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14 shrimp recipes you should probably make right now

Sometimes the little guy comes out on top. Shrimp is the MVP of these recipes thanks to its versatility, fast cook time and all around ease.

By Amy Valm

14 shrimp recipes you should probably make right now

Photo: Michael Graydon

Just a little shrimp

Shrimp, Cabbage and Sweet Pepper Stir-Fry

If you know what’s good for you, you stir-fry at least once a week (yes, we verbed that). Stir-fry is a great way to make a tasty dinner in a hurry, using up what’s been neglected in the fridge. In this case, that red pepper and cabbage. Get the recipe: Shrimp, Cabbage and Sweet Pepper Stir-Fry

Bowl of rice topped with shrimp, red pepper, cabbage and cilantroPhoto: Michael Graydon

“Buffalo Wing” Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

These not-too-spicy bites are great tucked up in a leaf of romaine with homemade ranch. Get the recipe: “Buffalo Wing” Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps with buffalo shrimp and ranch sauce wrapped up insidePhoto: Andrew Grinton

Leek and Shrimp Potstickers

Oh, you buy potstickers from the freezer section? That’s cool, and there’s no shame in the freezer aisle game, but if you feel like taking on a weekend project, may we suggest these little leek and shrimp-filled babes? Once you fill one or two dumpling wrappers, you will become a pro. Get the recipe: Leek and Shrimp Potstickers

Plate with potstickers, chopsticks and soy sauce to dipPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Shrimp and Coconut Rice Bowl

Are you living your best grain bowl life? If you make this rice-based combo, you will be. That’s plump shrimp, ripe avocado, strips of ginger and protein-rich edamame hanging out on top. Get the recipe: Shrimp and Coconut Rice Bowl

bowl of rice, edamame, shrimp and seaweedPhoto: Erik Putz

Grilled Polenta Cakes with Shrimp and Tomatoes

Don’t fear polenta! Cornmeal means you no harm, it just wants to be grilled and topped with perfectly marinated shrimp. This recipe uses the tube variety, which is an easy first step before you whip up your own creamy batch. It’s your friend, promise. Get the recipe: Grilled Polenta Cakes with Shrimp and Tomatoes

round of grilled polenta with shrimp and tomatoes on a platePhoto: Andrew Grinton

Thai Red Shrimp Curry

Craving a Thai curry? Put down that menu and make this hearty bowl. It’s ready in just 35 minutes. That’s faster than delivery, friend. Get the recipe: Thai Red Shrimp Curry

bowl of red curry with shrimp and ricePhoto: Ryan Szulc

Spring Pea Tortellini with Shrimp

Listen, we’re not trying to make you feel badly by flaunting our homemade tortellini in your face because you can totally make them, too. Thanks to dumpling wrappers and our easy how-to video, you just showed those tortellini who’s boss. Also, shrimp. Get the recipe: Spring Pea Tortellini with Shrimp

Plate with homemade tortellini, fresh peas and shrimpPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Shrimp and Red Pepper Stir Fry

Oh hey, stir-fry. We love cooking with shrimp firstly, because it’s tasty, and secondly, because it cooks up in a hurry. Yep, that’s pineapple in the mix. What can we say? We like to get a little wild sometimes. Get the recipe: Shrimp and Red Pepper Stir Fry

shrimp stir-fry

Japanese Shrimp and Cabbage Okonomiyaki

We’d like to introduce you to this savoury pancake. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese dish where basically anything goes (okonomi translates to “how you like”). In this case, shredded cabbage, diced shrimp and thin slices of green onion. Spicy mayo to dip, please. Get the recipe: Japanese Shrimp and Cabbage Okonomiyaki

14 shrimp recipes you should probably make right now

Quick Shrimp Fried Rice

Here’s a new one for you: STIR-FRY. We love a good fried rice, especially with plump shrimp tossed in. This is a top-pinned recipe on Pinterest, so it must be good. What are you waiting for? Get the recipe: Quick Shrimp Fried Rice

cast iron pan with rice, shrimp, eggs and mixed veggiesPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Salad in a Jar

Here’s a surefire way to impress your friends and family: salad in a jar. The concept is simple and the results are so luxe. It’s great for serving at showers, barbecues or any other celebration that involves standing around. Get the recipe: Salad in a Jar

pregnant woman holding mason jar filled with red quinoa, shrimp, cherry tomatoes and spring mixPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Island Shrimp Burger

Shrimp, green onion, mayonnaise, lime juice, cornstartch and chili sauce get whirled up in the food processor to form these deep-sea patties. They’re mighty juicy, and with such flavourful responsibility, are a little fragile, so cook them in a grill pan for best results. Get the recipe: Island Shrimp Burger

shrimp patty on top of a bun with a mango salsaPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Grilled Shrimp Salad

We spy a leafy bed of Boston lettuce topped with grilled shrimp, black beans, avocado, chopped peppers and corn. Take it to the next level by stuffing it all in a tortilla. Get the recipe: Grilled Shrimp Salad

bowl of salad with grilled shrimp, orange pepper, corn and black beansPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura

Who doesn’t love tempura? That light-as-air, crispy batter is almost too good when it’s clinging to veggies and our star, shrimp. Get the recipe: Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura

bowl of battered and tempura shrimp and vegetablesPhoto: Jodi Pudge

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