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Shrimp is underrated. It's the quickest, most versatile protein in your kitchen. You can smother it in cheese sauce and pasta, or toss it on the grill in a light and zesty dressing. Here, 50 surprising recipes that prove our point.

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

Close your eyes and you’re on a tropical vacation.

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Shrimp Boil Skewers with Corn, Sausage and Potatoes

Low-maintenance, mess-free and totally delicious.

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Shrimp with Cauliflower ’Grits’ and Arugula

Lose the carbs but keep the flavor.

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Ginger-Pineapple Shrimp Stir-Fry

Eating solo tonight? Try this.

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Cheater’s Skillet Paella

All you need is one pan and an oven.

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The Little Epicurean

Soy Ginger Shrimp with Forbidden Rice

Black rice is packed with iron and antioxidants.

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A Thought For Food

Baby Artichoke and Shrimp Risotto

It’s the seafood version of engagement chicken.

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Inspiralized

Creamy Avocado Zucchini Pasta with Charred Corn and Spicy Shrimp

Coterie member Ali Maffucci knows the key to our hearts.

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A Better Happier St. Sebastian

Sautéed Shrimp Po Boy with Chard Slaw and Old Bay Remoulade

It’s a proper Southern feast.

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The Crepes of Wrath

Shrimp and Cucumber Salad with Celery

Easy-breezy.

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Feed Me Phoebe

Coconut Lime Shrimp Packets with Summer Veggies

Coterie member Phoebe Lapine presents a mess-proof way to cook seafood.

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Foodie Crush

Prosciutto Wrapped Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Marinate on Sunday, toss them on the grill on Monday.

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Pinch of Yum

Spicy Weekend Gumbo with Shrimp and Sausage

Love spicy food? This one goes out to you.

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Spoon Fork Bacon

Shrimp Scampi Flatbreads

Shh, it’s store-bought naan.

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Gimme Delicious Food

Creamy Shrimp Stuffed Avocado

Way more interesting than chicken salad.

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Two Peas & Their Pod

Shrimp Bowls with Coconut Cilantro Lime Rice and Pineapple Salsa

Easy doesn’t have to be boring. (Coterie member Maria Lichty would know.)

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Skinny Taste

Sheet Pan Shrimp with Broccolini and Tomatoes

Bring it on, busy weeknights.

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The Kitchen Confidante

Greek Shrimp, Pearl Barley and Kale with Feta

Tasty is always in season.

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Chew Out Loud

Soba Noodles with Shrimp and Lime Cilantro

Enjoy it hot or cold.

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The Girl On Bloor

Caprese Shrimp Zoodle Bowls with Avocado Sauce

Make a double batch of the dressing and thank us later.

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The Roasted Root

BBQ Shrimp and Sweet Potato Bowls

We never get tired of hearty bowls.

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What’s Gabby Cooking

Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro Pesto

Coterie member Gaby Dalkin proves that you can throw everything on the barbecue.

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Camille Styles

Spicy Shrimp Coconut Curry Bowls

They start with frozen shrimp and veggies.

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Damn Delicious

Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti Squash

Half the calories of a bowl of pasta.

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Adventures in Cooking

Garlic Shrimp

Paleo (though you’d never guess).

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Paleo Running Momma

Shrimp Cobb Salad with Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette

We’re drooling.

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Omnivore’s Cookbook

3-Ingredient Orange and Asparagus

You totally have 15 minutes to make this.

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Feasting at Home

15-Minute Lemon Basil Shrimp and Asparagus

Packed with flavor.

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Plum

Black Ink Ginger Pasta

Thanks to Coterie member Dev Amadeo, we know what we’re cooking this weekend.

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The Defined Dish

Thai Red Curry Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Psst: They’re Whole30-compliant.

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Cafe Delites

Creamy Garlic Butter Tuscan Shrimp

BRB, we’re diving in.

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Dinner Then Dessert

Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp

Ditch the takeout. Trust us.

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No. 2 Pencil

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Your kids just might love these.

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Skinny Taste

Spicy California Shrimp Stack

Your white tablecloth is optional.

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Closet Cooking

Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple

Why skimp on flavor?

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Half Baked Harvest

Baked Thai Coconut Shrimp with Lemongrass Guacamole

A party in our mouth.

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Peas & Crayons

Buffalo Shrimp Dip

Is this even legal?

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A Spicy Southern Kitchen

Spicy Shrimp and Tomato Cream Pasta

Damn, gemelli, you’re looking quite fine.

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Happy and Harried

Thai Shrimp and Mango Cabbage Cups

Isn’t it time to throw a cocktail party?

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Two Purple Figs

Quick Shrimp Pasta with Garlic Feta Sauce

Um, we’ll be serving our spaghetti on platters from here on out.

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The Butter Half

Easy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Zoodles

Our dream summer lunch.

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Mommy’s Home Cooking

Spanish Style Garlic Shrimp

Sop up the sauce with baguette.

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Downshiftology

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Straight-up artistry.

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The Recipe Critic

Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce

Hey, good lookin’.

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How Sweet Eats

Tequila Shrimp Taco Salad

Yep, you read that right.

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Lindsay Eats LA

Sesame Oil Shrimp Rolls

Eat your heart out, lobster.

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From A Chef’s Kitchen

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Cocktail sauce, be gone.

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Fox and Briar

Baked Coconut Shrimp

So tasty, you barely need a sauce.

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Natasha’s Kitchen

Shrimp Cakes with Lemon Aioli

This has “family friendly” written all over it.

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Carlsbad Cravings

One Pan Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp and Asparagus

It's on your table in 15 minutes.

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