Shrimp has a crunchy texture and distinctive flavor that make it a good match for a range of food pairings.
Rice makes a traditional pairing with shrimp. You can make a spicy Spanish paella, which is a mix of seafood and sausage served over rice, or Cajun jambalaya, a dish which includes chicken, sausage and shrimp served over rice. Shrimp also works well as an Asian stir-fry ingredient, quickly sauteed with vegetables and served over fragrant jasmine or basmati rice.
Boiled shrimp make a delectable main dish, served with lightly steamed fresh vegetables like peas, asparagus, artichokes, spinach or kale.
Shrimp can be wrapped in a large leaf of romaine lettuce, with shredded carrots, cucumber, peanut sauce and sesame seeds for a quick spring roll. You can also toss a few boiled shrimp over your favorite salad for a tasty protein boost.
Shrimp tacos make a perennial favorite, served in either hard taco shells or rolled up in soft flour tortillas with chopped green onions, tomatoes, cucumber and jalapeno.
If pizza is more your style, combine shrimp with any number of toppings and sauces. Shrimp goes equally well with white or red pizza sauces. Toppings that pair well with shrimp include heirloom tomatoes, mozarella cheese, basil and olives.
Shrimp make classic addition to quiche and can be added to scrambled eggs, omelettes or frittatas. You can also just place them attractively on top of baked eggs, or serve them on the side of an egg dish with toast.
Boiled shrimp make a fast and easy addition to already prepared or packaged soups. You can add them to tomato soup, clam chowder, instant noodles or any kind of vegetable soup, along with fresh herbs and seasonings to taste.
If you're feeling adventurous, make a traditional shrimp gumbo, a Creole stew made with shrimp, sausage, tomatoes, bell peppers and okra.