6 Easy Shrimp Dishes To Start The New Year

By Ellie Sher | Jan 2nd, 2014

Start the new year off light with these unbelievably simple recipes – all starring fresh, succulent shrimp.

1. Steak and Shrimp Duo

Though sautéed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes may be traditional steakhouse sides, they don’t hold a candle to lush shrimp prepared with a swig of Bourbon and a hint of paprika. Slice the steak and spoon the shrimp over top for the power couple of restaurant dishes.

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2. Linguine with Shrimp and Vegetables

This fresh take on shrimp scampi combines luscious linguine noodles, plump shrimp, vegetables, and Feta. Vary the vegetables by season – think, corn, tomatoes, and bell peppers in the summer, and cauliflower, escarole, and Brussels sprouts in the winter.

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3. Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Prepare for a flavor explosion. Shrimp are bathed in a pungent marinade composed of hot peppers and pineapple and then grilled until pink and tender. Nestle in a warm tortilla and top with grilled pineapple salsa.

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4. Shrimp Tortelloni with Ramps

Typically in season from late winter to early spring, ramps are a wild onion that infuses surrounding elements with a heavy garlic-like flavor. A longtime garlic enthusiast, shrimp shine when paired with ramp-filled tortelloni and spicy marinara.

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5. Seafood Paella

Ideal for dinner party dining, this hearty rice dish is studded with tender chicken thighs and flavorful chorizo. But, why stop there? Mussels, littleneck clams, and shrimp decorate the top, infusing the dish with a fresh-from-the-sea taste.

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6. Rock Shrimp with Succotash

True or false: a sophisticated seafood dish can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. The verdict? True. This flavorful bean salad comes together in one large sauté pan and in just 3 steps. How easy is that?

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