If you have a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer, you’re going to love these shrimp dinner ideas.
When I need a light meal, I often use shrimp as the base because it’s high in protein, low in calories, and super versatile for any night of the week.
Shrimp is an excellent ingredient for making delicious mid-week dinners fast. I often use it in stir-frys, pasta, and tacos, all of which are healthy, satisfying, meals I can make in a pinch and include in my meal plans.
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Got your meal plan for the next week? Perfect. Now let’s back to these amazing shrimp meal ideas!
Shrimp Dinner Recipes
It is bite-size, takes on different flavors, and cooks in less than 5 minutes, which makes it perfect when you need to put dinner on the table fast.
As with most of the recipes on my site, these shrimp dinner ideas are a complete meal made with simple ingredients and the busy mom in mind.
One quick tip before we get started: you can use either fresh or frozen shrimp. If using frozen, be sure to defrost the shrimp in lukewarm water before cooking. Now that’s out of the way, let’s get to the recipes!
Where to Buy Shrimp Year-Round
I always try to keep my freezer stocked with favorite ingredients that I knew my family will love. From time to time I make an online order to receive high-quality shrimp to stock my freezer for all my favoriote shrimp recipes.
I love that fresh shrimp can come straight to my door all year round with Fulton’s Fish Market. You can check out where I order here.
What To Cook with Shrimp
From pesto pasta to Creole and Cajun dishes, you won’t be running out of ideas to make with shrimp anytime soon.
Shrimp Taco Recipes
Of course, I can’t make a collection of shrimp dinner ideas without including some of my favorite taco recipes made with shrimp! There are many reasons to love shrimp tacos, the most important being: they’re delicious and don’t require a lot of ingredients to hit the spot.
How to Meal Prep Shrimp
We often see chicken and beef meal prep ideas but not too many recipes for a shrimp meal prep. So how do you meal prep shrimp?
Simply prepare the recipe as directed, pack it into a lunch container, and allow it to cool down to room temperature before sealing and storing it in the refrigerator.
Out of all the recipes I’ve shared above, there are a few that are best for meal pepping compared to others:
- Shrimp Pesto Pasta
- Spicy Mango & Shrimp
- Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice
- Corn & Avocado Salad with Shrimp
Can you use Frozen Shrimp instead of Fresh?
Absolutely! Frozen shrimp will perform the same as fresh shrimp in any recipe. However, I highly recommend thawing them first, since frozen shrimp tend to hold a lot of water and will make your dish runny.
How to Defrost Shrimp
The best way to defrost shrimp is to let it thaw overnight in the fridge. For a quick thaw, take the shrimp out o fthe package, place them in a strainer, and run cold water into the bowl while the excess water goes down the drain.
From freezer to pan, frozen shrimp should be ready to cook in about 10 to 15 minutes.
I do not recommend thawing out shrimp in the microwave. The microwave will cook your shrimp and make them chewy.
Shrimp Dinner Ideas for Families and Mango Shrimp Stir Fry
- 2 tablespoons oil
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 to 2 teaspoons sriracha, chili paste
- 1 pound large raw shrimp, deveined, with tails removed
- 1 large fresh mango, peeled and cubed
- Steamed white rice, for serving
- Unsweetened shredded coconut , for garnish
- Chopped green onions, for garnish
- 1 lime, for garnish
- In a large skillet over medium heat, heat up oil. Add onion and sauté, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, soy sauce, lime juice, sriracha, and stir. Add shrimp and toss to combine. Once the shrimp are pink and cooked, add the mango chunks, and stir to incorporate into the stir fry, until warmed and juices release.
- Serve over a bed or white rice, sprinkle with shredded coconut, and green onions. Squeeze lime just prior to serving.
More Easy Dinner Ideas
Before you go, give these other dinner ideas a try, there is something for everyone and every occasion!
Healthy Chicken Recipes
These quick and easy dinner ideas made with chicken are the perfect go-to meals to have in your back pocket. They are high in protein, easy to prepare, and best of all, kid-approved!
Recipes for Picky Eaters
A collection of recipes made with picky-eaters in mind. Each recipe includes a kid-favorite dish recreated into a wholesome, balanced meal that both parents and kids can enjoy.