Shrimp might be one of our favorite proteins to cook with--it’s relatively inexpensive, hard to screw up, and can be prepared about a million different ways. Just ask Bubba (from Forrest Gump), you can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it…
Since we don’t have all day, we’re giving you 11 simple shrimp recipes to kick off your spring. Follow the instructions and you'll have a great meal in no time.
1. Shrimp and Greens Salad with Yogurt-Avocado Dressing
We’re starting you off with the simplest on the list. For this recipe, we’re pairing pan fried shrimp with our freshly made Yogurt Avocado dressing. The most time consuming part of this recipe? Carrying it from the kitchen to your dining room table. It’s that simple. Get our recipe for Shrimp and Greens Salad with Yogurt-Avocado Dressing.
2. Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Corn Salsa
Along with May flowers, April showers also bring another important harbinger of summer: the start of grill season. Our recipe for grilled shrimp tacos is perfect for the first time you start up the grill this season. Tossed in a quick marinade, all these shrimp take is a quick sear and you’re ready to serve along with some salsa and corn tortillas. Get our recipe for Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Corn Salsa.
3. Har Gow Shrimp Dumplings
If you’re looking to become the next Iron Chef, or just tired of the heating up frozen dumplings from Trader Joes, you’ll need to check out our recipe for Har Gow (traditional Chinese dumplings). The technique is a breeze once you get a hang of it. Just in case you need some extra practice, our recipe includes enough ingredients to make 30. Get our recipe for Har Gow Shrimp Dumplings.
4. Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Salad
Anyone that thinks salads are boring has never had our Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp salad. Combining Thai flavors like lemongrass, fish sauce, and Sriracha with fresh vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, and peanuts, this will easily become your favorite spring, summer (fall and winter) recipe. Get our recipe for Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Salad.
5. Pineapple Glazed Shrimp Skewers
Looking for a quick recipe for entertaining? Our Pineapple Grilled Shrimp Skewers are a crowd pleaser. Toss the shrimp in a fresh salad, serve with tacos, or eat straight from the skewer. Either way, we’re sure this will become one of your go to recipes for when guests come over. Get our recipe for Pineapple Glazed Shrimp Skewers.
6. Open-Faced Shrimp Salad Sandwich
If you’re getting bored of the standard tuna fish salad, switch up your seafood and try our recipe for shrimp salad. Loaded with veggies and herbs, it’s a nice change of pace for a quick lunch. Get our recipe for Open-Faced Shrimp Salad Sandwich.
7. Pickled Prawns
Think that vegetables (or eggs) are the only things that can be pickled? Well think again and try our recipe for pickled shrimp. Tangy and crisp, these prawns are the perfect snack for a nice spring afternoon. Or follow our suggestion and use them as a garnish for a freshly made Bloody Mary. Get our recipe for Pickled Prawns.
8. Grilled Shrimp Boil Skewers
If you’re sensing a theme here, we really like shrimp on a skewer. Our recipe for Grilled Shrimp Boil Skewers combines all the goodies of a shrimp boil - old bay, kielbasa - without the need to boil a pot of water. You can even throw some corn and potatoes on the skewer if you want the traditional experience. Get our recipe for Grilled Shrimp Boil Skewers.
9. Sautéed Shrimp with Lemon, Garlic, and Parsley
Five ingredients. That’s all it takes to whip up this tasty dish from Food 52. You can easily toss this with some pasta but we recommend following their lead and scooping up all of that tasty sauce with some fresh, crusty bread. Get the recipe here.
10. Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp, Nduja, and Tomato
Don’t let the ingredients in this recipe intimidate you--squid ink pasta is a little hard to get in your standard grocery store, however, you can probably find it in Italian grocers or online. And if you follow this recipe from Bon Appetit, squid ink pasta might become a staple in your pantry. Get the recipe here.
11. Gambas Al Ajillo (Chile-Garlic Shrimp)
Gambas Al Ajillo might be the best shrimp dish you will ever have. This Spanish tapas staple is devilishly simple: just shrimp, olive oil, garlic and fresh chilies. It’s spicy, garlicky, and ah-mazing. Get the recipe here.
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