Our favorite healthy recipes with shrimp are perfect for weeknight meals. Shrimp is easy and quick to cook and it's a healthy protein option that's rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (good for heart and brain health).
If you like seafood recipes, check out our favorite pescetarian recipes. We hope you enjoy these healthy shrimp recipes as much as we do!
Are shrimp healthy?
Shrimp are low in carbs and calories and high in protein, Omega-3, and antioxidants (source). They're a healthy and sustainable choice for anyone wanting to have more seafood in their diet.
How to tell if shrimp is done cooking?
Here's what you should look for to see if your shrimp are fully cooked.
- Color – your shrimp should have pink tails and the raw, opaque color should become white and no longer translucent.
- Shape – cooked shrimp will curl into a “C” shape
- Temperature – the internal temperature of the shrimp should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit with an instant-read thermometer.
How much shrimp per person?
If you're buying unshelled, uncooked shrimp get 1 pound per person and if you're getting shelled shrimp, get 1/2 pound per person.
Are shrimp tails edible?
Shrimp tails are edible but generally not eaten, especially with boiled or sautéed shrimp. Often people will use the shrimp tail as a handle to hold onto shrimp while eating it. If people do eat the shrimp tail it's typically when it's been deep fried in shrimp tempura.
Can shrimp be refrozen?
Most grocery store shrimp has been frozen and then defrosted to be sold in the seafood case, in which case it cannot be refrozen. Any protein that's been defrosted at some point should not be refrozen. So unless you've bought the shrimp already frozen or caught it yourself, don't put it in the freezer.