Simple and Delicious Shrimp Recipes

You have to love shrimp! So easy to prepare, cooks in just a few minutes, and it’s one of the most versatile seafood ingredients there is. Shrimp is sold many different ways, but frozen, raw shrimp works the best for most recipes. Frozen cooked shrimp is also very easy to find, but you should never cook with already cooked shrimp since they will become mushy and flavorless.

One tip for buying frozen shrimp is to pay attention to the number on the package. This number indicates how many shrimp per...MORE pound the package will contain. The smaller the number, the larger the shrimp.

  • 01 of 08
    Cultura/Diana Miller/Riser/Getty Images

    This shrimp salad recipe combines sweet shrimp and a creamy fresh herb dressing. Shrimp salad couldn’t be easier to make, as it’s simply tossed together and chilled.

  • 02 of 08
    Georgia Shrimp and Grits Recipe. Photo (c) Vintage Victuals

    Shrimp and grits are an old-time southern favorite, and this delicious recipe will show you why it’s so popular. Don’t let the long ingredient list fool you – this shrimp and grits recipe is very simple to make and the prep is minimal.

  • 03 of 08
    Pan-Grilled Barbecue Shrimp Recipe. Photo © John Mitzewich

    This barbecued shrimp recipe is great when you want grilled shrimp, but don't feel like building a fire that you are only going to need for five minutes. These barbecued shrimp are seared in a pan, and are cooked in the shell for extra flavor and moistness.

  • 04 of 08
    Gilroy Garlic Shrimp Recipe. Photo © Flickr user sage

    This garlic shrimp recipe is named for Gilroy, California, known as the "Garlic Capital of the World." This simple shrimp recipe is a delicious and garlicky classic and only takes a few minutes to cook.

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  • 05 of 08
    Shrimp Etouffee Recipe. Photo © John Mitzewich

    This shrimp etouffee recipe is an easy home-style version of the Creole classic. Etouffee recipes are usually served over rice and can be made with all types of shellfish. Also, the heat in this etouffee recipe is simple to adjust to your tastes.

  • 06 of 08
    Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya Recipe. Photo © John Mitzewich

    This jambalaya recipe is an easy, delicious version of one of America's great dishes. Jambalaya is soul food at its finest - hearty, satisfying, and deeply comforting. There are many variations of this Creole classic, but this sausage and shrimp version is my favorite jambalaya recipe.

  • 07 of 08
    Spicy Grilled Shrimp Recipe. Photo © Flickr user mccun934

    This spicy grilled shrimp recipe is an easy, but impressive, seafood dish. A few hours in the spicy marinade and these shrimp are ready for the fire. The recipe calls for shell-on shrimp for extra flavor, but these grilled shrimp can be done with peeled ones as well.

  • 08 of 08
    Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta Recipe. Photo © Flickr user Allerina and GlenMacLarty

    Sweet shrimp and fresh asparagus are always great together, and here they combine to make a really delicious seafood pasta sauce recipe.