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Dinner in a Flash! 25 Quick Shrimp Meals!

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you but where we live the kids don’t go back to school for a few more days. I’m still running around, squeezing in movies, outings, and every last bit of “out-of-routine” fun I can before we’re back to the grind.

I took a little break from cooking regular meals over the holidays but am now slowly making my way back into the kitchen. I’m not quite ready to succumb to full-on meal prep though, so for now I turn to shrimp.

Having a bag (or in my case, several bags) of frozen shrimp on-hand means that a yummy meal is pretty much at the ready. I prefer frozen shrimp because most shrimp at the market has most likely been frozen previously, making it tricky to determine how long it’s been thawed for. With frozen shrimp you thaw it when you need it. Simply defrost in the fridge overnight – or in a pinch, take it out of the package, place in a bowl of cold water and let a trickle of cold water run into the bowl while the excess water goes down the drain. The shrimp will be ready to go in about 15 minutes (tip courtesy of Fine Cooking).

I’ve rounded up some fabulous – and fast! – shrimp dinners for you all, so you can continue to enjoy those last lingering holiday moments!

  • 25 Quick Shrimp Meals! 1 of 26
    25 quick shrimp meals

    You can't beat the convenience of frozen shrimp - and whether you toss it with some pasta, fold it into a taco, or make an indulgent grilled cheese, you will love these quick delicious dinner ideas!

  • Shrimp and Bok Choy 2 of 26
    babble shrimp and bok choy with gingery fried rice

    Baby bok choy and shrimp are quickly stir fried and served over a bed of gingery rice ready in about 15 minutes!

    Get the recipe at Babble 

  • Roasted Shrimp and Asparagus 3 of 26
    babble roasted shrimp and asparagus

    This quick dinner-for-two is ready in a flash all prepared in one pan and a run under the broiler!

    Get the recipe at Babble 

  • Shrimp and Grits 4 of 26
    babble shrimp and grits

    Confession: I've never made grits. But after reading this recipe - creamy, cheddary grits topped with sauteed shrimp - I can't wait to try them!

    Get the recipe at Babble 

  • Balsamic Shrimp 5 of 26
    babble balsamic grilled shrimp

    This sweet and tangy balsamic marinade is the perfect counterpart for shrimp -  prepare it on the barbeque in the warmer weather or run it under the broiler when it's too cold to grill!

    Get the recipe at Babble 

  • Shrimp and Crab Quesadillas 6 of 26
    babble shrimp and crab quesadillas

    These kid-friendly quesadillas are delicious and easy! No fussing over the stove as these are assembled and baked in the oven.

    Get the recipe at Babble 

  • Garlic Sriracha Shrimp 7 of 26
    babble garlic siracha shriimp

    Another super-fast meal that's high on flavor, thanks to that wonder-ingredient Sriracha! Add rice and a salad and dinner is done!

    Get the recipe at Babble 

  • Shrimp Fried Rice 8 of 26
    babble shrimp fried rice

    This is a great recipe for using up leftover rice (is it me or is there ALWAYS leftover rice?) plus whatever veggies you have in the fridge and freezer!

    Get the recipe at Babble 

  • Easy Shrimp Scampi 9 of 26
    babble shrimp scampi

    Buttery, garlicky shrimp scampi is one of my very favorite dishes. This version is served over spaghetti and looks like the perfect meal for a weeknight dinner with my family!

    Get the recipe at Babble 

  • Coconut Red Curry Shrimp 10 of 26
    running to the kitchen red curry shrimp

    Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time: 10 minutes. A warm, spicy, winter meal in less than 30 minutes? I'll take it! Image and recipe courtesy of Running to the Kitchen 

  • Greek Orzo Salad with Roasted Shrimp 11 of 26
    Greek Orzo Salad with Roasted Shrimp

    All the traditional components of Greek salad here - tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers and feta - mixed with a lemony vinaigrette and roasted shrimp, atop a bed of quick-cooking orzo.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Rachel Cooks 

     

     

  • Easy Spiced Broiled Shrimp 12 of 26
    kalyn's kitchen easy spiced broiled shrimp

    Be sure to have plenty of crusty bread to soak up the juices of this Creole-seasoned broiled shrimp - ready in 10 minutes! I love the presentation of individual casseroles here - who wants to share ALL the time??

    Image and recipe courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen 

     

  • Roasted Shrimp and Green Beans 13 of 26
    kalyn's kitchen spicy roasted green beans and shrimp

    One-pan cooking rules, yes? Simply spiced green beans get a run under the broiler, followed by the shrimp - which is laid on top. A squeeze of lemon to finish and dinner is served!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen 

     

     

  • Tiger Prawn Curry 14 of 26
    culinary covers coconut tiger prawn curry

    There is actually no curry at all in this dish - just a variety of spices to provide a sweet, subtle heat. Fresh ginger and green chilies round out the flavors and coconut milk makes for a rich and filling finish. Serve atop basmati rice for a delicious meal!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Culinary Covers 

     

     

     

  • Spicy Cilantro Shrimp 15 of 26
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    Shrimp are tossed in a sweet, caramelized glaze of chili paste, garlic and cilantro - and are ready in about 10 minutes!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Cooking on the Weekends

  • Shrimp and White Bean Tostadas 16 of 26
    seasonal and savory shrimp and white bean tostadas

    Homemade shrimp tacos are proof that "fast food" can be fresh, healthy and delicious!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Seasonal and Savory 

  • Chipotle Shrimp Tacos 17 of 26
    dizzy busy and hungry chipotle shrimp tacos

    Spicy shrimp are cooked in beer and tossed with a flavorful chipotle-lime sauce. Serve over a bed of shredded spinach and topped with avocado and sour cream!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Dizzy Busy and Hungry 

  • Black Pepper Caramel Shrimp 18 of 26
    dinners dishes and desserts black pepper caramel shrimp

    A little sweet, a little spicy. Ready in 20 minutes, this stir fry is actually quicker to make than ordering take out!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Dinners Dishes and Desserts 

     

  • Crispy Baked Shrimp 19 of 26
    dinners dishes and desserts crispy baked shrimp

    Easier - and healthier - than frying, these breadcrumb coated shrimps are baked in the oven. All you need do is roast some veggies or prepare a quick salad, and you've got a scrumptious weeknight meal the whole family will love!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Dinners Dishes and Desserts 

     

     

  • Shrimp and Pasta in Lemon Vinaigrette 20 of 26
    donuts, dresses and dirt pasta with shrimp basil and lemon vinaigrette

    Lemon balsamic flavors this roasted shrimp, tossed with fresh basil, tomatoes, and whole wheat pasta - for a light, refreshing weeknight meal!

    Get the recipe at Donuts, Dresses and Dirt 

  • Tropical Shrimp Salad 21 of 26
    peanut butter and peppers tropical shrimp salad

    Take me to the tropics! This gorgeous salad - made with a fruit-based, fat-free dressing - fairly shouts "summer," but would be a bright and sunny welcome on a dark winter evening too, don't you think?

    Image and recipe courtesy of Peanut Butter and Peppers 

     

  • Baked Shrimp with Olives and Lemon 22 of 26
    everyday maven shrimp with olives and lemon over couscous

    This low-effort meal is high on flavor, thanks to lots of fresh lemon (sliced, juiced, and zested), herbs, and Kalamata olives. It all bakes in the oven while you prepare some ready-in-a-flash couscous!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Everyday Maven 

     

  • Mango Shrimp 23 of 26
    everyday maven mango shrimp

    This Malaysian-inspired dish is full of fresh, bright flavors - chiles, mango, scallions and ginger.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Everyday Maven 

     

     

  • Buffalo Shrimp Grilled Cheese 24 of 26
    snappy gourmet buffalo shrimp girlled cheese

    So long, PB & J! Give lunchtime a major upgrade with this decadent "grilled cheese" - filled with a buffalo shrimp salad and lots of veggies too. 

    Image and recipe courtesy of Snappy Gourmet 

  • Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos 25 of 26
    peanut butter and peppers tequila lime shrimp tacos

    Tequila and fresh lime flavor both the marinade and the dressing in these delicious tacos!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Peanut Butter and Peppers 

     

     

  • Thai Curry Soup with Shriimp 26 of 26
    very culinary thai curry soup with shrimp

    What's better than soup on a cold winter night? Curry paste and fresh lime mean this soup is anything but bland, and it's a great way to serve up shrimp and noodles!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Very Culinary 

     

     

 

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