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