very little chopping and literally takes about 6 minutes to cook. (The key is to get uncooked shrimp that have already been peeled and deveined.) How’s that for a quick dinner idea?

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


2 cups orzo or other small pasta, preferably whole wheat
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/4 pounds uncooked peeled deveined large shrimp
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste
3/4 cup dry white wine or vegetable broth
1-1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 up finely chopped fresh basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Cook and then drain the orzo or pasta of your choice according to the package directions.

While the water is boiling and pasta is cooking, prepare the shrimp. Heat the oil in a large 12-inch skilled over medium-high heat until the oil is glistening, but not smoking. Add the shrimp, turning over over once, until they are pink and firm, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the shrimp with a slotted spoon to a large bowl and set it aside.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the oil remaining in the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the wine and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and basil and season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Return the shrimp to the pan and cook just until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings and serve over the pasta.

More Easy Shrimp Recipes for Dinner

A Collection of Shrimp Salad Recipes – easy and delicious quick dinner ideas for a variety of shrimp salads
Great Shrimp & Pasta Recipes - easy and delicious recipes for shrimp and pasta with a variety of tasty sauces
Crispy Shrimp & Garlicky Beans – a tasty quick easy dinner from the folks at Real Simple Magazine

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