These 30 Low-Calorie Shrimp Meals are Under 500 Calories and Easy to Make

Shrimp Sushi Bowls with Cauliflower Rice and Spicy Mayo: Bowls of shrimp, avocado, carrot, and served as Japanese-style sushi bowls

These 30 Low-Calorie Shrimp Meals are Under 500 Calories and Easy to Make

Do you love shrimp and love being healthy? Well then do we have a treat for you? Today we are going to discuss 30 low-calorie shrimp meals that are delicious and nutritious. These meals will not only all be under 500 calories but will contain ingredients that are beneficial to you and your family’s health. Did I also mention that they will all be easy to make as well? Fast, easy, low-calorie, and healthy! What more could you possibly want from a recipe? So, without further ado, let’s discover the 30 low-calorie shrimp meals. 

1. Shrimp Fajitas 

A view of a skillet of shrimp fajitas.
Shrimp fajitas are a great low-calorie shrimp meal that the whole family will love.

These shrimp fajitas are sure to be a family favorite. Preheat your oven to 400°F. While your oven is heating, combine olive oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, chipotle powder, and the juice of one lime in a bowl. Once that mixture is combined, slice an onion, and a red and yellow bell pepper and pour them into a baking dish. Pour about two-thirds of your sauce mixture onto those veggies and bake them for 15 minutes. While they are baking, pour the remaining sauce mixture over your shrimp and let them marinate. When the vegetables are done, take them out and place the shrimp on top of them. Place everything back into the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the shrimp are fully cooked through. Once cooked, place this mixture inside a corn tortilla and top with fresh avocado slices, cilantro, some black beans, and hot sauce. 

2. Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Grilled tiger shrimps with spice and lemon. Grilled seafood.

Who doesn’t love grilled shrimp? This low-calorie shrimp meal is simple and delicious. You will need shrimp, tomatoes,  and some zucchini or squash. Season your shrimp with some salt and pepper. In a bowl, combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, lemon juice, soy sauce, and a little Dijon mustard. Add your shrimp and let them marinate for about 20 minutes. While your shrimp is marinating, chop your vegetables. Slice your zucchini and tomatoes into skewer-friendly shapes. Then stagger your tomatoes, shrimp, and zucchini along the skewer. Be sure to soak your skewers in water before placing the food on them. Once your skewer is stacked place it on the grill and grill each side for about 3 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through and vegetables are lightly charred. 

3. Mango Salsa Shrimp With Rice

Shrimps with mango avocado and red pepper salsa on cauliflower rice

For this recipe, you will season your shrimp with salt, pepper, garlic, and cayenne. Cook them in a skillet over medium-high heat. While your shrimp are cooking, chop a fresh mango, a red bell pepper, a jalepaño, an avocado, and some cilantro. Combine all of those in a bowl and squeeze fresh lime juice onto it. Add salt to taste. Serve the shrimp and mango salsa over a bed of cauliflower rice.

4. Shrimp Tacos

Shrimps tacos, vegetables, avocado. with Pineapple Chipotle Sauce, Mexican food.
Spice up the traditional taco flavor by adding fresh sliced radishes on top.

Another low-calorie shrimp meal is the fan-favorite of shrimp tacos. Pan-sear your shrimp with taco seasoning, olive oil, garlic, and a little cayenne pepper. While they are cooking, chop cilantro and thinly slice a radish. Make your taco sauce by combining lime juice, cilantro, onion, jalepaño, tahini, and honey. Blend all together. Grab your corn tortilla. Place your cooked shrimp onto your tortilla, and top with your radish slices and cilantro. Drizzle sauce on top.

5. Roasted Shrimp With Feta


For this recipe, simply add all of the following ingredients to a baking dish. Shrimp, oregano, garlic, red pepper, capers, and white wine. Bake them for 15 minutes at 400°F. Serve them with a side of polenta or mashed potatoes.

6. Garlic Shrimp With Spinach

Easy Garlic Herb Shrimp

On the stove, over medium heat, cook your shrimp with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, red pepper flakes, and a little lemon juice. In the last 2-3 minutes of cooking, add in your spinach. Cook until it is wilted. Throw this mixture over a bed of whole-wheat couscous.

7. Shrimp Stir-Fry

Stir fry with shrimps, red and yellow paprika, green pea, chives and sesame seeds in white bowl Asian cuisine dish. Light stone kitchen table background, top view
Fresh vegetables such as bell peppers and edamame are great additions to stir-fry dishes.

Nothing screams a simple low-calorie meal like some stir-fry. In a wok, heat some olive oil, garlic, and fresh ginger. Throw your shrimp in and cook until pink. Next, add your stir-fry veggies. I recommend sugar snap peas, red bell pepper, water chestnuts, and baby corn. Throw in some soy sauce and a little teriyaki sauce. Simmer until vegetables soften and absorb some of the sauce. Serve with white rice.

8. Shrimp and Sausage Bowl

Traditional jambalaya serwed on plate. Top view. Chicken and rice dish with sausage and shrimp. Spice food.

This 20-minute, low-calorie shrimp meal is easy and delicious. Grab some shrimp and turkey kielbasa and heat them in a pan on the stove with garlic, butter, paprika, salt, pepper, and some garlic powder. If you want more sauce, add the juice of one lime and a little bit of a store-bought sauce of your choosing. I personally love Wegman's Fire Dragon sauce, but be warned it has a kick to it. Serve over a bed of spinach, corn, and roasted baby potatoes.

9. Shrimp Buddha Bowl

Hawaiian poke bowl set: tuna, salmon, shrimp with avocado, mango, radish, rice and other ingredients. Soy sauce and sesame dressing. White table background, top view banner

A Buddha bowl is considered to be a bowl that is balanced in nutrition, texture, and flavor. You can easily make one with shrimp by doing the following. Cook your shrimp in a skillet with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. At the base of your bowl, place some baby spinach. Next top with chopped carrots, and hard-boiled eggs. After, sprinkle in some fresh corn, and some fresh mango slices. Then, add some fresh chopped cilantro and your shrimp. Season with peanut sauce.

10. Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps loaded with Spicy prawn, shrimp and rice vermicelli noodles, Asian style finger party food

Cook your shrimp in a skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Once the shrimp are just about pink, pour buffalo sauce over them and let them simmer for about 5 minutes. As your shrimp are simmering in the sauce, thinly slice a red onion and crumple some feta cheese. Spoon your shrimp into a piece of lettuce and top with red onion and your cheese.

11. Shrimp and Broccoli

Stir frying shrimp with broccoli closeup on a plate. Horizontal top view from above
Shrimp and broccoli is a great low-calorie shrimp meal that can be made in 20 minutes.

Drizzle your broccoli with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 °F. While your broccoli is baking, cook your shrimp on the stovetop in butter, lemon juice, capers, and white wine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve together with a side of white or brown rice.

12. Shrimp and Vegetable Bake

Grilled spicy shrimps with seasoning.

Chop zucchini, onion, bell peppers, and carrots and place them in a bowl. Separate your broccoli into little florets and add them to the bowl as well. Season your veggies with salt, Italian seasoning, paprika, olive oil, and black pepper. Bake them in the oven for 15 minutes at 425°F. While they are baking, season your shrimp with the same seasoning mixture. Take your vegetables out and place your shrimp on top. Place back in the oven and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve with salad or a side of rice.

13. Mediterranean Shrimp Bowl

Healthy salad plate. Fresh seafood recipe. Grilled shrimps and fresh vegetable salad and egg. Grilled prawns. Healthy food. Flat lay. Top view

Cook your shrimp in a skillet with olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and fresh dill. Serve over a bed of couscous with crumbled feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil

14. Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Shrimp Sushi Bowls with Cauliflower Rice and Spicy Mayo: Bowls of shrimp, avocado, carrot, and served as Japanese-style sushi bowls

Season your shrimp with salt, pepper, and avocado oil. Grill your shrimp until they are charred evenly on both sides. Thinly slice a red onion. Also, chop an avocado and prepare fresh spinach. In a bowl, lay your spinach down and place your red onion and avocado slices on top. Top with your shrimp and season with a little olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt to pepper to taste.

15. Coconut Lime Shrimp Bowl

Tom Yum soup - Thai soup with prawns and rice noodles on wooden table
This low-calorie shrimp meal packs a flavor punch with fresh pineapple and coconut milk.

In a blender combine, coconut milk, chopped pineapple, lime juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Marinate your shrimp in this mixture for 20 minutes. Heat olive oil over a pan on medium-high heat and place your shrimp inside. Cook for 5-10 minutes, tossing shrimp occasionally. Serve this shrimp in a bowl with a side of white rice, and red cabbage with fresh lime juice on top. Use any extra pineapple wedges as garnish.

16. Shrimp Curry

Shrimp Curry

Season your shrimp with garam masala, ground cumin, turmeric, salt, red chili powder, and olive oil. Sear your shrimp for one minute per side, then remove from heat. Next, place butter in a pan and heat sliced onion until soft. Add garlic and ginger, stirring until fragrant. After, add garam masala, cumin, ground coriander, and turmeric, and stir. Furthermore, add crushed tomatoes, chili powder, salt, and coconut milk. Let this simmer until it is slightly thicker. Afterward, add your shrimp back in and allow it to simmer until shrimp are fully cooked. Serve with jasmine rice.

17. Shrimp Ceviche

Authentic Mexican Cuisine Shrimp Ceviche Tostada
If you do not have access to fresh fish or shrimp that you trust, you can make this ceviche with cooked shrimp.

Chop your shrimp into tiny, 1/2-inch pieces. Place them in a bowl and set them aside. In a bowl mix together lemon, lime, and orange juice. Pour half of this juice mixture over the shrimp pieces to marinate. In the remaining juice, add jalepaños, tomato, apple, cilantro, and red onion. Toss this ingredients together and allow to sit for 10 minutes. After, add chopped avocado. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix with salt and pepper to taste.

*Note: If you do not have access to fresh shrimp, or are concerned with eating uncooked shrimp you can easily follow this recipe, with cooking the shrimp first.

18. Shrimp Zucchini Boats

Bowl with many fresh green zucchini on white wooden background

Slice your zucchinis lengthwise in half. Scoop out the center to create a well for your shrimp to go. Brush your zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle them with garlic and fresh herb seasoning. Over medium-high heat, grill them with their cut side down for about 5 minutes. Or, you can bake them for 15 minutes at 450°F, also cut side down. In a skillet over medium heat, melt some butter. Add in your shrimp and more garlic herb seasoning. Also, add some fresh lemon juice. Cook your shrimp until they start to turn golden brown, then remove them and place them in a bowl. In that same pan melt more butter and artichoke hearts. Cook for about 5 minutes. Now, take your already grilled or baked zucchini boats and fill them with the artichoke heart filling and shrimp. Top with parmesan cheese. Heat under the broiler for five minutes.

19. Caesar Salad With Garlic Shrimp

Shrimp Salad. Seafood Caesar Salad served with croutons, shrimps, salad leaf and parmesan on black background. Italian caesar salad.Top view, copy space.
Spice up this traditional salad with fresh sauteed shrimp on top.

Rinse, dry, and chop romaine lettuce into bite-size pieces. Sprinkle generously with parmesan cheese and croutons. Cook your shrimp on the stovetop in olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add them to your salad bowl. Drizzle Caesar dressing on top and toss gently until everything is evenly coated. Garnish with fresh lemon wedges.

20. Sheet Pan Shrimp Gumbo

Shrimps with sausages, new potatoes and sweet corn. One sheet pan shrimps with sausages and vegetables. View from above, top

Grab some shrimp, andouille sausage, sweet corn, and potatoes, and make yourself a Cajun dinner! First, cut your corn on the cob into four, mouthful pieces. Boil them in water until they soften. Next, chop your baby potatoes in half, and season with salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning. Drizzle them with olive oil and bake them in the oven at 400°F for 20 minutes to soften them. When they are done, take your corn, andouille sausage, and shrimp and add them to the baking sheet as well. Add more oil, salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning. Also top with fresh cilantro. Bake for another 5-10 minutes.

21. Taco Lime Shrimp Skewers

Grilled shrimp skewers. Seafood, shelfish. Shrimps Prawns skewers with herbs, garlic and lemon on black stone background, copy space. Shrimps prawns brochette kebab. Barbecue srimps prawns.

Season your shrimp with taco seasoning, enchilada sauce, and fresh lime juice. Let them marinate for about 20 minutes while you soak your skewers and fire up your grill. Grill them until they are evenly charred on both sides. Top with fresh cilantro and another squirt of lime juice. Serve with a side of vegetables.

22. Shrimp Skillet With Sweet Corn and Rice

Red Argentine shrimps ocean jumbo shrimps copy space.

Saute your shrimp with salt, pepper, olive oil, white miso, garlic, ginger, and turmeric. Once they are pink add in sweet corn, scallions, and your cooked brown rice. Add more of all the seasoning and squirt fresh lime juice on top. Serve with fresh cilantro and fresh lime wedges.

23. Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Herbed Crusted Shrimp and Oven Fries

This low-calorie shrimp meal is one of the easiest to make. You just need shrimp, butter, lemons, salt, pepper, and cilantro. Melt butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Season your shrimp with salt and pepper to taste. Throw them into the pan and let them get golden brown. Then add in your lemon juice and chopped cilantro. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes and a salad.

24. Shrimp Cocktail

Fresh Organic Shrimp Cocktail with red sauce
If you don't have the time to make your own cocktail sauce, you can buy a premade version in the store.

Perfect for parties or gatherings, this low-calorie shrimp meal is sure to impress. Once your shrimp are thawed and cleaned, put them on a baking sheet and bake them at 450°F for 10 minutes. Once they are pink you can serve them on a platter with the cocktail sauce. You can buy pre-made cocktail sauce or make your own. If you want to make your own you will need, ketchup, mild chili sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. You will also want to let the sauce sit in the fridge for at least an hour.

25. Shrimp Cucumber Bites

Canape with prawn, cucumber and avocado guacamole, party food, finger food

Looking for a shrimp recipe that is more of an appetizer rather than a meal? Well then this is for you! Saute your shrimp in a pan with butter, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Chop your cucumber into small bite-size pieces and top each slice with fresh guacamole. Place one of your cooked shrimp on top and you now have a bite-size, delicious treat.

26. Shrimp Zucchini Pasta

Zucchini raw vegan pasta with avocado dip sauce, spinach leaves and cherry tomatoes on plate. On dark background. Vegetarian healthy food

Grab some zoodles from the store and get ready to take a trip to Tuscany, all from the comfort of your kitchen. This low-calorie shrimp meal with have everyone coming back for seconds. Saute your shrimp in a pan with olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Once they are golden brown remove them from the pan and place them in a bowl. In that same pan, now add some butter, your zoodles, cherry tomatoes, a splash of white wine, and some grated parmesan cheese. Allow it to simmer for 3-5 minutes. Add your shrimp back in and allow it to simmer for 3-5 minutes more. Now enjoy the fresh flavor!

27. Shrimp Sushi Bowls

Shrimp Sushi Bowls with Cauliflower Rice and Spicy Mayo: Bowls of shrimp, avocado, carrot, and served as Japanese-style sushi bowls
You don't have to be a sushi expert to make this low-calorie shrimp meal.

Not everyone has the patience to roll their own sushi, or the tastebuds for raw fish. Luckily, these shrimp sushi bowls solve both issues. For this recipe, saute your shrimp in olive oil, salt, and pepper. In a bowl place your white rice on the bottom. On top add edamame, matchstick carrots, avocado slices, fresh scallions, and your shrimp. Top with sesame seeds and a siracha mayo sauce.

28. Pineapple Shrimp Skewers

Delicious carved pineapple served as a bowl container boat stuffed with fresh pineapple tomato sauced seafood fried rice.

Tired of shrimp skewers yet? We aren't? Make them unique by adding some pineapple to them! Soak your skewers in water, then add shrimp and pineapple chunks to them alternately. Marinate them in honey, siracha, maple syrup, and a little soy sauce. Grill them until both sides are charred. Top with fresh scallions and sesame seeds.

29. Honey Harissa Shrimp With Couscous

Tabbouleh - Arabian vegetarian salad made of couscous, tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, onions and lemon juice. Couscous with vegetables in a white bowl on the table.

Cook your couscous and set aside. Marinate your shrimp in honey, harissa sauce, salt, pepper, and soy sauce. Saute them in a pan until cooked through. Place them on top of your couscous with cherry tomatoes and fresh mint leaves. If you want to make this dish even more exciting, top with a fresh tzatziki dressing.

30. Shrimp and Grits

Homemade Shrimp and Grits with Pork and Cheddar
If you don't have time to make grits from scratch you can buy premade grits at the grocery store.

Buy and cook your grits. Saute your shrimp in lemon juice, butter, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and fresh parsley. Top your grits with the shrimp and pour some of the juice over it all. This meal will be flavorful and filling!

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