Simple Shrimp Recipes for the Family

Shrimp is an ideal main dish for busy families because it cooks so quickly. This collection of shrimp recipes includes dishes that appeal to both kids and adults. To make your job easier, look for easy-peel shrimp, which is already deveined (yay, one less job for you) and typically has the shell split in the back. You just have to remove the shell and you're good to go. Alternatively, look for shrimp that has already been peeled and deveined, but it will likely cost more.

  • 01 of 07

    Shrimp Pasta Recipe

    Shrimp linguini
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    For this easy shrimp pasta recipe, shrimp is sauteed with garlic, butter, white wine, and lemon juice, then tossed with spaghetti or linguine in this fast and easy recipe. Worried about giving the kids wine? Don't be. The alcohol cooks out, but if you like, you can substitute more chicken broth for the wine.

  • 02 of 07

    Shrimp and Grits for the Crock Pot

    Shrimp and Grits
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    This creamy shrimp and grits for the crock pot dish is a Southern favorite, but you don't have to be a Southerner to enjoy it. It is just plain good food. Don't worry about this recipe being too spicy. Yes, it has a jalapeño pepper and a little bit of hot sauce, but the heat is tamed during the long, slow cooking process. Mostly, these ingredients add just a hint of pizzazz in the background.

  • 03 of 07

    Shrimp and Fresh Pesto Pasta

    Shrimp and Fresh Pesto Pasta Recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    Fresh pesto with shrimp and pasta creates a delicious homecooked meal for the family. Making the pesto with fresh basil, pine nuts, and two types of cheese is surprisingly easy. The shrimp are fried just until pink, cherry tomatoes are gently cooked, and spaghetti noodles bring it all together.

  • 04 of 07

    Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Recipe

    Simple bacon wrapped shrimp recipe

    The Spruce Eats/Julia Hartbeck

    This bacon-wrapped shrimp recipe is a popular appetizer, but it's not a dish you would make at home too often, because the process of wrapping each individual shrimp with a strip of bacon is so time-consuming. This recipe gives you all the great flavor of bacon-wrapped shrimp with none of that work. The bacon is fried separately and simply served on top of the grilled shrimp. It's a divine combination.

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  • 05 of 07

    Shrimp Stuffed Potatoes Recipe

    Shrimp Stuffed Baked Potatoes
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    If you can stuff a potato with broccoli and cheese or chili or chicken or beef, why not shrimp? This shrimp stuffed potatoes recipe is incredibly simple to make because it starts with frozen shrimp scampi. Simply mix with cheese, sour cream and potato, and voila! An easy twice baked potato recipe that can serve as a main dish any night of the week.

  • 06 of 07

    Jambalaya Recipe

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    Shrimp is one of the core ingredients of good jambalaya recipe (along with sausage, red and green peppers and a Cajun-seasoned rice), and this version is one that is well-balanced with flavors. You can adjust the spiciness to suit your taste, adding more or less Cajun seasoning and choosing to use a mild or hot sausage. This is a terrific recipe to make for Mardi Gras.

  • 07 of 07

    Garlic Shrimp Recipe

    Garlic shrimp
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    The garlic and shrimp recipe proves that the two popular ingredients have always been good friends. It is actually quite a simple dish, enhanced with butter, parsley and lemon. This garlic shrimp can be eaten by itself or on top of spaghetti or angel hair pasta.