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Is Shrimp Good For You?

Is Shrimp Good For You? The quick answer is, yes! This high-protein crustacean has loads of healthy benefits. I’m sharing these below, plus 14 healthy shrimp recipes that you can try tonight.

Is Shrimp Healthy For You?

The short answer: yes. Shrimp may be small, but they are mighty, packing lots of nutritional benefits. From protein to minerals to omega-3s, there are loads of nutrients in just one low-calorie serving. It’s one of the most popular kinds of seafood in the U.S. and for good reason! 

If you love shrimp recipes as much as I do, there’s something very satisfying about knowing they’re good for you, too. We’re diving into all the healthy benefits of this mini seafood below. Plus, I’m sharing some of my best recipes that you’re going to want to make ASAP.

Is Shrimp Healthier Than Chicken?

Both shrimp and chicken are lean sources of protein, and they’re both healthy in their own right. Shrimp wins in the calorie count, though: one 3 to 4-ounce serving of shrimp contains 15 fewer calories than the same serving of chicken.

Health Benefits of Eating Shrimp

The benefits of shrimp boil down to being high in protein and essential minerals. This and a whole bunch of other benefits, to name a few:

  • Protein and minerals. Just 3 ounces of shrimp has over 40 percent of our recommended daily value of protein. It’s also high in immunity-boosting zinc, heart-healthy magnesium, and phosphorus.
  • Heart health. Along with magnesium, shrimp has plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Thyroid support. Iodine and selenium are essential minerals for healthy thyroid function.
  • Brain power. Shrimp has disease-fighting antioxidants that help protect us against free radical damage, potentially lowering the risk of neurodegenerative disorders. 
  • Good for pregnancy. According to the USFDA, shrimp is one of the “Best Choices” of seafood to eat before and during pregnancy. It’s low in mercury and all of the benefits above may help with a baby’s cognitive development. As always, consult with your doctor to know what’s best.

How Often Should You Eat It?

According to the FDA, the recommended amount is two to three 4-ounce servings per week. This goes for shrimp as well as other seafood.

The Best Ways to Cook Shrimp

One more benefit of shrimp? It’s super versatile. There are so many ways to cook it, from boiling to broiling to sauteeing. And of course, how you prepare your seafood has an impact on just how healthy a dish is! Steaming and grilling, for example, are much healthier methods than frying. 

Whichever way you prepare it, the key is always food safety. Shrimp should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145ºF to be considered safe to eat. A perfectly cooked shrimp is an opaque pink color and curls slightly.

Serving Suggestions

Many of the recipes below are easy to turn into healthy weeknight dinners featuring all sorts of yummy sides. Here are some tasty serving ideas:

14 Healthy Shrimp Recipes to Try

Shrimp is one of the healthiest kinds of seafood, and you’re going to love these easy recipes for grilling, marinading, and even air frying our favorite pink crustacean.

a plate of cooked shrimp with a side of dipping sauce

10-Minute Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe

The air fryer is the quickest method for cooking tender, succulent shrimp. This recipe takes just 10 minutes and packs in alllllll the flavor, seasoned with a zesty spice blend of chili, paprika, garlic, and herbs.

Garlic lemon shrimp on a piece of parchment paper beside a small bowl full of homemade garlic butter

How to Grill Shrimp

Learn how to cook shrimp on the grill that comes out perfect every time. I share my favorite spicy lemon seasoning, and walk you through the grilling process for the meatiest, most delicious grilled shrimp. Don’t forget the garlic butter for dipping!

Easy 30 Minute Honey Garlic Grilled Shrimp with only 4 ingredients and full of bold flavors. These grilled shrimp will be a favorite this summer - I guarantee you'll be licking your fingers!

Honey Garlic Grilled Shrimp

You can have this juicy honey garlic shrimp off the grill and onto the table in just 30 minutes! You’ll want to make this family favorite recipe for all your upcoming cookouts.

Honey sriracha grilled shrimp garnished with chopped parsley and fresh lime slices

Honey Sriracha Grilled Shrimp

These sweet and spicy grilled shrimp skewers are coated in an absolutely mouthwatering honey sriracha glaze. This shrimp recipe is an easy way to achieve loads of flavor, with zero marinating.

Bowl of camaron ceviche with corn chips.

Sonora Style Ceviche de Camaron

This homemade ceviche is a (sea) breeze to make, filled with juicy shrimp, crunchy veggies, creamy avo, and an irresistible chili kick. The flavors and texture are seriously so good!

A Close-Up Image of Ceviche Being Gently Stirred with a Spoon

Quick & Easy Fresh Shrimp Ceviche

This is another shrimp ceviche recipe that you’re going to want to have on repeat all summer long. Zesty lime, succulent shrimp, fresh herbs and veggies come together with garlic and jalapeño. It’s the ultimate healthy side dish or appetizer.

mango shrimp ceviche in a bowl

Easy Mango Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado

One more easy shrimp ceviche for the road, this time with the light, tangy, zingy flavors of mango, tomatoes, chilies, and lime. Serve this as a main or as a side on hot summer nights.

close up of a taco filled with pan seared shrimp and cilantro lime slaw

Best Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

When I say that these shrimp tacos are the best, I mean they’re the BEST. Quick to make in 30 minutes or less, and totally jam-packed with flavor thanks to a smoky spice rub. Every tortilla dreams of being loaded up with this delicious shrimp taco recipe!

garlic shrimp with tomatoes in a skillet

20 Minute Creamy Tuscan Garlic Shrimp

This garlicky Tuscan-inspired shrimp is a 20 minute dinner idea that never fails to impress. Made with juicy pan-seared shrimp swimming with healthy spinach and ripe tomatoes in a creamy wine sauce.

sheet pan shrimp shrimp in a bowl with avocado and pice de gallo

Easy Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajita Recipe

Shrimp fajitas are an easy one-pan dinner, ready in just 15 minutes! This recipe is paleo-friendly with next to no clean-up. It’s one of my all-time favorite recipes that’s perfect for healthy weeknight meals.

Easy 30 minute Grilled Shrimp Tacos topped with a fresh Mango Avocado Salsa. These flavor bursting gluten free tacos make the perfect light healthy dinner your family will love!

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa

Another easy weeknight dinner idea that the whole family will love. These light and fresh grilled shrimp tacos come together in 30 minutes. Serve them wrapped in leafy lettuce topped with homemade mango avocado salsa for a fast, gluten-free meal.

Blackened Shrimp Quinoa Bowl topped with a silky Avocado Crema - an easy, delicious, gluten free recipe that can be on the table in just 30 minutes! | joyfulhealthyeats.com Easy Healthy Recipes

Blackened Shrimp Quinoa Bowl with Avocado Crema

This flavorful and gluten-free shrimp quinoa bowl recipe is perfect for meal prep. It’s made with tender shrimp rubbed with blackening seasoning and drizzled with a zesty avocado crema, for the perfect light lunch or dinner.

Fall perfection! This Blender Corn Chowder with Pan Seared Shrimp and Corn Relish is healthy, filled with rich flavors, done in 30 minutes and paleo! You're gonna fall in love! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree #ad

Blender Corn Chowder with Shrimp & Corn Relish

I love the pairing of flavors in this silky blended corn chowder topped with pan-seared shrimp and homemade corn relish. Tuck into a bold-flavored bowlful for a healthy meal, any time of the year.

A Plate of Coconut Shrimp Surrounding a Jar of Thai Chili Ginger Sauce

Coconut Shrimp with Thai Chili Ginger Sauce

Of course, we can’t forget coconut shrimp. My lightened-up version of this classic appetizer is ready in 20 minutes, dipped in sweet and spicy Thai chili sauce. Perfect for game day!

Check out my recipe index for even more easy meal ideas made with your favorite ingredients!