More often than not, shrimp is disregarded as bland or simply cast aside to the deep fryer. And though it may be small in size, shrimp can go big on flavor and nutritional benefits. Just one serving of these little guys provides immunity-aiding iodine, heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and even cancer-fighting carotenoids.
These nine healthy, delicious meals cover a range of cuisines from all over the globe and prove that shrimp is way more versatile than seafood skeptics give it credit for.
1. Asian Zucchini Noodle Stir-Fry With ShrimpShare on Pinterest
With classic Asian flavors like soy and hoisin sauce, this is just like your typical stir-fry shrimp dish except for the fact that it uses a fraction of the oil and swaps out regular noodles for spiralized zucchini. It's a takeout fake-out that'll be on your table in 30 minutes or less.
2. Paleo Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos
Gluten-free tapioca starch coats the shrimp in this pan-seared version of a typically fried dish. While every component of the recipe, from the chili sauce to the tortillas, is homemade, feel free to swap in store-bought versions in a pinch.
3. Garlic Butter Shrimp and QuinoaShare on Pinterest
A healthy recipe with the word “butter” in its title?! Yup, that saturated stuff can be part of a nutritious diet, and combined with garlic, it's one of the tastiest ways to cook up shrimp. If you're not a huge fan of quinoa, this meal will change your mind.
4. Simple Shrimp and Guacamole TostadasShare on Pinterest
Essentially a crispy open-face sandwich, this tostada recipe eliminates the messy splatter that comes with deep-frying a tortilla. A baked version works just as well as a base to pile high with cumin-spiced shrimp, sautéed veggies, and guac.
5. 10-Minute Spicy Shrimp Stir-FryShare on Pinterest
Stir-fry, by definition, is meant to be quick, and this meal is ready in a flash while still being healthy and delicious. Make the most of the 10 minutes by mixing up the simple but flavorful soy and sesame sauce while the shrimp cooks.
6. Tropical Shrimp Lettuce WrapsShare on Pinterest
It's all about the complementary flavors here. Savory shrimp and avocado are paired with juicy chunks of pineapple and mango, and the whole thing is drizzled with a sauce that's salty from the soy and sweet from the teriyaki. Mouthwatering.
7. Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta SauceShare on Pinterest
Feta and parsley add a Greek-inspired spin to shrimp in this rich yet nutritious dish-a tasty way to disprove the notion that fish and cheese don't belong together.
8. Coconut Curry With Shrimp and VeggiesShare on Pinterest
Dress up your shrimp in a velvety cloak of curried coconut milk then accessorize with plenty of veggies. It'll be a showstopper on any dinner table.
9. One-Pot Lemon Orzo ShrimpShare on Pinterest
This recipe is the definition of no-fuss: Even the orzo itself cooks right in the pot alongside the shrimp! We'd say the minimal cleanup alone is enough motivation to make this.