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3 Shrimp Recipes for Weeknight Meals

I’m constantly trying to figure out what meals to cook on a weeknight that are quick and require little prep time. I also try to think of things that are fun and work with ingredients I’ve been craving. Here are 3 shrimp recipes that have been a hit with us and that are super easy too!

Shrimp or prawns, I don’t think there really is a difference in the taste. If you know of any please let me know! For these 3 shrimp recipes you can use shrimp/prawns.

Lemon Shrimp Pasta

lemon shrimp pasta

Ingredients: Makes 2 servings

Pasta (I used a handful for the two of us)

5 cloves of chopped garlic

2 Tablespoons olive oil

6 Tablespoons butter

5 cloves minced garlic

1 tsp chilli flakes

1/4 kilo large shrimp, peeled and deveined

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp Italian seasoning/oregano

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and some more to grate on top after

1 Tablespoon lemon juice and zest

1 spring onion for garnish

lemon shrimp pasta


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add in the pasta

When your pasta is almost ready start with the rest of the ingredients

In a pan add olive oil, butter and let it sizzle a bit.

Add garlic and chilli flakes and fry for a minute or till you get a nice aroma of both mixed together

Add the shrimp with salt and pepper and cook till they turn pinkish

Add in Italian seasoning/oregano

At this point your pasta should be ready, drain and save some pasta water just incase

Add the pasta to the shrimp pan, add the parmesan, lemon juice and lemon zest. Toss everything to coat

If it is too dry, add in some of the pasta water. It will blend everything well together

Grate some parmesan over and garnish with some spring onion and lemon peel

Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

Don’t be afraid of the amount of oil and butter in this recipe, it makes the dipping sauce for later!

shrimp boil foil packets



1/2 kilo large shrimp (you could peel them or leave them with the shell on)

5 smoked sausages, thinly sliced (I used pork, you could use chicken as well)

1 corn, cut into pieces and boiled

2 large potatoes, chopped into bite size pieces and semi boiled

2 large onions chopped length wise

5 cloves garlic, minced

2 spring onions chopped fine (only the green)

4 green chillies slit in half

1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning or use a spice mix of chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin, red chilli flakes, pepper, salt, ginger powder, mustard powder in equal proportions

1/4 cup butter Butter

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

lemon, sliced into thin wedges


In a large saucepan, add a little olive oil and soften onions with garlic

Add the rest of the olive oil and butter to the mix along with old bay seasoning or the spice mix, green chillies slit, spring onions and mix so that everything is melted. Take off the heat.

In a large baking dish add shrimp, sausages, boiled potatoes, boiled corn and mix in the entire butter and olive oil mixture. Cover and let this marinate for at least an hour or even overnight if you can.

To make the foil packets add the marinated shrimp, sausage, potato and corn into foil leaving behind the liquid in the bowl to make your dipping sauce.

Seal the foil packets and pop them into the oven at 200 degrees for 15 mins.

To make the sauce simply melt the leftover marinate in a saucepan over the stove.

Dip and eat. You could also accompany this with some good crusty bread for dunking!

Tip-Instead of the foil packs if you’re in a real hurry you can either add the entire baking dish into the oven making sure to cover it with foil. Cook it for 30 minutes at 200 degrees if you’re using shrimp with the shell on, cook for less time if there is no shell only till shrimp has turned pink.

Shrimp Fajita with Tortillas

I’ve used corn tortillas for this recipe which I get frozen from the states. You get corn tortillas here too but they are a bit pricy. However I have used tortilla wraps which work amazing too!

shrimp fajitas


Tortilla Wraps/Corn Tortillas

1/4 kilo shrimp peeled and deveined

1 red and yellow bell pepper sliced long

1 green capsicum sliced long

1 large onion sliced long

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt and pepper

Olive oil


In a bowl mix all the powdered spices together to make the fajita mix

In a bowl add shrimp and half of the fajita mix and let it marinate for a bit

In a pan add olive oil and fry onions first till soft and add in the bell pepper with the capsicum and fry till soft too

Add the remaining fajita spice mix to the peppers and mix

Add the shrimp to the pan and cook till pink

Heat up some tortillas on a pan, add on the shrimp fajita mix and top with lime, sour cream or even some feta cheese.

I really hope these 3 shrimp recipes make your weeknight meals easy and most of all fun!

Don’t forget to tag me if you make any of these @buildingahoneycomb

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