Southern Style Shrimp Recipes
Peeled, boiled, or grilled–shrimp always tastes best when served Southern-style.
Set up a serving area for the shrimp and sauces on your kitchen island or breakfast table, and let everyone help themselves. To shortcut prep, ask your seafood monger to steam shrimp for you. Try them with Tangy Garlic Tartar Sauce, Rémoulade Sauce, or Spicy Cocktail Sauce.
- Recipe: Peel-and-Eat Shrimp
Serve this rich-and-creamy dip with French bread baguette slices, pickled Jerusalem artichokes, and crunchy baby vegetables like carrots, celery, cucumber slices, and radishes.
- Recipe: Shrimp-and-Blue Cheese Spread
This salad is perfect for busy weeknights and casual get-togethers. The shrimp can be grilled up to a day ahead. Store the prepared dressing in the fridge for up to a week, then return to room temperature just before tossing with the salad.
Fiery jalapeño pepper jelly adds a sweet kick to this variation on classic shrimp cocktail. The jelly, lime juice, mango, red bell pepper, and cilantro marinate with cooked shrimp for fresh flavor. Finish off the cocktail with diced avocado, and serve with tortilla chips.
- Recipe: Tex-Mex Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp-and-Sausage Stew is similar to gumbo, but without the roux. The recipe gets its thick glossiness from a cornstarch-and-water slurry that’s stirred in at the end.
Boiled shrimp makes a perfect party starter, especially when paired with a delicous dipping sauce like Creamy Buttermilk-Avocado Sauce. Tip: To ensure that shrimp stays chilled, place half out when guests arrive, and replenish the platter as needed.
The original recipe for this hearty shrimp and grits dish is from Bill Smith, executive chef at Crook's Corner, the landmark Southern restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
- Recipe: Shrimp and Grits
Don't skip the fresh lemon rind and juice in the lemon-basil marinade—it's what makes this salad recipe special. These shrimp also make a terrific appetizer. The shrimp and dressing, as well as the Parmesan Baskets, can all be made a day ahead.
Recipe: Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad
Spicy andouille, sautéed shrimp, and old-fashioned grits are the backbone of flavor for this One-Pot Shrimp and Grits. Avoid overcrowding the pot when cooking the shrimp so they will brown and cook through quickly.
- Recipe: One-Pot Shrimp and Grits
To prepare our version, first fill the julep cup with crushed ice. Tuck a 2-oz. ramekin or sauce cup into ice; then fill with your favorite cocktail sauce. Arrange shrimp around the rim of the cup. Makes 1 serving. Prep: 5 min.
Recipes for shrimp burgers, a favorite food of Southern shrimping towns, are often a big secret. Here we divulge our version, which is chunky and spicy with some Cajun flair.
This recipe is great for a large crowd—it makes up to 25 servings! To save time, use peeled, large frozen cooked shrimp. Thaw according to package directions, and serve with sauces.
Have the seafood market steam shrimp to save time, or follow our easy instructions below. Serve the shrimp, okra, and breadsticks on a platter around a bowl of the sauce, or make individual cocktails. Use 4-oz. votive candleholders, shot glasses, cordial glasses, or mini-martini glasses.
- Recipe: Southern Shrimp Cocktails
Chef Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill in Charleston put a delicious twist on classic Lowcountry shrimp and grits using fried grits squares, asparagus spears, and a creamy shrimp sauce.
- Recipe: Shrimp-and-Grits Eggs Benedict
Étouffée (ay-too-FAY) isn't just a fancy-sounding name—it's Cajun comfort food at its best. The thick, spicy mixture of crawfish, shrimp, or crab (or a combination of these) with onions and peppers is cooked in a light gravy and then served with rice.
- Recipe: Crab-and-Shrimp Étouffée
This Lowcountry favorite won its way into our readers’ hearts with its rich flavor and easy preparation. Shrimp and mushrooms are sautéed with garlic and bacon drippings then mixed with green onions and crispy bacon, and all are served on top of buttery cheese grits.
- Recipe: Hominy Grill's Shrimp and Grits
Tired of the same old, same old? Then try this delicious grilled pizza. Fresh shrimp and sautéed veggies all atop a pesto sauce make for great flavor and a unique slice of pie.
- Recipe: Shrimp-Pesto Pizza
Lemon and garlic combine with delicate angel hair pasta and mild-flavored shrimp for a refreshing and quick pasta supper. Buy peeled and deveined shrimp at the grocery store to cut prep time.
- Recipe: Shrimp Scampi
Salty and spicy shrimp breaded with peanuts, red curry powder, and breadcrumbs makes the perfect topping for a bed of mixed baby greens and mint leaves. Serve as a main-dish salad or in smaller portions as an appetizer.
Ready-made pastry shells make preparation of these tarts super-fast. Simply spoon a shrimp-and-cream-cheese mixture and jarred mango chutney into the shells. Top with chopped fresh chives and toasted sweetened coconut.
- Recipe: Curried Shrimp Tarts
Spicy Pickled Shrimp makes an elegant presentation of this Lowcountry favorite. Flavors pop after the shrimp marinate with onions and a tangy vinaigrette overnight. Serve with cocktails or on lettuce leaves as a plated first course.
- Recipe: Spicy Pickled Shrimp
This hearty seafood casserole is filled with shrimp, cheese and rice and gets its Cajun flair from the addition of okra, bell peppers, and cayenne pepper. It's a great choice for a special occasion meal. If you're not a fan of okra, you can leave it out of this dish.
- Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Casserole
Mix and match colorful assorted tomatoes, such as 'Beefsteak,' 'Brandywine,' and 'Cherokee Purple.' Their rich, meaty flavor counters the dressing's tang and zip. Don't overlook the tender inside leaves of the celery bunch—they're quite delicious, and they add an herbal note to the dish.
Ready in under an hour, these spicy shrimp bites are simple to make but packed with flavor. You'll love this unique twist on deviled eggs with shrimp, spicy Creole mustard, and lots of garlic.
Recipe: Shrimp Rémoulade Deviled Eggs
Ready in just 15 minutes, this quick appetizer is perfect for last-minute company. When making the sauce in Step 2, whisk in the butter 1 Tbsp. at a time--the key technique in making the sauce velvety.
Recipe: Buttery Garlic Shrimp
Look for beautiful and tasty heirloom tomatoes in a rainbow of colors at your local farmers' market, and keep them at room temperature until you're ready to slice and serve.
Recipe: Tomato Salad with Grilled Shrimp