Asian shrimp recipes are not only usually very easy to make so that they are ready to serve in barely any time at all.
They are also complimented by a whole range of delightful Asian spices, herbs and ingredients which makes them far more delicious than the standard shrimp with seafood sauce combo that we are all so used to.
From a rich and spicy stir fry to soft, succulent and sweet shrimp tempura, these are some of the most delicious Asian shrimp recipes that can be made in no time at all and are perfect for mixing in with some of that sweet and slightly salty shrimp flavor that we all crave so much.
1. Szechuan Shrimp
Szechuan sauce is a delicious delicacy in many parts of Asia and it’s not hard to see why with how sweet and delicious it is with the mixture of soy sauce, garlic, crushed red peppers and just a little ketchup to make the sauce thick enough to compliment some juicy shrimp.
Serve alongside some crunchy broccoli to ramp up the nutritional value of this dish to another level.
2. Sesame Shrimp Stir-Fry
This recipe is quick, easy and has a delicious kick of sesame oil and seeds to add a nutty flavor that is only enhanced by the crispy peppers, and of course the shrimp.
Not only is this a nutrition dense meal that’s delicious as soon as it’s cooked, the leftovers are just as tasty the day after.
3. Thai Spiced Barbecue Shrimp
If you ever thought that shrimp couldn’t possibly be made into a delicious barbeque dish, we’re happy to recommend this dish hailing from Thailand that douses the shrimp in some smoky herbs and chillies along with a Thai-curry kick that really makes the underlying flavors stand out, perfect to go along with some burgers and hot dogs for those barbeque gatherings.
4. Shrimp Red Thai Curry
Another shrimp dish that comes right out of Thailand, the shrimp is mixed into a smooth and incredibly creamy red Thai curry that has a spicy but also slightly savory flavor that is absorbed by the shrimp to make them even juicier.
With some jasmine rice as a side dish, this is a healthy main meal that is incredibly filling, so you won’t need to make too much all at once which can end up wasting ingredients.
5. Korean Saewoo Bokkeumbap
Ready to snack on in less than an hour, this shrimp dish is incredibly popular in many parts of Korea and combines some lightly spiced shrimp with some bell peppers and sliced carrots and is surrounded by some savory rice and oyster sauce to really kick the flavor of this afternoon meal up a notch (see also ‘28 Amazing Oyster Recipes For Every Occasion‘).
6. Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice
Another rice and shrimp based dish but with a couple of different ingredients, this Chinese shrimp fried rice is mixed in with a few scrambled eggs and some ham to give a bit more of a meaty texture that surrounds the shrimps along with a whole range of veggies including carrots, cauliflower, peas and any other additions you would like to add to create an elegant meal packed full of nutritional value.
7. Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup
For something a little more warm that you can curl up and enjoy on those colder days where the wind is whistling outside, this Thai soup surrounds the shrimp with a delightful curry-based broth which is piping hot upon being cooked up with a few vegetables.
Super tasty but also super healthy.
8. Shrimp In Lobster Sauce
This seafood dish can commonly be found on the menu in many Chinese restaurants, however it can just as easily be made in the home and can taste even better since you can add just about any extra veggies, spices or even seafood that you enjoy.
The chicken broth makes this soup the perfect blend between meat and seafood flavors, perfect for the fall and winter.
9. Shrimp Broccoli Stir Fry
Stir fry is the best way to combine a mixture of flavors into one tasty and delicious bowl that can easily be passed around the family table, however it can sometimes take a bit of time actually getting all the ingredients together.
This stir fry recipe avoids that entirely, using just shrimp and broccoli with a hint of sauce and some spices, this is a bowl full of crunch that you can be sure everyone will love.
10. Seafood Egg Rolls
Loaded full of shrimp, crab meat and sriracha, this is definitely not a recipe that any seafood lover will not want to miss.
With a crispy exterior and a lush and rich taste on the inside, these seafood egg rolls make for a tasty after-meal appetizer that isn’t too thick or filling to enjoy.
11. 15-Minute Honey Sriracha Shrimp Recipe
Sweet and very spicy, this easy and delicious shrimp recipe includes fresh garlic and honey to add a nice amount of sweetness to the juicy shrimps that is evened out elegantly with the kick of spice from the sriracha sauce that makes this a real delicacy that can either be enjoyed as a mid-week meal, or even as a nice surprise for the kids when they get home from school.
12. Spicy Prawn Mango Summer Salad
While prawns can be used for this light summery recipe, shrimps work just as well and even better in many cases with how much more refreshing and juicy they are which is what makes this dish so delightful as a light and easy to prepare meal that can be whipped up and enjoyed to keep you feeling energized when the temperatures start to spike outside.
13. Teriyaki Shrimp Recipe
This Japanese teriyaki shrimp is incredibly child friendly thanks to its sweet and sesame caramelized bits that are mixed in to make just one bowl of this dish packed full of delicious flavors, especially when served alongside just a little bit of rice to make it as filling as possible.
14. Shrimp Yakisoba
By mixing in some shrimp with the almost creamy texture of some Yakisoba noodles, you can create a delicious bowl of seafood goodness that melts in the mouth with each and every bite you take.
If you wanted to add even more spice, try mixing in just a little bit of chili-garlic sauce to create a delicious shrimp meal that you can be sure you’ll be making again in the near future.
15. One Pan Simple Asian Shrimp Noodle
If you’re looking for a shrimp recipe that has all those delicious Asian spices and extra ingredients mixed in but is also incredibly easy to make, this is the perfect recipe for you.
With soy sauce, red bell peppers and a little lemon juice to cover the shrimps in some flavorful goodness, just make sure to use a large flying pan when preparing this dish so you can fit all the ingredients in.
16. Asian Chili Garlic Shrimp
Effortless and extremely easy to make, this spiced up shrimp recipe can be made in just 12 minutes and uses a mixture of sriracha, soy sauce and garlic that creates a delicate but still tasty layering over the shrimp that really brings out there underlying seafood flavor that tastes so incredible and perfect as an appetizer to feed multiple mouths at once (see also ‘23 Healthy Keto-Friendly Shrimp Recipes‘).
17. Kung Pao Shrimp
These zesty, crunchy and slightly salty Chinese shrimps are not only delightful to eat as soon as you cook them up, if you find you’ve made a little too much you can even store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 3 days so you won’t have to worry about throwing any of this authentic, spiced and super sweet meal away.
18. Vietnamese Caramelized Shrimp
The shrimps in this recipe not only taste incredible when they are prepared, they also look the part having a distinct golden and almost glossy appearance which is only enhanced by the sweet and savory thick glaze covering them.
Alongside having just a little bit of crunch, some dark soy layered over the shrimps can also help bring out as much flavor as possible which also enhances their vibrant appearance color, great as a mid-week meal to enjoy when you get home from work.
19. Spicy Baked Shrimp Balls
We are convinced this recipe has found the perfect way to turn shrimp into the ultimate bitesize party appetizers by surrounding them with a deliciously soft panko bread crumb coating in the shape of a ball that not only looks incredible, but also has a fascinating taste with the added Thai chili peppers, green onions and cilantro giving the shrimp a nice pop to their flavor.
20. Pad Thai Shrimp
A hearty meal that can be ready to go in just 20 minutes, while this Thai dish is primarily based on the rice noodles, the shrimp and egg bean sprouts help to make the flavor even lighter and a joy for everyone who has the pleasure of trying it for the first time.
To make the taste that much sweeter, you can even use a combination of sugar, vinegar and lime juice to create a sauce that blends so well with the recipe, it’s almost unfair.
21. Hoisin Shrimp
If you’ve never tried hoisin sauce before, then you’re missing out on an Asian sauce that is packed full of such a strong and potent flavor that you really can’t mistake it for anything else.
When layered over some shrimp with just a little soy sauce and white vinegar mixed in to help balance out each of the flavors, this is an easy to make bowl of seafood goodness that is too good to not try at least once, trust us your friends will thank you once they take that scrumptious first bite.
22. Typhoon Shelter Shrimp
Getting its name in relation to the typhoons that commonly appear in Hong Kong, ‘Typhoon shelter’ has become a way of cooking in Hong Kong that features a signature breadcrumb coating which is applied to all sorts of ingredients, however for us shrimp lovers all that matters is that is tastes great when covering the seafood delicacy, and it certainly does especially when fused with a little garlic and ginger to create a bowl of shrimp goodness you won’t get bored of any time soon.
23. Poke Bond With Spicy Shrimp
Serving up to 4 people with just one batch, this is definitely a go-to seafood recipe for when you want to feed the whole family with just a few shrimp that are nicely spiced up thanks to the soy sauce, black sesame seeds and rice vinegar poured over them.
With some mango and cucumber added into the bowl, this is a light and refreshing delight that you and the family won’t want to miss out on.
24. Sweet & Sour Glazed Shrimp
Many of us can’t get enough of the taste of some sweet and sour sauce to the point where we will basically pour it over any and all of our favorite foods to enhance their taste, however if you’ve never tried glazing it on some shrimp with some pepper flakes, ginger and soy sauce mixed in along with an elegant pluma sauce for a little extra sweetness, now is your chance.
25. Shrimp Chow Mein
This classic Chinese favorite is such a treat to tuck into, especially due to the slightly crispy and chewy pan-fried noodles that are so delightful on the taste buds.
They go great when paired with some bean sprouts and scallions, and of course the shrimp which provides a nice juicy mixture that can be prepared in no time, so you won’t need to take a trip to a takeout next time you’re craving the addictive taste of some chewy chow mein.
26. Shrimp Lo Mein
If you’re not familiar with Chinese cooking, it can be easy to mix up lo mein and chow mein, however there are a few key differences which make the texture and taste quite different between the two.
Rather than cooking the noodles in a pan with the other ingredients, with lo mein you boil the noodles separately which makes them less crunchy and more soft and tender, the perfect compliment to some tasty shrimp.
27. Shrimp Dumplings
Also known as Har Gow in Chinese, this recipe takes the delicious and almost creamy rice flour dumplings and packs them with bamboo shoots, pork fat and a little shrimp that really elevates this fan favorite food to another level, having so many flavors with each and every bite, and the beauty of this all is that it can be made in under half an hour, perfect as a light afternoon snack or even as a tasty after-meal appetizer that is still extremely scrumptious to tuck in to.
28. Steamed Shrimp With Glass Noodles
By steaming the shrimp as part of this recipe, it helps them retain a lot of the moisture which in turn increases their juiciness and makes them even more delightful to chew on, but what really makes this dish stand out is the glass noodles that are very chewy and have a tinge of starchy sweetness that mixes perfectly with the soy sauce and garlic.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Healthiest Way To Prepare Shrimp?
While there are many methods of cooking shrimp including deep frying and boiling, steaming and grilling are often considered the healthiest way to prepare them.
This is because both methods do not add on any extra calories and retain a lot of the protein that shrimps possess rather than any being lost as it can through other cooking methods.
Additionally both these methods and especially steaming shrimp helps make them soft and tender which helps them absorb a lot of the spices, flavors and sauces mixed into the dish that also enhances their flavor by a tremendous amount.
Try experimenting with a few of these quick and easy Asian inspired recipes next time you are craving some of the salty and savory flavor of shrimp and see which one suits you and your friends and families taste preferences the most.
Who knows, you might just find your new favorite seafood dish that is sure to make anyone who tries it happy and satisfied each time you make it.
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