12 Best Side Dishes For Shrimp

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The best side dishes to pair with Shrimp are- Macaroni Salad, Grilled Kabobs, Coconut Rice, Coleslaw, Steamed Asparagus, Shrimp Alfredo, Pesto Zoodles, Mango Guacamole, Spanish-Style Green Salad, Tostones, Loaded Baked Potato Soup and Zucchini Rice.

In this post, we are going to talk about the 12 best side dishes that you can pair with a big serving of scrumptious and versatile shrimp.

I have personally tried my hand at these recipes and they taste incredible alongside this appetizing seafood dish.

Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Macaroni Salad

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 202
Total preparation time– 35 min

A homemade Macaroni salad tossed with colorful veggies and dressed in a rich and creamy sauce is just the side we crave!

It pairs incredibly well with freshly boiled shrimp and comes together quickly.

If you want to make the dressing light and healthy, substitute the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt.

You can also throw in some boiled eggs, mini bell peppers, and celery for an added flavor.

Watch how Preppy Kitchen makes it quick and straightforward:

2. Grilled Kabobs

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 172
Total preparation time– 30 min

Fruit and vegetable kabobs are delightful, easy and a great accompaniment to shrimp.

All you need for these grilled delights are red bell peppers, pineapple, red onion, fresh cilantro and olive oil.

You can also use strawberries, peaches and bananas.

Grilling these fruits caramelizes their natural sugars and the end result is downright delicious!

Drizzle some honey-lime vinaigrette over the grilled kabobs to elevate the level of your side.

Add olive oil, cumin, lime juice, honey and some fresh cilantro to a bowl and whisk them together.

Here’s a detailed recipe with Balsamic drizzle:

3. Coconut Rice

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 170
Total preparation time– 25 min

A rice side dish brimming with mild coconut flavors is an absolute crowd puller.

Plus, it pairs perfectly alongside a bowl of shrimp.

It is a delicious upgrade to otherwise plain rice and the coconut milk makes it seem all the more buttery.

We recommend using jasmine rice for the best flavor.

Also, if you fancy a more intense coconut flavor, pour in a few drops of coconut extract.

Do check out a super quick recipe here:

4. Coleslaw

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 152
Total preparation time– 15 min

A side of classic and colorful coleslaw can never go wrong next to your flavorful shrimp.

Packed with finely sliced cabbage, carrots, and onions it is tossed together in a tangy dressing and complements seafood optimally.

Give your coleslaw a twist and add in these crispy fruits and veggies- Green apples, Broccoli, Jicama, Celery and Zucchini.

As for the dressing, you just need mayonnaise, yellow mustard, vinegar and black pepper.

Here’s an interesting recipe by Kunal Kapur:

5. Steamed Asparagus

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 40
Total preparation time– 10 min

Steaming vegetables is the healthiest method to prepare them. Asparagus, both healthy and hearty, pairs well with just about any main dish.

They cook up really fast for a side.

Let it steam for about 5 minutes and then toss the stalks with some butter and season with salt and pepper.

Alternatively, you can also use olive oil in order to keep the recipe dairy-free and subtle.

Here’s how to steam those stalks perfectly:

6. Shrimp Alfredo

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 208
Total preparation time– 30 min

It’s only fitting to serve a side of this delectable shrimp alfredo pasta made in a creamy parmesan sauce and topped with sautéed garlic shrimp alongside your steaming shrimp.

It is creamy, delicious and so easy to prepare!

Boil the pasta, and while it is cooking, combine and simmer the ingredients for your sauce.

Add the shrimp to a hot pan and cook until pink and opaque. Toss it together with cooked pasta and the sauce and you are done!

Here we have a super quick recipe for you by Natashas Kitchen:

7. Pesto Zoodles

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 281
Total preparation time– 25 min

Looking for a nutritious and rich side? Well, look no more!

Zucchini noodles are the best healthy alternative to other noodles.

With a healthy coating of basil pesto and some fresh parmesan, they are irresistible!

The ultra-fine flavors go just fine with flavorful shrimp.

Moreover, this tasty side comes together in less than 30 minutes.

Garnish with parmesan curls and chili flakes to taste to make your side dish a guaranteed hit.

This is how Recipes by Carina prepares delectable zucchini noodles:

8. Mango Guacamole

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 150
Total preparation time– 15 min

Sweet, savory and tangy, a bowl of mango guacamole next to shrimp will make your guests admire you even more.

Take a break from the classic guacamole and give this mango guacamole a try.

Mangoes balance so well against creamy and rich avocados.

It will take you whopping ten minutes to put together and you will get a little bit of everything in a single bite- savory taste of jalapeños, tangy texture of the lime juice and sweetness of those mangoes!

Check out an amazing recipe here:

9. Spanish-Style Green Salad

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 20
Total preparation time– 15 min

A green salad or commonly known as Ensalada Mixta (mixed salad) is a Spanish staple.

It is a colorful, mixed green salad that abounds with a combination of ingredients- tomatoes, onions, olives, white asparagus, artichoke hearts and even tuna.

Pretty easy to prepare, it tastes as good as it looks.

For the dressing, you can either go for a sherry vinaigrette or make your own by mixing together some lemon juice and chopped cilantro in olive oil.

Here is a quick and simple recipe for you:

10. Tostones

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 230
Total preparation time– 30 min

A great alternative to tortilla chips, tostones or fried green plantains are crispy, salty golden coins of sheer scrumptiousness.

These twice-fried plantains are really sought-after throughout the Caribbean.

Green plantains are somewhat like raw potatoes- incredibly starchy, cooked in order to be eaten and served with a little dip to be savored.

When cooked, sprinkle with salt and serve with mojo sauce for a divine taste.

Check out this simple recipe by Chef Zee Cooks:

11. Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 156
Total preparation time– 35 min

All the delightful flavors of a loaded baked potato can be savored in this creamy and comforting soup.

A great side to shrimp, melted cheddar and crispy bacon bits make it all the more tempting!

Towards the end, if you find the soup too thick, just add some milk in order to attain the desired consistency.

Do have a look at this amazing recipe by Laura in the Kitchen:

12. Zucchini Rice

Total calories (per 100 gm) – 20
Total preparation time– 25 min

A side of Zucchini rice is not only incredibly versatile but also fitting for your meaty shrimp.

It is fresh, healthy and hearty and is prepared in less than 30 minutes.

Cook the rice until tender and grate the zucchini.

Sauté the grated zucchini and combine with cooked rice, butter and some fresh lemon juice.

You may also include black beans and corn for an interesting texture.

Season with salt and pepper and you are good to go!

Bottom Line

We hope this ultimate guide on what to pair with Shrimp has been conducive for you.

No matter how you prepare your shrimp, these recipes are all up to the challenge and are not up for disappointment.

If you have any queries regarding the process, do let us know.

Also, we would be elated to hear your tips and suggestions we can add to our guide to make it even better!

Don’t forget to share these delectable and easy recipes with your near and dear ones.

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About Betty Ellis

Betty is a food researcher who spends most of her time analyzing the nutritional aspects of various foods. She also researches methods to enhance taste, as well as how to store certain types of foods. She enjoys cooking for herself and her three dogs even though she doesn't have a lot of free time outside work.

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