11 Shrimp Recipes That Won’t Break the Calorie Bank

If shrimp were awarded a title, it might just be Most Popular. And for good reason: The sweet, meaty shellfish are reasonably affordable, quick-cooking, and low in saturated fat but high in protein, making them a favorite amongst diners, chefs, home cooks, and nutritionists alike. Regardless of your reason for loving 'em, we’ve got 11 wholesome ways we think you can take your love of shrimp to the next level.

1. Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

If you like the flavor profile of ceviche but can’t get past the raw seafood, then this cóctel de camarones is just the dish for you: The shrimp is gently poached before being served in a punchy sauce of lime juice, tomatoes, and chipotles in adobo sauce.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

2. Shrimp Burgers

Thanks to its meaty bite, chopped shrimp is an excellent stand-in for a burger patty. Serve yours simply, with a swipe of light mayo and some fresh green leaf lettuce.
Photo and recipe from The Frugal Girl

3. Roasted Shrimp with Romesco Sauce

Prawns’ built-in shells and spiral shape make them the ideal vehicle for dipping. Skip the overplayed horseradish cocktail sauce in favor of a Catalan almond, red pepper, and paprika sauce.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

4. Tequila-Lime Shrimp and Quinoa Salad

This salad bowl, with its tequila-lime shrimp, quinoa, and chili-lime vinaigrette, may sound involved, but the recipe primarily calls for staples you already have in your pantry.
Photo and recipe from Iowa Girl Eats

5. Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Salad

This punchy Vietnamese noodle salad is light and refreshing, yet substantial enough to be a hearty meal.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

6. Asian Noodle Soup with Shrimp

On unforgiving winter nights, a bowl of shrimp and vegetable noodle soup is a comfort to the palate, stomach, and soul.
Photo and recipe from The Weary Chef

7. Seafood Risotto

Risotto often gets written off as unhealthy, but our version, flavored with olive oil and seafood stock, skips the butter base. Three different fruits of the sea—shrimp, scallops, and calamari—make it feel indulgent, in fact.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

8. Shrimp, Lemon, and Herb Kamut Spaghetti

Think of our shrimp and kamut pasta dish as a whole-grain, seafood version of spaghetti aglio e olio.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

9. Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing

Jazz up a cucumber, avocado, and kale salad with chili-garlic shrimp and a white miso dressing for a weeknight meal that’s as crave-worthy as it is wholesome.
Photo and recipe from Pinch of Yum

10. West African Shrimp Ceviche

For a different take on ceviche, make your next version West African–style by curing shrimp in a mixture of fruity, hot habanero, fresh ginger root, cilantro, and lime.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

11. Grilled Sweet Chili and Lime Shrimp Kebabs

Thai chili sauce does all the heavy lifting in this Asian kebab recipe: It adds sweet, hot, and tangy notes to shrimp as they firm up on the grill, no marinating required.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

Susannah Chen is a San Francisco–based freelance writer. When she's not cooking or writing, she's on the hunt to find the world's best chilaquiles. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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