shrimp and grits with fresh corn grits

Shrimp might be one of our favorite proteins to cook with—it’s relatively inexpensive, hard to screw up (as long as you pay attention), 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 cutting to the chase and giving you 11 simple shrimp recipes to kick off your spring and summer dining—outside, whenever possible. Wherever you eat them, these shrimp recipes are sure to please.

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1. Shrimp and Greens Salad with Yogurt-Avocado Dressing

Shrimp and Greens Salad with Yogurt-Avocado Dressing recipe

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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 Shrimp and Greens Salad with Yogurt-Avocado Dressing recipe.

2. Greek Style Shrimp and Feta Tacos

Greek-Style Shrimp and Feta Tacos recipe

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Along with May flowers, April showers also bring another important harbinger of summer: the start of grill season. This recipe can be easily adapted to the grates; just see our Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Corn Salsa recipe for guidance—and stay tuned for a grilled shrimp recipe round-up coming soon. This fusion take on tacos uses Greek flavors like feta, oregano, and roasted red peppers, but also brings in old taco standbys cumin and lime. Get our Greek Style Shrimp and Feta Tacos recipe.

3. Har Gow Shrimp Dumplings

har gow shrimp dumpling recipe

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If you’re looking to become the next Iron Chef, or just tired of the heating up frozen dumplings from Trader Joe’s, 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 Har Gow Shrimp Dumplings recipe. (And then try your hand at our Vietnamese Style Shrimp Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce.)

4. Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Salad

Vietnamese grilled lemongrass shrimp salad

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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 and summer (and fall and winter) recipe. Get our Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Salad recipe.

5. Sesame Shrimp with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Easy Sesame Shrimp Skewer recipe with Cilantro Lime Sauce

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Looking for a quick recipe for entertaining? These easy shrimp skewers are a crowd pleaser. Toss them in a fresh salad, serve as tacos or over rice or an Asian noodle salad, or just eat straight from the skewer with the zesty dipping sauce. Get our Sesame Shrimp with Cilantro Lime Sauce recipe.

6. Open-Faced Shrimp Salad Sandwich

Open-Faced Shrimp Salad Sandwich recipe

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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 Open-Faced Shrimp Salad Sandwich recipe.

7. Pickled Prawns

pickled shrimp recipe (pickled prawns)

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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. But they’re also fabulous in our Artichoke and Pickled Shrimp Sandwich with Lemon Aioli recipe, or as a garnish for a freshly made Bloody Mary. Get our Pickled Prawns recipe.

8. Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche recipe

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Another super-easy way to prepare shrimp? Ceviche. Simply toss it in a mixture of lime and lemon juice, plus onion, cucumber, and avocado. For this version, we do briefly poach the shrimp first, but it’s still a breeze. Feel free to mix things up with tomatillos for extra tartness. Get our Shrimp Ceviche recipe.

9. Shrimp Scampi Sandwich

Shrimp Scampi Sandwich recipe

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Buttery, garlicky shrimp scampi is always great, whether you serve it with rice or over pasta—but have you tried making it into a sandwich? If not, now is the time. It takes fewer than 30 minutes to put together, and the fluffy brioche bun soaks up all that lovely sauce. (It may go without saying, but we left the tails on in the above photo just for show; you’ll want to completely remove the shells before piling up your buns for uninterrupted eating.) Get our Shrimp Scampi Sandwich recipe.

10. Shrimp and Fresh Corn Grits

shrimp and grits with fresh corn grits

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Shrimp and grits is a classic southern combo, but this take is a lot lighter, more texturally interesting, and perfect for summer when sweet corn is at its peak. It’s also dairy free. Get our Shrimp and Fresh Corn Grits recipe.

11. Shrimp and Asadero Quesadillas

Tequila Shrimp Quesadilla recipe

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You know that rule about not pairing cheese with seafood? Break it. These cheesy quesadillas are studded with tender tequila-spiked shrimp that’s not drowned out by the relatively mild asadero. But if you prefer, our Tequila Shrimp recipe is also great turned into tacos or simply served over rice. Get our Shrimp and Asadero Quesadillas recipe.

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