Shrimp recipes are great for the busy person who wants a quick, delicious, high protein meal. Shrimp take no time to cook and doesn’t need complex flavorings to be delicious. They’re best when simply marinated or seasoned. Mediterranean cooking pairs shrimp with lots of herbs, citrus, vegetables, and of course, garlic.
There are two beautiful shrimp salads in this list. The first salad is perfect to make when you’re grilling outside. This salad really stands out on the table because of how colorful it is. Colorful peppers, avocado, lots of fresh herbs, and marinated, grilled shrimp, this salad has everything. The second salad is simple and comes together in no time. The Lemony Shrimp Salad with Fresh Parsley is light and refreshing.
The other three recipes are great appetizers or entrees. Shrimp with Feta and Tomatoes is an iconic seafood dish from Greece called “saganaki”. Salty feta, sweet shrimp, savory tomatoes, this is an instant classic. The next recipe, Sizzling Lemon Garlic Shrimp, is another super easy recipe that combines a little butter with extra virgin olive oil that gives the shrimp a richness, which is perfectly contrasted by the fresh lemon juice! The last recipe is our newest shrimp recipe, which came out just last week! Skillet Shrimp with Basil and Olives is broiled in a cast-iron skillet that makes for a beautiful presentation. This is the perfect appetizer to serve at your next party. I tried a similar shrimp dish at a party this year and that’s what inspired me to create my own version. I loved this recipe and your guests are going to love it too!
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1. Grilled Shrimp Salad with Fresh Dill Dressing
Grilled Shrimp Salad with Fresh Dill Dressing is a big hit at our picnics and barbecues. It is super easy to make. Shrimp takes less time to marinate and less time to cook than most any other meat, chicken or fish. Many people don’t marinate shrimp at all, choosing to just brush on flavorings during the grilling process, but marinating does give the shrimp extra zestiness. Give yourself at least a half an hour of marinating time. Marinate the shrimp while you are preparing the rest of the food for your grilling adventure. Once the shrimp is marinated, make the dressing. You may or may not decide to use all of the dressing for the grilled shrimp salad. If you have extra, I would recommend using it for other salads or add it to soups or stews.
2. Shrimp with Feta and Tomatoes (Crete)
My first stop at most parties is the appetizer table. Ninety percent of the time, the same dishes appear and most of them are not part of the Mediterranean Diet: crackers with 3 different types of cheese; chips with dip; a vegetable platter; kielbasa with mustard; deviled eggs; and of course shrimp cocktail. I used to love shrimp with tangy cocktail sauce, but I have had so much of it over the years that it’s lost it’s appeal. Luckily for us, Koula Barydakis has given us a traditional Greek shrimp recipe that made me love shrimp again! This recipe works as both an appetizer or as the main dish. When I have it for dinner I pair it with greens (horta) and potatoes and white wine. I think you will find this to be an amazing new way to cook shrimp that will add new flavor to both your parties and dinners.
3. Lemony Shrimp Salad with Parsley
Brighten up your day with our simple Cretan Shrimp Salad from “Foods of Crete: Traditional Recipes from the Healthiest People in the World.” Shhh… Company doesn’t need to know that this salad comes together in a flash. Dressed with olive oil, parsley and lemon, you’ll find these flavors irresistible.
4. Sizzling Lemon Garlic Shrimp
The best shrimp recipes are the simplest! This is a no-fuss kind of recipe you can make in around twenty minutes! Lots of garlic, leeks, olive oil, and lemon simply flavor the shrimp. Shrimp don’t need much more than that! Make this as an appetizer or main dish!
5. Skillet Garlic Shrimp with Basil and Olives
Over the holidays at a neighborhood party, I tried an insanely delicious broiled skillet garlic shrimp recipe. I asked the host what the general ingredients were because I wanted to create a version for Mediterranean Living. I just loved how it was served right out of the skillet, and the shrimp were coated in this tangy, garlicky sauce that started to caramelize onto the shrimp from broiling it.