Spicy shrimp is on every kitchen chef’s list of staple recipes. It’s not only mouth-savoring, but it’s also remarkably easy to make and can be added to a wide variety of meals. There’s so much to love about spicy shrimp!
Perfecting the Spicy Baked Shrimp
After you try cooking spicy shrimp a couple of times, you’ll sync with the easy prep routine and perfect your own recipe in no time. Here are a few of the reasons why we love this dish and why it’s so simple to master:
- Few ingredients: Shrimp, spice, salt, oil – that’s it!
- Easy to make: If your shrimp is thawed, you can plan on being ready to go in 10 minutes.
- The perfect last-minute option: Its quick prep and cook time make spicy shrimp an ultra-reliable last-minute go-to meal.
- Versatility: Spicy shrimp goes with just about anything, and we’ll go as far as to say that it makes just about everything taste better.
Spicy Shrimp Recipes to Consider
Spicy shrimp can be added to just about anything to make it tastier. Take a look at a few of our favorite ways to cook with spicy shrimp:
- Appetizer: Need a simple last-minute appetizer? Spicy shrimp and toothpicks, voilà!
- Rice Bowl: Add spicy shrimp to your next rice bowl for rave reviews on your kitchen mastery. We recommend including the following in your bowl: brown rice, grilled corn, shredded carrot, red bell peppers, cilantro, lime juice and either a garlic-soy (or possibly the serrano chili pepper instead of garlic) or ponzu sauce.
- Stir-fry: Mix and match vegetables of your choice in a spicy shrimp stir-fry. The most important piece of your stir-fry is the sauce, so make sure you have plenty before you begin cooking. Stir-fry nights make great social get-togethers with friends or super simple last-minute meals.
- Tacos: Nothing better than a spicy shrimp taco for any meal on any day of the week. Shred a bit of carrot, beetroot, and cabbage to help make the fillings, and choose wisely with lemon or lime squeezed on top. Remember to include white rice, beans and cilantro, and most importantly, avocado!
- Salad: Spicy shrimp goes well on top of spinach, arugula or butter lettuce, and is topped nicely with a lemon-infused dressing. If you’re feeling a wave of culinary flair, try it with poppyseed dressing, or mint and lemon juice.
- Vegan-friendly: Okay, you obviously can’t make the entire dish animal-free; but, you can use a separate pan to cook the shrimp and amp up the supply on the rest of ingredients you’re preparing in your meal. If you go with a rice bowl, tacos or salad, add more veggies into the mix and allow your guests to add shrimp to their own liking. If you still want to provide the spicy kick, saute tofu or sweet potatoes with the same spicy ingredients (remember to use a different pan!).
Top 2 Easy Spicy Shrimp Recipes
Spicy shrimp is so simple to make, it’s bound to become one of your back-pocket recipes in no time at all. You’ll notice a few different ways to thaw the shrimp, cook it and spice it up. None of these factors alter the quality of the recipe, so choose the one that best suits your cooking preferences and style.
The Spicy Shrimp
- Two pounds of shrimp; raw, peeled, deveined. You can purchase your shrimp this way or do the work yourself. Be mindful that peeling and deveining will add 20-30 minutes to prep time.
- One tsp garlic powder
- Two tbsp of olive oil (or oil of your choice; try aroma-free coconut oil if you don’t want to add an oil flavor)
- One tsp chili powder
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (you might add more if you want it to be spicier, so have more readily available)
Extra Spicy Shrimp
- Follow instructions for the Spicy Shrimp – it’s that easy!
- Add an additional ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper at a time
- Preparing the shrimp:
The shrimp you use is up to you. You can buy it fresh day-of, or you can have it on-hand in the freezer and thaw it the day you want to make a spicy shrimp meal. If you are preparing spicy shrimp as an app or only serving a couple of people (or just yourself!), keeping the bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer is a good idea, and using only a handful of shrimp you need for the recipe. If you’re watching your caloric intake, remain mindful of frozen shrimp’s high sodium content; on the plus side, note its generous protein content, too.
Thawing the Shrimp:
To thaw the shrimp, you can defrost them the night before or plop them in a bowl of room temperature water. Depending on the number of shrimp, the latter option can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes.
Cooking the shrimp:
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Using parchment paper, line baking sheet
- Scatter shrimp across the paper
- Lather (or sparsely splatter) the shrimp with oil and spices
- Generously add spices
- Using your hands, spread shrimp around the sheet, making sure the spices and oil are evenly distributed and that each shrimp is coated
- Bake 8 minutes, or broil 4 minutes, or saute 5 minutes
- Serve right away
Pairing Spicy Shrimp
So many side dishes complement spicy shrimp well. Depending on the preparation you decide on for your spicy shrimp meal, one of the options below will stick out as the perfect pairing selection. Take a look at a few of our favorites (and don’t be afraid to share your suggestions in the comments below).
- Lemon broccoli
- Baby potatoes
- Grilled corn-on-the-cob
- Grilled onions + bell peppers
Be Mindful of Time
As long as your shrimp is thawed, save it as the last part of your meal to cook. The shrimp only needs 5-10 minutes to be ready to eat, and it’s best enjoyed hot out of the oven or off the pan. Once everything else in the meal is ready to go, cook the shrimp and serve them while still warm.
Keep It Authentic
Follow general Asian cooking guidelines to get the best idea of how a recipe is supposed to taste. From there, it’s easy to determine what worked or what didn’t work. Make substitutions based on flavor palettes and dietary restrictions, but adhere to a few general standards:
- Use fresh ingredients to promote wellness and maximize the benefits involved with eating.
- Shop locally to indulge in your community’s natural resources and freshest food supply
- Eat according to the season – this includes seasonal ingredient variety as well as serving dishes at a temperature that complements the current temperature conditions.
Let Us Know What You Think
Have you tried your own take on the recipes above? We love sticking to classic guidelines and making creative culinary decisions to add substitute ingredients. If you have a recommendation that you’ve tried and you or your guests have loved, let our culinary community know about it by commenting in the section below.
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