Shrimp is a low-calorie, protein-rich food that you should definitely be including in your meals. According to Healthline, shrimp contains impressive amounts of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and more. However, the only downside to this seafood is that it’s exceptionally perishable, and it can be challenging to find it in its freshest state, especially if you don’t live somewhere where it is accessible. Luckily, this is where frozen shrimp saves the day. You can include frozen shrimp in any meal and be confident they’ll have a pleasant taste and texture. Specifically, Serious Eats states that it’s a good idea to purchase individually frozen (IQF), head-off, and peel-on shrimp.

You should also consider which size shrimp you want, too. Once you have the frozen shrimp, you can cook whatever your heart desires! We have a list of 24 fantastic options to give you some inspiration. Try the Weight Watchers Shrimp Scampi for a light and healthy rendition of a classic dish. Or, make simple dishes that can function as snacks or appetizers like the Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp or the Firecrackers Shrimp. There’s no wrong choice here, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself when choosing which recipes to try!

1. Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema

Next time you have frozen shrimp, use them to make these fabulous shrimp tacos! To prepare the shrimp for the recipe, ensure they are thawed, peeled, deveined, and have the tails removed. This recipe has flavors of homemade avocado crema with jalapeno and cilantro, cabbage, and fresh lime. The shrimp marinade has spices such as cumin, paprika, and chili powder. Serve these tacos with a side of beans or veggies, and you are good to go!

2. Shrimp Francese over Linguine

Looking for an elegant meal that is simple to make? Make this shrimp pasta dish. You will love the texture of the battered, crispy shrimp, parmesan cheese, and the al dente linguine noodles. This recipe has essential ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry! It makes four servings, making it the perfect size for a small family. Better yet, you’ll have this on the table within 35 minutes!

3. Shrimp and Avocado Tostadas

These tostadas are unique because you can use them as a snack, lunch, or turn them into a full-on dinner. The foundation of the tostada is a crispy shell packed with avocado spread and shrimp. On top of that, you can load on other toppings such as iceberg lettuce, radishes, red onions, cilantro, and more. A dash of hot sauce brings all the flavors together to create a combination of flavors that you can’t resist.

4. Firecracker Shrimp

These zesty shrimps are oh-so-delicious and easy to make. Like other recipes on this list, you will want to fully thaw the shrimp before working with them. Some ingredients in the sauce include honey, lemon, sriracha, garlic, and ginger. It also has red chili flakes and inclusions such as sesame seeds and green onions! As you can see, the sauce is far from bland. It gives your palate such a complex flavor to enjoy!

5. Quick & Easy One-Pan Blackened Shrimp

Real Simple Good created this recipe for blackened shrimp, which gives them a savory, smoky flavor that will certainly catch your attention. Some components in this recipe include onion powder, garlic, smoked paprika, and oregano. Since this is a one-pan meal, it saves you on unnecessary dishes in the kitchen. Moreover, this dish is terrific because you can serve it in so many ways! Pair it with rice and veggies or turn it into nachos.

6. Indian Butter Shrimp

If you have frozen shrimp but don’t know what to do with it, consider making a delicious and classic Indian Butter Shrimp dish. This recipe has four main components: shrimp, Indian spice mix, homemade sauce, and garnishes. The dish is flavored with curry paste, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, and turmeric, making it a memorable and flavorful meal. Since shrimp cooks quickly and the other components are easy to make, you can have this ready in 20 minutes.

7. Easy Cioppino Seafood Stew

When you want a meal that is warm and satisfying, make this seafood stew, which allows you to utilize your frozen shrimp. However, the shrimp aren’t the only seafood in this recipe since it has cod and scallops, too! Aside from that, all you need is white wine, red peppers, marinara sauce, hot sauce, and vegetable broth. We suggest serving this with herbs as a garnish to give a light, refreshing touch.

8. Garlic Lime Shrimp with Coconut Rice

Nourish and Fete shared this dinner that will win over your entire family’s hearts! With simple yet delicious coconut rice and perfectly cooked shrimp, you can’t go wrong. It also has garlic, fresh limes, green onions, cilantro, and butter. The coconut flavor becomes imparted in the Jasmine rice because of the pure coconut milk! If you have leftovers, this reheats quite well, so you can certainly eat it for lunch the next day.

9. Creamy Parmesan Shrimp with Peppers and Spinach

Shrimp pairs wonderfully with parmesan, especially in a meal like this, which has a creamy parmesan sauce! Make sure your shrimp is thawed and ready to peel. You can have the tail on or off, whatever you like! Some of the best elements of this meal are garlic, white wine, chicken stock, heavy cream, and fresh basil. It also has spinach, which is incredibly good for you too!

10. Creamy Shrimp Risotto With Parmesan

Here’s another dish that tastes amazing due to the combination of shrimp and parmesan, but it is a classic risotto instead of pasta. If you love risotto’s comforting, creamy texture, this recipe will soon become your favorite. It has shrimp, chicken stock, butter, onions, garlic, arborio rice, and freshly grated parmesan cheese, which is different than granulated parmesan. Using the fresh stuff makes a difference!

11. Shrimp Francese

Sip and Feast posted this effortless and tasty meal that will impress people of all ages. It has an elegant presentation due to the fresh lemon slices and the bright herbs. The base of the dish has shrimp, eggs, butter, garlic, dry white wine, and flour. All you need to do is cook the shrimp and make a homemade sauce! You can always add more to the dish or serve it on a bed of rice or pasta.

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12. Weight Watchers Shrimp Scampi

Put your frozen shrimp to good use when making our Weight Watchers-friendly shrimp scampi recipe. This recipe is suitable for home cooks of all skill levels! It has lovely hints of parsley, lemon, red pepper flakes, garlic, and chicken broth. Moreover, the delicious whole wheat linguine noodles take the dish to the next level. Make sure to have de-shelled shrimp and thaw them before using.

13. Creamy Pesto Shrimp

Are you a fan of pesto? You’ll love this recipe by Sally’s Baking Recipes! For this meal, you can make your own homemade pesto or use a store-bought one if you want to make it easier on yourself. The recipe suggests serving it with rice, zucchini noodles, or pasta. However, it is up to you! Be creative. This dish’s flavors include parmesan cheese, lemon, cherry tomatoes, shrimp, half-and-half, and garlic.

14. Shrimp Newburg Recipe

Cooking meals in just 30 minutes is an excellent option for busy families. However, this recipe can be prepared in just half that time! Impressive, isn’t it? To make this dish, gather some shrimp, mushrooms, rice, milk, butter, and cream. It also includes various seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice to give it a vibrant and pleasant flavor.

15. Avocado Shrimp Salsa Recipe

This recipe isn’t a meal but rather a delicious salsa that you can serve at parties! It is similar to a ceviche but less risky since the shrimp is cooked. Dip your favorite crunchy tortilla chips into this salsa and discover flavors of plump shrimp, juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumber, and creamy avocados. This recipe also has onions, cilantro, and fresh lime juice to make it zesty.

16. Shrimp Scampi Stuffed Mushrooms

Enjoy the flavors of shrimp scampi, but rather than eating it as usual, it is in the form of a stuffed mushroom! Use whole white mushrooms, panko bread crumbs, green onions, cream cheese, and parmesan for best results. This is excellent if you have leftover Weight Watchers shrimp scampi. Otherwise, you must make this shrimp scampi portion first with your frozen shrimp.

17. Triple Cheese Shrimp Dip Wontons

We can’t get enough of these incredible shrimp-filled wontons! This is a wonderful snack or starter for a party. The combination of green onions, garlic, Mayo, Swiss cheese, and cream cheese tastes incredible with the shrimp. Make sure to use thawed, shelled, deveined, and chopped shrimp for best results. Although you have to bake these wontons, they still only take 35 minutes to make!

18. Spicy Louisiana Shrimp Dip

You’ll absolutely love this shrimp dip with a perfect harmony of spiciness and creaminess. For this recipe, you’ll need frozen SeaPak Shrimp Scampi or plain frozen shrimp that you can cook and season. Other components include cream cheese, parmesan, bell peppers, green onions, and lemon juice. It also has a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Cajun seasoning to give it some kick. Use this dip for all sorts of things, ranging from crackers to veggies to bread.

19. Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

Use your air fryer next time you are craving shrimp tacos! This recipe uses frozen shrimp that is pre-cooked. This is nice since you don’t have to worry about if you cooked the seafood long enough or not! Other ingredients include garlic, paprika, cayenne, lime juice, and tortillas. Also, you can make a slaw with green cabbage, cilantro, and lime juice. Enjoy these for your next Taco Tuesday, and it will surely be a crowd favorite!

20. Roasted Butter Shrimp

Cooking shrimp in the oven yields a more profound and richer flavor, thanks to the roasting process. This recipe is convenient since you can prepare your dinner on a single sheet pan. Serving dinner has never been so effortless! The meal comprises two main components: garlic lemon shrimp and garlicky asparagus. You can serve this with pasta, rice, or additional veggies if you prefer.

21. 5-Ingredient Creamy Garlic Shrimp

The Kitchn shared this shrimp recipe, which only requires five ingredients, so of course, we are fans. For a striking and flavorful meal, all you need is garlic, parsley, parmesan, shrimp, and heavy cream. Technically, with the use of olive oil, salt, and pepper, this has more than five ingredients, but we’ll let it slide. Get ready to receive compliments from your family by making this dinner in just 10 minutes!

22. Perfectly Prepared Pan Seared Shrimp

When you want a simple shrimp recipe, look no further than our Pan-Seared Shrimp. This is a fantastic recipe for folks who are new to cooking shrimp. It is hard to mess this one up! All you need is deveined shrimp, lime juice, sunflower oil, garlic, and salt and pepper. This recipe is only one Weight Watchers point per serving, so it is a win in our book!

23. Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

Mix frozen shrimp with a variety of yummy seasonings and pop them in the air fryer for this impressive recipe. This can be used as a starter or side dish, or you can serve it with other components to make it a meal. You can use paprika, garlic, salt, and cayenne, too, to give the shrimp a wonderful flavor!

24. Easy Shrimp Burrito

This list has plenty of shrimp pasta dishes and even shrimp tacos, but how about a lovely burrito recipe? These shrimp burritos are too good to pass up. They have a variety of textures due to the homemade aioli sauce, black beans, cheese, crisp lettuce, creamy avocado, and plump shrimp. You can season the shrimp with garlic, coriander, cumin, and more to give it extra pizzazz!

And I’ll leave you with one of the most popular shrimp recipes on my blog, Copycat Red Rock Shrimp!

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24 Quick And Easy Frozen Shrimp Recipes

Servings: 2 people
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
The Redrock Grilled Shrimp is a simple yet standout creation, featuring jumbo shrimp marinated in a succulent sauce made with secret ingredients that we here at Drizzle Me Skinny will attempt to decode.


  • 300 g. jumbo shrimp, cleaned, peeled, and deveined
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon light BBQ sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the accompaniments:
  • ¼ cup raw white rice, 60 g.
  • 2 cups cauliflower rice, 200 g.
  • Skewers


  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. In a bowl, combine the Jumbo shrimp with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix well to coat the shrimp evenly with the spices. Squeeze the juice of one lime over the seasoned shrimp and let them marinate for about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the accompaniments. Cook the white rice according to package instructions. In a separate pan, sauté the cauliflower rice in a bit of oil until it becomes tender.
  • Thread the marinated shrimp onto skewers, ensuring they are evenly distributed.
  • Place the shrimp skewers on the preheated grill and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until the shrimp turn pink and are cooked through.
  • During the last minute of grilling, brush the shrimp with the light BBQ sauce, allowing it to caramelize slightly.
  • Remove the shrimp skewers from the grill and serve them alongside the cooked white rice and cauliflower rice.


* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contribute to a daily diet. 2000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
** Amount is based on ingredients that specify value for this nutrient and 0 for those that don’t.


Serving: 331gCalories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 26gFat: 2.5gSaturated Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 188mgSodium: 981mgPotassium: 352mgFiber: 3.7gSugar: 8.1gCalcium: 166mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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