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
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
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!
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!
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
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