Whether you grill them, pickle them, saute them, or give them a quick poach and a squeeze of lemon, shrimp shine in a range of dishes from around the world. Here are 17 of our favorite ways to prepare this quick-cooking, flavorful, and versatile seafood.


Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado

Large poached shrimp are dressed in an herbed mayonnaise and served on a bed of lettuce and avocado in this refreshing take on the traditional hors d’oeuvre. Get the recipe for Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado »

Gan Shao Xia (Sweet and Sour Shrimp)

Delightfully sweet and tangy, these Shanghainese shrimp take under ten minutes to prepare. See the recipe for Gan Shao Xia »

Shrimp with Pancetta and Rosemary (Gamberi al Rosmarino)

These pancetta-studded shrimp are ready in minutes. Serve them with extra bread to mop up the garlicky wine sauce. Get the recipe for Shrimp with Pancetta and Rosemary (Gamberi al Rosmarino) »

Shrimp and Herb Canapés

Slices of shrimp make a colorful garnish for delicate canapés spread with a seasoned butter pureed with additional shrimp. Get the recipe for Shrimp and Herb Canapés »

Grilled Spot Prawns with Finger Lime and Basil

Spot prawns are so sweet and tasty on their own that they only need a simple sauce, making this finger lime dressing a delightful accompaniment. Guests will be licking the shells and their fingers to get more citrusy crunch and pop from the “lime caviar,” and that’s what you want.

Popiah (Fresh Spring Rolls)

Fresh, crunchy shrimp- and tofu-filled spring rolls are a popular street snack in Ipoh, Malaysia’s capital city. See the recipe for Popiah »

Pickled Shrimp

Briny, faintly spicy pickled shrimp are a staple of Southern cuisine. In this Georgia-inspired version, frozen raw shrimp are a fine substitute for fresh. Get the recipe for Pickled Shrimp »

Baja Ceviche Tostadas

Inspired by the street foods of coastal city Ensenada, the tostada is topped with the perfect combination of citrus, spicy chiles, and fresh marinated seafood. See the recipe for Baja Ceviche Tostadas »
These traditional shrimp dumplings are encased in har gow dough, glutinous dumpling skins that are opaque when raw and become luminously translucent once cooked. Get the recipe for Shrimp and Pea Shoot Dumplings »

Shrimp and Pickled Celery

Tender, simmered celery is paired with shrimp and lightly pickled for a uniquely flavorful appetizer.

Fritto Misto (Fried Squid, Fish, and Shrimp)

Deep-frying seafood in a good-quality extra-virgin olive oil imparts fruity, peppery flavors and creates an incredibly delicate crust.

Shrimp Satay (Satay Udang)

Ground macadamia nuts enrich this spicy Singaporean-style shrimp satay. Get the recipe for Shrimp Satay (Satay Udang) »

Shrimp Scampi

This simple, delicious seafood pasta, full of flavor from garlic, shallots, and red chile flakes, is a staple of Italian-American restaurants. etG the recipe for Shrimp Scampi »

Shrimp with Feta

The acidity of feta cheese helps the shrimp retain moisture in this summery Macedonian specialty. See the recipe for Shrimp with Feta »

Shrimp on the Griddle

All over Spain and Portugal, meat and seafood are cooked on large, flat iron griddles, or planchas; cast-iron skillets are a perfect substitute. This dish is best made with fresh head-on shrimp, though the frozen, headless variety (thawed) can be used as long as they still have their shells; searing shrimp in the shell keeps the meat moist, while the shells get tender and crispy. See the recipe for Shrimp on the Griddle »**
The spicy sauce in this New Orleans recipe marinates for a full 2-7 days before the shrimp are cooked in it, allowing it to develop a delightful intensity. See the recipe for Shrimp Uggie »
Rich Moroccan spices marry the flavors of all three seafood ingredients. Surprisingly easy to prepare, the bass can be grilled or broiled for a beautifully crisped skin and moist interior. See the recipe for Striped Bass Stuffed with Swordfish and Shrimp »