What Goes with Shrimp? 45 Sides To Eat with This Shellfish

Bye, store-bought potato salad. It’s time to up your game for your next shrimp dinner. Whether you skewer them on the grill, fry them gambas al ajillo-style or sear them for ceviche, your entrée will come alive with these 45 sides for shrimp.

How to Thaw Shrimp

Fresh shrimp is delicious, but frozen shrimp is convenient and, if we’re being honest, tastes just as good. It’s also quick and easy to thaw. If you have 12 hours (and can remember to do it ahead), thaw the frozen shrimp in a lidded container in the fridge overnight. If you have 20 minutes (or forgot to put the shrimp in the fridge overnight), transfer the frozen shrimp to a colander and submerge them in a bowl of cold water, making sure all the shrimp are covered with water. After ten minutes, drain the water, refill the bowl once more and wait another ten minutes until the shrimp are thawed before draining and using.

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2. Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables

It’s fresh and easy, and requires little more effort than choosing your favorite veggies.

3. Ginger Jasmine Rice

Swap the tofu for shrimp and you’re in business.

4. Patatas Bravas With Saffron Aioli

Crispy, tomato-laced fried potatoes? You simply can’t go wrong.

5. Seasoned Steamed Eggplant

This eggplant is silky soft, tender and creamy, not to mention perfectly seasoned with soy, vinegar, ginger and sesame.

6. Pan-roasted Broccoli ‘steaks’ With Garlic-sesame Vinaigrette

Peep our new favorite way to prepare broccoli. The cut surface gets super caramelized for extra flavor.

7. Cast-iron Cornbread

Cooking in a searing hot cast-iron skillet is the key to golden-brown edges.

8. Corn Fritter Caprese With Peaches And Tomatoes

Honestly, this side dish might steal the show (but we’re not complaining).

10. Creamy Oven Polenta

This gives a new meaning to “shrimp and grits.”

13. Zoodles With Summer Vegetables

A quick trip to the farmers market and dinner is halfway done.

14. Jicama Mango Slaw With Cilantro And Lime

This is the perfect bed for a couple of shrimp skewers, don’t you think?

15. Summer Millet Salad

If you're tired of quinoa as a base, it's time to try millet. Did we mention it's gluten-free and cooks quickly?

19. Summer Panzanella

Never had panzanella before? Think of it like bread salad.

21. Greek Tabbouleh Salad

Pretend you’re gazing at those blue rooftops in Santorini.

23. Avocado Rice

It’s creamy, rich and anything but boring.

24. Slow-cooker Creamed Corn

This is one winter dish we’ll gladly eat year-round. Using the slow cooker means you won’t heat up the whole house, either.

26. Sugar Snap Pea Salad With Chèvre Ranch

Take advantage of those crispy snap peas while they’re in season, people.

27. Whole Roasted Carrots

With onion, lemon zest and lots of cumin, you might never go back to glazed carrots.

28. Chilled Cucumber Salad

This refreshing side dish is exactly what we crave on a hot day.

31. Roasted Parmesan Pesto Potatoes

If you thought you liked potatoes before, wait until you try them with Parmesan pesto.

33. Lemon And Spinach Orzotto

It’s creamy like traditional risotto, in much less time.

34. Corn And Tomato Salad With Feta And Lime

We paired two of our favorite in-season vegetables into one summery side dish. Behold the corn and tomato salad.

35. Sprightly Biscuits

Introducing the easiest, fastest, fluffiest southern biscuits (with a little secret).

36. Roasted Poblano And Corn Guacamole

Seriously upgrade Taco Tuesday with shrimp tacos and a heaping bowl of this guac. You won't be disappointed.

39. Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni And Cheese

Psst: If you’re not a cauliflower fanatic, pack in a veggie punch with whatever produce you have in your fridge.

40. 15-minute Mediterranean Couscous With Tuna

What looks totally fancy but takes virtually no effort to make? Why, this 15-minute couscous number. Trade out the tuna for grilled shrimp and you’ll love it even more.

41. Chickpea And Vegetable Coconut Curry

Your new go-to dish when you want to impress someone (or just really want curry).

42. Vegan Chilaquiles With Red Sauce

This dish is entirely plant-based and brunch-ready. We should also mention it takes just 15 minutes to make. (Grilled shrimp, tossed in hot sauce, would go great with this, BTW.)

43. Crunchy Asian-inspired Ramen Noodle Salad

Sweet, tangy and crispy, this potluck favorite is tossed with a simple sesame vinaigrette and loaded with healthy veggies.

44. Cauliflower Chili

It’s the bowl of our wildest dreams, plus it's super healthy and ready in about 30 minutes.