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.
What Goes with Shrimp? 48 Sides To Eat with This Shellfish
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.
Peep our new favorite way to prepare broccoli. The cut surface gets super caramelized for extra flavor.
Bonus: This colorful dish is completely plant-based. For the best results, make sure the plantains are super ripe when you buy them.
Who said salads need lettuce? We’re going all in on avocado.
This produce-heavy dish makes ideal lunch leftovers, too. (The edible flowers are optional, but you get major style points if you add them.)
Quinoa already had its moment in the spotlight, but that doesn’t mean we’re over the protein-packed grain (seed, if you want to get technical). A sweet, nutty dressing and lots of colorful veggies make it a fitting side or base for shrimp.
If you ask us, burrata goes with everything, including seafood. (The jewel-like beets and tomatoes don’t hurt anything either.)
We paired two of our favorite in-season vegetables into one summery side dish. Behold the corn and tomato salad. It serves six as a side dish, but for two or three, you could make it the base for a bright, refreshing shrimp salad.