The BEST collection of Shrimp Recipes for the everyday cook. With best practices and tips for cooking shrimp using different cooking methods, this will be your guide to all things shrimp! 

From grilling shrimp to quickly sauteeing shrimp on the stovetop and baked shrimp – you will be amazed how easy cooking with shrimp really is. 

Cooked shrimp topped with fresh greens in a white bowl with lemons and dipping sauce.

Shrimp recipes- 

Shrimp is the most popular seafood used and for a good reason. It’s so easy to work with and is so versatile. Shrimp can be served as an appetizer for parties and potlucks, a side dish and as a main course alone or accompanied by another protein. 

Learn how to purchase shrimp, prep the shrimp, and easily prepare.

Shrimp is high in protein and low in calories making it a healthy option for dinner.
Chicken and shrimp carbonara in a white pan topped with fresh chopped greens and slices of bread.

How to buy shrimp?

  • Though you can purchase fresh shrimp from your local grocery store, frozen shrimp works just as good. 
  • If purchasing frozen shrimp, be sure to place it in the freezer before the shrimp has had time to thaw. 
  • Shrimp comes in different sizes from small to jumbo. Purchase the appropriate size you’ll need for your recipe.


Shrimp is best thawed in the refrigerator or in cold water. Do not thaw shrimp on the countertop where bacteria can grow. Also, don’t thaw in warm or hot water as the warm water will change the texture of the shrimp. NOTE: Once thawed, do not refreeze the shrimp.


Peel shrimp by removing the shell and legs. Devein the shrimp by running a sharp knife down the middle of the back and gently remove the black vein. 

Bang bang shrimp in a black bowl topped with fresh greens and next to a lemon slice.

shrimp appetizer recipes-

Shrimp really elevates any appetizer and makes it feel “fancy”. Our favorite appetizer is the Bone Fish copycat recipe for Bang Bang Shrimp recipe. It’s so easy and always a crowd-pleaser. Other easy appetizers:

Garlic butter sauteed shrimp in a skillet topped with black pepper and fresh greens.

Sautéed shrimp recipes-

Sauteing shrimp on the stovetop is an effortless way to prepare shrimp, can be used in so many recipes, and ready in just 10 minutes. This classic Garlic Butter Sauteed Shrimp is the ultimate go-to sauteed shrimp that you will love! Other sauteed shrimp recipes:

Shrimp fajitas topped with cilantro lime sauce next to sliced limes.

dinner shrimp recipes-

If you want dinner that is easy to make yet appetizing, use shrimp as the main protein. From pasta recipes to stir fry, bowls, and tacos – shrimp is the way to go.

A white bowl filled with shrimp topped with pepper and fresh greens, with lemon slices and tartar sauce.

How to cook shrimp?

Here is our guide to classic baked shrimp. You can add your favorite seasoning to the shrimp or keep it simple as we did. This is a great way to make shrimp to serve with cocktail sauce.

  1. Defrost shrimp and completely pat dry. Devein the shrimp and remove the tail, optional. 
  2. Preheat oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Toss shrimp in salt, pepper, and oil. Add to the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until opaque.
  5. Serve with cocktail sauce
Baked shrimp in a bowl with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges garnished with green herbs.


The cook time for shrimp will slightly vary depending on the size of the shrimp. Here is a quick guide to baking shrimp: 

  • Small shrimp, bake 5-6 minutes
  • Large shrimp, bake 7-8 minutes
  • Extra-large shrimp, bake 9-11 minutes 
  • Jumbo shrimp, bake 12-15 minutes

NOTE: All ovens are different, you’ll want to cook the shrimp just until it turns pink and opaque. Overcooking the shrimp will give it a rubbery and unpleasant taste.

A collage of different types of shrimp dinner with wording in the middle.

How to Cook Shrimp

5 from 3 votes
The easiest method how to cook shrimp is baking it in the oven. It's great to serve as an appetizer or the many other Shrimp Recipe ideas.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 lb large raw shrimp, thawed
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Devein the shrimp, remove the tail and completely pat dry.
  • Add shrimp to the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Baked at 425°F for 7-9 minutes or until pink.
  • Enjoy.


How long do you cook shrimp?
All ovens are different and the shrimp may cook just a little longer or shorter. Cook shrimp just until it turns pink.
  • Small shrimp, bake 5-6 minutes
  • Large shrimp, bake 7-8 minutes
  • Extra-large shrimp, bake 9-11 minutes 
  • Jumbo shrimp, bake 12-15 minutes


Calories: 175kcalProtein: 23gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 881mgPotassium: 91mgVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 164mgIron: 2mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)