24 Healthy Shrimp Recipes
Countless ways to love shrimp
Fresh or frozen, shrimp is America's favorite kind of seafood. It's low in saturated fat, packed with protein, and a good source of iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and selenium. Though sometimes a simple shrimp cocktail is all you’re looking for, these 24 recipes offer delicious and healthy ways to cook up shrimp for lunch, dinner, or as a healthy snack.
Greek yogurt is a great substitute for some of your favorite creamy condiments like mayo and sour cream. In this light snack, Greek yogurt, lime juice, avocado and jalapeño sauce are combined on a rye flatbread for a tasty treat. At only 129 calories, with 4 grams of fiber, this healthy fat-packed recipe is the total package.
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Black Forbidden Rice with Shrimp, Peaches, and Snap Peas
Black rice is a surprising Superfood. It's loaded with anthocyanin, the same antioxidants that give blueberries and blackberries their dramatic color and health-boosting power. In this high-fiber recipe, black rice is paired ith shrimp as well as Asian flavors like soy sauce, rice vinegar, and ginger to create a healthy meal. Feel free to use white or brown rice if black isn't available.
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Chopped Taco Salad with Shrimp
Adding shrimp into a salad is a great way to turn a boring salad into a stand-out meal. This Mexican salad is filled with citrus from limes and lemons that add zesty flavor without many calories. Wrap up the salad in a tortilla, or eat it without the bread for a lower-carb option. Tip: If you're using frozen shrimp, thaw and eat it within a day. Frozen seafood degrades with time, so don't keep it in the freezer for long.
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Shrimp and Garlic Pizza
Frozen shrimp makes this yummy, elegant pizza so easy to throw together: 12 minutes of prep, 10 minutes to cook, and this delectable pizza will be on the table in no time. To add more fiber, use whole-wheat crust. With one slice delivering 161 calories, this sauce-less pizza is guilt-free.
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Roasted Shrimp with Smoked Chile Cocktail Sauce
Sometimes the best way to enjoy shrimp is with a simple cocktail sauce. In this recipe, five shrimp and a quarter cup of sauce provide 181 calories of deliciousness. Shrimp are a great source of vitamin D, with about 3 ounces providing 32% of your daily-recommended intake. Plus, the cocktail sauce uses tomatoes, which provide 20% of your daily-recommended vitamin A needs.
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Shrimp a la Grecque
For less than 300 calories this shrimp, feta, and tomato dish can be yours for dinner. It's low in carbs (only 6 grams) and a good source of protein. Additionally it provides a whopping 22% of your daily calcium needs. The recipe list calls for dried marjoram, a citrusy spice that's part of the mint family.Try this recipe: Shrimp à la Grecque
String Bean and Fingerling Potato Salad with Shrimp
Multitask while preparing this simple dish! Fingerling potatoes are beautiful as well as packed with over 60 different types of phytonutrients. This salad is stocked with healthy ingredients like string beans and pecans, which are one of our favorite superfoods. Pecans have been linked to lowering cholesterol from beta-sitosterol, which they're rich in. This recipe is perfect for company as it's impressive yet simple to make.
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Shrimp Tartines with Slaw
Tartines are great because they allow you to enjoy a sandwich with half the carbs. This tasty tartine is loaded with bold flavors from shallots, dill pickle relish, fresh tarragon, and coleslaw. Simply seasoned shrimp are the perfect way to top off the tartine. Make it for company, or indulge alone. Just be sure to alter the recipe for the number of people you plan to serve.
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Spanish-Style Shrimp with Yellow Rice
Nearly every type of cuisine has a way they serve up shrimp. This simple dish takes on Spanish flavoring with garlic, paprika, onions, ground turmeric, dry sherry, and chopped parsley. In 25 minutes this 430-calorie dish with 5 grams of fiber can be on your dinner table.
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The only rule about stir-fries is there really are no rules. You can throw in whatever veggies you have left over in the fridge, or follow the recipe to the letter. Either way (as long as you go light on the sauces and seasonings) you'll have a light, nutrient-packed meal. Speed up this dish by batch-cooking brown rice early in the week. Since shrimp and veggies both cook quickly, this stir-fry will be finished in about 15 minutes.
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Citrusy Shrimp with Asparagus
This dish looks as amazing as it tastes. It's low in calories, has only 5 grams of fat and serves up 3 grams of fiber plus more than half the vitamin K you need each day. Thanks to the asparagus, you'll also get 18% of the vitamin A and 34% of the folate recommended for daily consumption.
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Mini Shrimp Pot Pie
These mini pot pies make indulging in a rich, savory dish something you'll want to do more often. Our shrimp pot pies are filled with celery, carrots, mushrooms, and thyme which add few calories and plenty of flavor and nutrients to the dish. At 300 calories this pot pie is perfect to pair with a simple salad for dinner.
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Lemony Shrimp with White Beans and Couscous
Got 15 minutes? That's all it takes to whip up this irresistible 3-step dish. White beans are some of the most versatile beans on the market, and they're packed with protein and fiber. Fresh lemon juice delivers a zesty kick and brings the couscous to life. With 9 grams of fiber, this dish will keep you satisfied.
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You can easily make this tasty treat with frozen shrimp. Though typically shrimp and lobster rolls are filled with fat and calories, by making it at home you can control exactly what goes into the meal you're preparing. Use a whole-wheat bun and skip on buttering it up. The contents of the roll bring enough flavor to the table.
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Tomato and Shrimp Stew
This Italian-inspired dish pairs chunks of tomatoes with pasta, shrimp, garlic, and fresh basil to create a satisfying stew. Tomatoes are full of vitamins A, C, and K, and are, surprisingly, one of the richest sources of potassium you can find. Add to the 4 grams of fiber in this dish by using whole-wheat pasta.
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Prosciutto-Wrapped Basil Shrimp
These shrimp, flavored with lemon zest, red pepper flakes, and fresh basil get even more delicious once they're wrapped with very thinly sliced prosciutto. Five shrimp are a serving, but if you're watching your sodium intake, you may opt for only eating 1 or 2 wrapped with prosciutto and munching more on shrimp flavored the same way, but without the Italian meat. We promise, they'll still be delicious.
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Buttermilk-Corn Soup with Shrimp
We love soups and this 320-calorie chilled soup is bursting with delicious flavors from cumin, chili powder, garlic, and chopped onions. It's a bit spicy, so if you're a fan of more mild flavors leave out the chili powder. To ease up the fat content of the soup, use low-fat buttermilk, which will still provide a delicious creaminess while curbing the richness.
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Grilled Shrimp "Souvlaki"
You've probably heard of or tried chicken or lamb souvlaki, but now you can make the Greek staple at home with shrimp. With only 6 grams of fat, there is no guilt in eating this satisfying meal for dinner. It's tasty with a lemony flair and delivers 8 grams of fiber (that's about one-third the daily recommended intake for a 2,000 calorie diet). Serve this dish with a whole-wheat or multigrain pita and prepare to enjoy.
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Cajun Shrimp and Catfish
This recipe combines catfish with shrimp for a mouthwatering meal. The fish are placed over long-grain rice, but you can also use whole-grain rice or whatever rice you most prefer. Make sure not to leave out the parsley that's used as a garnish and mixed in with the fish. It supplies vitamins A, C, and more than half the daily-recommended intake of vitamin K.
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Artichokes are an antioxidant-rich veggie that also happen to be an incredibly good source of fiber and healthy fats. Though the recipe calls for light mayo, you can sub in Greek yogurt, or use less than what's called for to lighten it up. This recipe also dishes out 5 grams of iron, which many of us don't get enough of.
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Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Shrimp and Salsa
Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Tacos
Did you know you can purchase shrimp pre-steamed at the market? That's one way to speed up this low-fat, high-fiber Mexican meal. Black beans, avocado, salsa verde, red bell peppers and fresh cilantro are the fillings for these tasty tacos that require little prep to achieve lots of deliciousness. Serve them alone or with some brown rice for an impressive, yet simple dinner.
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Watermelon, Feta, and Grilled Shrimp Salad
Possibly the healthiest and most refreshing salad recipe every created, this one also packs 23 grams of protein! Eating watermelon is a great way to hydrate yourself; it consists of 91.5% water, and packs lycopene, a powerhouse antioxidant that can fight cancer. Feta is also one of the healthier varieties of cheese, as it has less fat than other types. Serve up this salad for a less-than 300-calorie lunch.
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Though they may seem exotic, spring rolls are surprisingly simple for even a novice chef to pull together. Our recipe is higher in fiber and lower in fat than any you would find at a Chinese restaurant. And they only weigh in at 350 calories for two rolls with sauce.
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