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14 Satisfying Shrimp Recipes for Dinner, From Fast to Phenomenal

These 14 shrimp dinner recipes are perfect for a fast weeknight meal or a casual evening of entertaining.

Cajun shrimp on a purple plate.
Serious Eats / Robby Lozano

Shrimp are quick-cooking, succulent, and packed with protein. They can be the foundation of a quick and easy dinner, or the showpiece in a celebration stunner. Here are 14 shrimp recipes for any occasion, hailing from all over the world.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo (Shrimp and Pasta with Spicy Tomato Sauce)

A white bowl filled with spicy shrimp fra diavolo: spaghetti with plump shrimp. Sitting on a cloth gray napkin with a fork alongside and another bowl just out of the frame.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Leave lobster fra diavolo to the restaurants and use shrimp instead. Shellfish flavor is layered into every bite of this dish with a simple technique and one secret ingredient.

Shrimp Étouffée

Shrimp étouffée in a soup plate with rice and thinly sliced scallions.
Serious Eats / Qi Ai

Here's how to make the most flavorful shrimp étouffée, and tips to ensure you get exactly the texture and results that you want.

Tôm Rim (Vietnamese Braised Shrimp)

Overhead view of braised shrimp with a side of rice and bok choy.
Serious Eats / Vy Tran

Tôm rim, a Vietnamese braised shrimp recipe with a savory coconut water caramel sauce, combines garlic, chiles, and fish sauce for a dish so delicious, it's hard to stop at one bowl (so make sure you make enough rice!).

Grilled Shrimp with Garlic and Lemon

A wooden bowl of grilled shrimp with fresh parsley and lemon wedges.
Serious Eats / J. Kenji López-Alt

The perfect quick dinner is grilled shrimp. Here's how to get a crispy brown exterior without overcooking the delicate meat.

Cajun Shrimp

Cajun shrimp on a purple plate.
Serious Eats / Robby Lozano

Dry-brined and tossed in a balanced spice blend that packs subtle heat, this Cajun shrimp is tender, juicy, and packed full of flavor.

Bánh Xèo (Crispy Vietnamese Rice Pancakes With Pork and Shrimp)

Overhead view of two servings of bánh xèo and dipping sauce.
Serious Eats / Vy Tran

Named for the sizzling sound (xèo) produced as the rice batter hits the hot pan, bánh xèo is a shrimp-studded savory pancake meant to be broken apart and shared.

Ebi no Chiri-Sōsu (Japanese Shrimp in Chile Sauce)

Ebichiri shrimp served on a black round plate.
Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

Commonly shortened to "ebichiri," this Chinese-Japanese dish features sweet and silky shrimp in chile sauce and is commonly found at restaurants, convenience stores, and prepared at home for family dinners and bento boxes.

Pancit Palabok (Filipino Noodles With Smoky Pork and Seafood Sauce)

A plate of Filipino pancit palabok with shrimp, garnished with boiled egg and lemon wedges.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

This classic Filipino noodle dish is packed with pork, chicken, shrimp, and layer upon layer of seafood flavor. Served on top of springy noodles with roast pork belly, shrimp, hard-boiled eggs, and a party of garnishes.

Classic Shrimp Aguachile With Lime, Cucumber, and Red Onion

Shrimp aguachile on a green rectangular plate. A plate of whole prawns is in the background.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

If you don't feel like turning on the stove, Mexico's aguachile may be for you. Traditionally made with raw shrimp, lime juice, chiles, cucumber, and onion, it's served immediately while still totally raw, unlike most other ceviche.

Paella Mixta With Chicken and Shrimp

An overhead view of a red pan filled with paella with chicken, shrimp, and lemon wedges.
Serious Eats / Liz Clayman

Bring paella indoors with this mixed version, which has tender, juicy chicken thighs and plump shrimp nestled among tender grains of rice.

Creole-Style Red Jambalaya With Chicken, Sausage, and Shrimp

A bowl of jambalaya with shrimp and sausage.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Jambalaya comes in many variations. This one is New Orleans-style, with tomato, juicy shrimp, chicken thighs, and sausage.

Quick Broiled Shrimp With Harissa and Beer

A foil-lined sheet tray with quick-broiled shrimp and harissa beer sauce.
Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

Shrimp and butter have always been the ultimate combo, but the additions of bitter, hoppy beer paired with a spicy homemade harissa pack this simple dish with flavor. The shrimp are cooked shell-on under a broiler, yielding plump and juicy flesh.

Prawn Patia (Indian Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)

A white bowl filled with prawn patia (Indian sweet and spicy shrimp).
Serious Eats / Prasanna Sankhe

This Indian dish, while often enjoyed as a side, is a filling and flavorful main when paired with rice. It hits all the right notes: a little sweet, a little sour, and a burst of spicy heat.

Skillet Shrimp with Orzo, Feta and Asparagus

A plate of orzo with asparagus and shrimp.
Serious Eats / Yasmin Fahr

Make a shrimp pasta dinner with asparagus, feta, and fresh basil—all you need is one skillet and less than 30 minutes.