Quick-Cooking Shrimp Is the Key to a Fast 15-Minute Dinner
Cooking a meal with shrimp shouldn't take longer than 15 minutes.
Shrimp in an ingredient that is as versatile and functional as it is delicious: serve it with rice or toss it into pasta, and you’ll have a meal ready in only a few minutes.
This is largely because shrimp cooks through in only 4 to 5 minutes—you don’t need to be a slave to the stove because shrimp doesn’t need much attention, and it’s pretty easy to tell when it is cooked through. Here are a few tips for cooking shrimp:
1 Look for color. Shrimp will turn from translucent gray meat to opaque, pearly meat. You’ll also see the tails turn into a vibrant orange-red color.
2 Avoid overcooking. Once the shrimp changes color and the meat isn’t translucent any longer, which should take only 4 to 5 minutes (depending on the shrimp size), your shrimp is good to go. Overcooked shrimp will turn out to be rubbery and dry.
3 Get creative with your dish. Shrimp goes with almost everything—toast, rice, pasta, soup, and vegetables. Check your pantry and refrigerator for any staples you can pair with it, and dinner is served!
4 Shop smartly. When shopping for shrimp in the grocery, check the frozen seafood aisle for vacuum-sealed bags of shrimp. They come in different sizes, too, so choose which type you prefer. These frozen bags of shrimp often come already peeled and deveined, which means you have absolutely no prep work involved once you start cooking.
Get started with these quick recipes:
1 Shrimp Pasta
Shrimp with their tails still on make for beautiful dishes! Serve shrimp over your favorite kind of pasta and tossed some greens into your dish.
2 Shrimp and Vegetable Stir-Fry
Shrimp and veggies both take only a few minutes to cook. Serve this stir-fry over a bowl of hot rice!
3 Honey-Hoisin Shrimp
This seafood dish mixes sweet, savory, and spicy flavors! Serve this shrimp dish with roasted vegetables on the side or with freshly-steamed rice.