Known to many as the fruit of the sea, shrimp has been delighting palates for centuries. And when faced with a counter full of freshly peeled shrimp, we can't help but recite the chorus of possibilities, in that all-too-familiar accent—we think you know the one we mean. "Shrimp stew, shrimp soup, shrimp salad..."
But there's more to shrimp than even Bubba let on—it's packed with lean protein, B vitamins and omega-3s, making it a stellar nutritional ally. To honor this versatile crustacean, here are 10 of our favorite can't-miss recipes featuring shrimp.
—By Alissa Harb
A new take on Italian panzanella, this bread salad features Pita bread and plump grilled shrimp, tossed with generous chunks of fresh, crisp vegetables. Coated in a simple lemon-garlic dressing, a salad like this one is light, refreshing and satisfying all at once.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Shrimp and Bread Salad
Marinated in a bright mixture of lime juice, herbs and white wine, these grilled skewers need little else. But side with a homemade dipping sauce and your meal will be taken to the next level. Any of these 13 Fresh Sauces We Love will make a worthy addition.
Get the Recipe: Charcoal Grilled Shrimp
This healthy, "enLIGHTened" version of traditional Chinese fried rice features whole-grain brown rice, fresh vegetables, and the nutritional punch of shrimp—extra protein, B vitamins and omega-3s.
Get the Recipe: Enlightened Fried Rice
Highlighted against the garden-fresh flavors of tomatoes and basil, perfectly-pink sauteed shrimp makes a stunning star attraction. Serve this combo over orzo pasta, and finish with a sprinkling of Feta cheese for a savory touch.
Get the Recipe: Shrimp with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil and Feta
When fresh sweet corn, plump shrimp and earthy spices heat into creamy, comforting perfection—we like to call that a bite of Lowcountry heaven. Rich and filling, this Southern pudding makes for a fantastic one-dish dinner, best served hot and fresh from the oven.
Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Corn Pudding
There are few dishes more splurge-worthy than a warm bowl of Alfredo-drenched fettuccine. This quick and simple rendition features the addition of shrimp (cooked any way you like), crisp asparagus and mushrooms. Served warm, this pasta dinner is divinely creamy, turning any meal into a suddenly-special occasion.
Get the Recipe: Fettuccine with Shrimp, Asparagus and Mushrooms
The tangy sweet-and-savory combination of shrimp, BBQ sauce and Cheddar cheese in these quesadillas is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Though especially tasty when prepared with fresh ingredients, this recipe is ripe with opportunity for shortcuts, making them ideal for busy weeknight dinners or last minute get-togethers.
Get the Recipe: BBQ Shrimp Quesadillas
Warm and creamy with just a hint of sweetness, this chowder features the smoky, salty addition of country ham. Throw in a cup of chopped red or white potato to achieve an extra filling one-pot meal.
Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Corn Chowder
A collection of shrimp recipes missing a mention of grits would be an injustice. So it's only right to feature this classic dish, in all its textural glory. In this rendition, plump, sweet shrimp, bursting with juicy goodness are set against creamy cheese grits and dotted with salty crumbles of crisp bacon. <br /><br /> <strong>Get the Recipe:</strong> <a href="http://relish.com/recipes/shrimp-and-grits/" target="_blank">Shrimp and Grits</a>
Bright Mexican flavors join forces with protein-packed seafood and fresh vegetables for a nutritious, satisfying meal, wrapped
tight in the perfect little hand-held package—steamy tortillas, warmed on the grill.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Shrimp and Scallop Fajitas
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