Are you looking for quick and easy shrimp dinner ideas to make this week? We’ve collected a few of our favorite mouth-watering shrimp recipes that are sure to please.

8 Easy Shrimp Dinner Ideas to Make This Week collage

Our Favorite Shrimp Dinner Ideas

Shrimp is a pretty versatile ingredient that can be added to many dishes, like our Malaysian coconut soup recipe, or tossed with garlic and blistered tomatoes to make a healthy yet creamy sauce for pasta. Or grill shrimp marinated in lime juice and spices to make the best ever tacos for Taco Tuesday. There are so many ways to serve shrimp for dinner!

(For more light dinner ideas, check out these dinner salad recipes. You’ll love these Lenten meal ideas too!)

1. Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Use your air fryer to cook up a batch of coconut shrimp tonight. Along with our homemade sweet chili sauce for dipping, you’ll be so happy with this easy shrimp dinner idea!

A plate of air fryer coconut shrimp with a side of chili sauce.
Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
Crispy air fryer coconut shrimp is absolutely irresistible, especially with homemade sweet chili sauce for dipping! This easy, healthy air fryer recipe is sure to become a favorite.
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2.Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp marinated with lime juice and garlic are grilled to crispy perfection. Try it for your next Taco Tuesday night!

Grilled Shrimp Tacos
These grilled shrimp tacos will be your new favorite Taco Tuesday dinner! Juicy shrimp are marinated with lime juice, garlic, and spices, then grilled to perfection and tucked into soft tortillas with a creamy sauce.
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3. Malaysian Coconut Milk Shrimp Soup

Coconut milk and lime juice just go with shrimp so well, and this Malaysian coconut milk shrimp soup is no exception.

Malaysian Coconut Milk Shrimp Soup
Shrimp is simmered in a coconut milk broth infused with lime juice and spices.
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4.Shrimp Tacos

The easiest, and yummiest, shrimp tacos made with cabbage and cotija cheese for the perfect blend of crunchy and salty. A shrimp dinner idea everyone will devour!

Shrimp Tacos
These shrimp tacos are an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love! A healthier take on tacos, the shrimp are seasoned and topped with cabbage, thinly sliced onion, and salty cotija cheese.
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5. Penne Alfredo

Try our penne Alfredo recipe, which is perfect when you add cooked shrimp! The creamy pasta sauce balances the delicious shrimp for a satisfying meal.

Instant Pot Penne Alfredo
This Instant Pot Penne Alfredo is creamy, rich, and a family-friendly dinner you can get on the table in a matter of minutes! It doesn’t get much easier (or more delicious!) than this!
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6. Garlic Shrimp with Blistered Tomatoes and Linguine

For a lower calorie pasta dinner, definitely make our garlic shrimp with blistered tomatoes and tomatoes recipe. The natural sweetness of the broiled tomatoes makes this dish taste decadent, even though it’s on the healthier side.

Low Calorie Dinner Recipe: Garlic Shrimp with Blistered Tomatoes and Linguine
Broiling the tomatoes brings out their natural sweetness to make a rich, buttery sauce for the shrimp. So good!
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7. Shrimp Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice

This brimming bowl of cilantro and lime-spiked rice topped with shrimp, avocado, black beans, and chipotle ranch comes together in 30 minutes or less.

Shrimp and rice bowl.
Shrimp Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice
This shrimp bowl recipe gets 5 stars! An easy lunch or dinner, it stars cilantro lime rice, black beans and chipotle ranch dressing.
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8. 20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

Another quick and totally yummy shrimp dinner is this recipe for honey garlic shrimp. Serve is with brown rice and vegetables like broccoli, or add it into a salad for a lighter meal.

Quick & Healthy Dinner: 20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp
This 20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp recipe is extra quick, very simple, and delivers big flavor. Served with brown rice and vegetables or over a salad, this healthy dish is sure to join your regular dinner rotation.
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How to Quickly Cook Shrimp for Adding to Any Recipe

What if you have a pasta dinner or salad recipe and you want to cook some shrimp to add to it? This is another easy shrimp dinner idea, but you’ll need to know how to cook the shrimp first! Here’s the simplest, most fool-proof method:

  1. Set a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add butter or melted olive oil to the skillet. Add crushed or sliced garlic cloves, if you’d like.
  3. Place the shrimp in the skillet and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook for 2 to 6 minutes, or until the shrimp look opaque.
Shrimp Taco (2 of 6)

More Easy Shrimp Dinner Ideas

So let’s say you’ve sautéed shrimp according to the instructions above, or maybe you’ve whipped up some frozen shrimp in your air fryer. Here are some additional shrimp dinner ideas to try—no recipes needed!

  • Shrimp pizza. Use alfredo sauce as the base, then top with a shredded Italian cheese blend and shrimp. Garnish with chopped parsley and melted garlic butter.
  • Veggie and shrimp stir fry. Transfer the cooked shrimp to a plate, then use the same skillet to stir fry your favorite vegetables. Add teriyaki sauce, stir the shrimp back into the pan, and serve over Instant Pot rice.
  • Cheater’s fettucine Alfredo. Toss cooked fettucine with jarred Alfredo sauce and garlicky sautéed shrimp.
  • Cajun shrimp dinner. Buy a box of Cajun rice and beans; cook the shrimp according to the instructions above, but add cajun seasoning. Serve the shrimp over the prepared rice and beans.

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About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.

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