Cooked Shrimp, The No-Cook Meal Solution

Lovers of cooking don’t always love turning on the oven at mealtimes, especially as summer heats up. Cooked shrimp serves as a versatile solution to feed your family while keeping the summer heat outside.

Get the Recipe: Dilled Shrimp Pasta Salad

Summer is a time for playing outdoors, enjoying a second cocktail for happy hour, marathon movie nights and hours of splashing around in the pool. No one wants to spend the whole day in the kitchen with all burners firing on the stove! And while the grill may be a cook’s best friend in the summer, sometimes you may need a break from cooking outdoors. Queue cooked shrimp, my favorite new meal starter this season. No cooking needed, enjoy it cold or lightly warmed! Here are a few recipe ideas to get you started:

Thai Shrimp and Carrot Salad

Thai Shrimp and Carrot Salad Recipe

Simple and fresh — it’s a Health Starts Here® recipe.

Seafood Cucumber Stacks with Lemon Cream and Chives

Seafood Cucumber Stacks With Lemon Cream and Chives Recipe

Heats on outside, but not in your kitchen. Perfect for entertaining.

Pineapple Shrimp in Endive Leaves

Pineapple Shrimp in Endive Leaves Recipe

This appetizer is party-perfect or great for a casual backyard happy hour.

Celery Shrimp Boats

Celery Shrimp Boats Recipe

Celery’s never looked this good! A slam-dunk make-ahead appetizer for your arsenal.

Shrimp Tips

  • Entertaining with a group of omnivores and vegetarians is simple. Whip up a simple vegetarian dish such as Mango Quinoa Salad or Easy Tomato-Cucumber Gazpacho and serve with precooked shrimp on the side.

  • Store-bought sauces make a no-cook meal even easier. Grab cocktail sauce for shrimp cocktail or pesto to toss with shrimp and veggies for dinner.

  • Speaking of appetizers, shrimp don’t have to be the vessels, they can be the destination! This Quick and Easy Shrimp Dip is fancy enough to share but delicious enough to keep all to yourself.

  • Precooked shrimp aren’t only useful in no-cook dishes — they can be a great short cut for weeknight dinners too. Keep some in your freezer to whip up seafood cakes as a fun spin on burger night. Try Cajun Spiced Shrimp and Grits Cakes tonight!

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