While the phrase "quick and healthy weeknight meals" may sound like an oxymoron, we've found six recipes that prove they exist. So before you open up Postmates to order delivery, allow us to present six healthy shrimp recipes that can be ready in under 30 minutes. Ranging in flavor from a Thai-inspired twist on coconut shrimp to a Korean barbecue take on grilled shrimp, these recipes are proof that you can put an inspired dinner on the table quickly. So get ready to say goodbye to your boring go-to meal of baked chicken with a side of roasted veggies.
Ahead are healthy shrimp recipes so good you'll think you're in Portugal.
The Standout Ingredient: The red curry paste. When combined with the sweetness of the coconut, this spicy sauce takes these baked bites to the next level.
The Pro Tip: "The fact that it takes maybe 10 minutes or so to bread all the shrimp and then another 10 to bake them… well, that should make your decision on whether to give these a try a no-brainer," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
The Recipe: Glass Noodle Salad With Shrimp
The Standout Ingredient: The fish sauce. When mixed with lime juice and a bit of sugar, this flavorful ingredient really makes the sauce.
The Pro Tip: "I know the fish sauce probably seems weird/gross/intimidating/confusing to some of you, but don't skimp out on this or be creeped out," advises Teri of Spoon Fork Bacon. "Yes, it's very pungent, but for a recipe like this, it's perfect."
The Recipe: Honey Garlic Korean Grilled Shrimp
The Standout Ingredient: The red chili paste, gochujang. This sweet, spicy, and savory paste lends the shrimp that signature Korean barbecue flavor.
The Pro Tip: "I served the shrimp over a bed of rice with a side of grilled veggies," offers Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "So good and great for a super-fast Monday dinner."
The Recipe: Sesame Soba Noodles With Shrimp
The Standout Ingredient: The sesame soy vinaigrette. This bright sauce keeps the dish light and fresh and doesn't overpower the flavor of either the shrimp or the soba noodles.
The Pro Tip: "This is considerably lighter than a crazy-heavy pasta dish, but it's still super filling, and it won't leave you in a coma," says Teri of Spoon Fork Bacon.
The Recipe: Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp in Coconut Milk
The Standout Ingredient: The honey garlic butter sauce. While butter isn't the healthiest ingredient in the world, you don't need much of it to make this flavorful sauce (so we say indulge a bit).
The Pro Tip: "The shrimp really only needs to sit in the marinade for about 10 minutes or so because you also cook it in the same marinade, which in turn creates a yummy sauce," advises Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
The Standout Ingredient: The kaffir lime leaves, which add a fresh flavor to this spicy soup. If you can't find them at your local Asian grocery store, Teri of Spoon Fork Bacon notes that you can substitute regular lime juice in their place.
The Pro Tip: "Perfect for days that are just a little overcast and also on days you wish it was raining but isn't," offers Teri of Spoon Fork Bacon.