Precooked shrimp gives new meaning to “cheat food.”
Precooked shrimp is one of the best cooking cheats. Keep this in your fridge or freezer, and you’ll have easy, lean protein at your fingertips. Now the question is, how do you use it? These healthy recipes using precooked shrimp are a great place to start.
Why shrimp? When it comes to protein, the American Heart Association recommends choosing quality over quantity. Instead of trying to consume as much protein as you can, choose protein options that are low in saturated fat. Saturated fat is harder on heart health and may increase your risk of heart disease. Two primary examples of healthy proteins are legumes and seafood—including shrimp. Talk to your doctor about whether consuming shrimp is the right choice for your cholesterol profile.
Raw shrimp is great, but precooked (and deveined) shrimp makes things easy. Now your “lazy” meals can be good for you, too.
1. Shrimp tacos
Shrimp tacos have less saturated fat than beef or pork tacos. Add guac for heart-healthy fats, or add a spoonful of your favorite salsa for zesty flavor.
2. Shrimp fried rice
For the ultimate time-saving meal, make fried rice using leftover brown rice, fresh or frozen veggies, and precooked shrimp. Use extra veggies than the recipe calls for to get more fiber and vitamins.
3. Tomato basil shrimp pasta
It might come as a surprise, but you can make whole grain pasta with a homemade sauce in just 15 minutes. Not bad, right? Precooked shrimp helps add a little protein to pasta night.
4. Shrimp caesar salad
Not in the mood to grill chicken breast? Shrimp it up instead. For an extra healthy twist, try a Greek yogurt-based caesar dressing to reduce saturated fat.
5. Air-fried coconut shrimp
If you love coconut shrimp, air frying is a great way to satisfy your craving without a deep fryer—and may actually reduce the amount of fat and oil in your food. With precooked shrimp, this recipe will be ready in under half an hour.
6. Shrimp avocado sushi
DIY sushi is easier than it looks. Plus, when you make it at home, you can experiment with other grains like brown rice and quinoa for added fiber and protein. Precooked shrimp means you have one less thing to worry about (because rolling is intimidating enough).
Looking for more shrimp recipes?
- Crustaceans, shrimp, cooked. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2019. (Accessed on August 24, 2020)
- Ground beef, cooked. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2020. (Accessed on August 24, 2020)
- Protein and heart health. Dallas, TX: American Heart Association. (Accessed on August 24, 2020)