Easy shrimp recipes that are healthy and low in carbs too? Count me in. Shrimp cooks in no time, and its neutral flavor means it can be a perfect match for any ingredients and cuisines you love. Plus it’s high in protein, while being low in calories, meaning it can fit into so many healthy recipes you are looking for, even if you’re gluten-free, looking for keto dinners, or living a paleo lifestyle. Yes, these easy, healthy shrimp recipes prove that anyone can make a delicious seafood dinner at home.
While fish and lobster might be intimidating, and some people don’t prefer cooking salmon recipes at home—or ordering it at a restaurant instead—shrimp is so simple.
How to Cook Shrimp:
- First, you don’t have to worry about buying it fresh and cooking it the same day. Frozen shrimp is always great to have on hand for any time you need a quick dinner. And when you get it on sale, it can actually be an economical option compared to other seafood.
- Second, it cooks fast. Whether you are sautéing it in a skillet, roasting it in the oven, tossing it on the grill, or any of the other ways you can cook shrimp, it literally takes just a few minutes.
- Third, it can take on any flavor profile, from Mexican in tacos to Asian in stir-fries, to American with flavors like barbecue or Old Bay. That means there is a shrimp dish for everyone.
- Fourth, it’s healthy. It’s high in protein, low in fat and calories and a good source of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. As long as you avoid breading and frying or heavy cream sauces, it’s definitely a light option as long as you pair it with the right side dish, which brings us to…
- Finally, you can pair it with anything. Many of the recipes in the collection are just about the shrimp, meaning you get to choose your side dishes. And even the ones that call for a specific side dish can be swapped with whatever fits your diet and lifestyle.
Speaking of side dishes…
What Sides Dishes Pair Well With Shrimp?
- Many shrimp recipes are delicious over pasta since a lot of them are finished by making a sauce.
- Gluten-free or just looking for whole grains? Skip the noodles for brown rice or quinoa. Keep your grains plain and simple, or switch it up by making garlic herb rice or cheesy quinoa.
- There are many low-carb or keto shrimp recipes that you can serve over plain or buttery cauliflower rice or zoodles.
- For more of a comforting twist, try some mashed potatoes, or cut the carbs my making mashed cauliflower.
- And don’t forget the veggies. Roasted vegetables, a salad with your favorite homemade salad dressing, or even just a bag of frozen veggies tossed in the microwave will do the trick.
What should I make for dinner tonight?
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Brianne is the gluten-free mom, lunch box ninja, and lover of mostly healthy meals and yummy desserts. She is also the recipe developer, photographer, writer, and publisher behind the blog Cupcakes & Kale Chips. When she is not chasing around two crazy-fun boys, she is in the kitchen whipping up everything from healthy, everyday snacks, sides, and meals to rich, indulgent treats, because it’s all about balance, you know, like ice cream & cauliflower, cookies & quinoa… Cupcakes & Kale Chips! Keep up with her favorite foodie finds on Pinterest!