If you’re ready to feel the heat, these quick and easy spicy shrimp recipes are guaranteed to make your mouth water and your tastebuds tingle.
So if you’re a spice lover, you’ve come to the right place!
Shrimp is juicy, succulent, and a little sweet. It’s also extra scrummy when you throw in a whole load of spicy extras.
I’m talking bold harissa, fragrant Thai chilies, smoky Cajun spices, and more.
From cheesy quesadillas to bold soups, these spicy shrimp recipes are the bomb.
I hope you’ve got some milk handy – you’re gonna need it!
25 Easy Spicy Shrimp Recipes for a Fiery Dinner
1. Sichuan Shrimp Stir Fry
Let’s kick things off with a simple yet mind-blowingly delicious stir fry! And as you can see from the picture, this one has a kick!
Shrimp, onions, peanuts, and Sichuan chilis are sautéed until hot and juicy.
If you can’t find Sichuan chilis, go for Korean dried chili peppers, which are a little less spicy but just as tasty.
Best eaten with coconut rice to cut down on the heat, this is one helluva spicy shrimp dinner.
2. Harissa Shrimp and Chickpea
Got yourself a jar of Moroccan harissa but no idea what to do with it? I’ve got you covered.
This seafood dish features sweet, plump shrimp and buttery, nutty chickpeas in a spicy harissa sauce.
The components are great as individuals, but together, they make magic happen.
3. Easy Shrimp Harissa and Tomato Skillet
Here’s another fantastic recipe you can make with harissa paste! And with the added tomatoes, it’s certainly bold.
In case you’re not familiar, harissa is a North African chili paste made of various chili peppers.
These include Serrano, roasted red peppers, Baklouti pepper, and a lot more.
So yes, if you consider yourself a spice addict, you need to stock up on harissa paste.
4. One-Pot Shrimp Diablo
Forget your usual spag-bol or carbonara. This shrimp diablo is the new pasta dish in town!
And yes, it really is a one-pot-wonder. Even the pasta cooks in the same pot!
It earns its name from the blend of chili paste and pepper flakes. But there’s also tomatoes and garlic to balance it all out.
5. Thai Basil Fried Rice
A fun mix of Jasmine rice, shallots, shrimp, and an umami-rich sauce, this dish isn’t your average fried rice.
Flavored with Thai chilies, it”ll pretty much set your mouth on fire!
That said, despite the heat, the sweetness of the shrimp and the peppery, licorice-like flavor of the Thai basil leaves manage to shine through.
6. New Orleans Gumbo with Shrimp and Sausage
When it comes to spicy food, we can always count on New Orleans to deliver.
Overloaded with shrimp, sausage, chicken, and colorful vegetables, gumbo is food for the soul.
The tomato-based broth is seasoned perfectly with Cajun spices, hot sauce, and a gumbo file.
It’s so rich and comforting, one spoonful will fill your heart, body, and soul with joy.
7. Spicy Shrimp Tortilla Soup
Give tortilla soup a sweet and spicy makeover with shrimp and spices. And you’ll only need half an hour to make it.
If you’re looking to add something new to your arsenal of effortless recipes, you know what to do.
8. Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
Whether you’re on a low-carb diet or just want something light for lunch, these lettuce wraps are a must-try.
As much as I love buffalo chicken wraps, these sweet and juicy shrimp lettuce wraps are too good to miss.
Tossed in a hot and spicy buffalo sauce with a dollop of bleu cheese dressing, they’ll set your taste buds tingling in the best way.
9. Chipotle Shrimp Quesadillas
If you find steak quesadillas overly rich and chicken quesadillas too boring, how about spicy shrimp?
And between the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and the chili powder, they’re more than spicy – they’re practically on fire!
Add some garlic, corn, cheesy, and guac, and this is the perfect mid-week dinner.
10. Spicy Grilled Shrimp
These skewers are sweet, spicy, and refreshing all at the same time. And the secret is in the marinade.
A blend of chili, lemon, and garlic (among other ingredients), this sauce lends the shrimp an excellent balance of flavors.
To make things even more mouthwatering, they’re grilled to perfection, leaving you a wonderful smokey char in every bite.
11. Cajun Shrimp and Corn Chowder
Give sweet and creamy corn chowder a spicy kick with Cajun-seasoned shrimp!
Featuring soft-snappy shrimp, hearty-chunky potatoes, crunchy bacon, and a creamy and spicy broth, it’s beyond divine.
This chowder will delight your taste buds with a beautiful variety of tastes and textures. Serve it with some spicy cornbread, and you’re good to go!
12. Spicy New Orleans Shrimp
Here’s another phenomenally spicy dish brought to you by New Orleans.
This recipe adds bright, bold flavors to the subtle flavor of shrimp through a whole slew of herbs and spices.
A blend of sweet chili, Worcestershire, hot sauce, and smoked paprika gives this dish its wonderfully savory and spicy flavors.
Making it even extra scrummy is a splash of liquid smoke, further enhancing the dish’s already delectable flavors.
13. Spicy Shrimp Tacos With Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw
While I won’t say no to ground beef or shredded chicken, my absolute favorite taco filling is shrimp.
If you haven’t had shrimp tacos yet, this is the sign to make some.
The shrimp offers a better bite than beef or chicken, and it’s only made even yummier when paired with the crunchy slaw. Yum!
14. Firecracker Shrimp
You may have had a version of firecracker shrimp before. And if you didn’t like it, it could be that the recipe only called for Sriracha.
While I adore Sriracha, I like to balance it out a little, which is why this recipe is my go-to!
A blend of chili-garlic sauce, chili oil, Sriracha, vinegar, honey, cayenne, and lime juice makes the shrimp bright, zippy, and wonderfully fiery.
When combined, these ingredients create a beautiful harmony of sweet, savory, and spicy goodness.
15. Thai Spicy Shrimp Noodle Soup
If you’re not new to my page, you know how obsessed I am with soup. And Thai or Indian soups are some of my faves.
This one features an aromatic blend of garlic, ginger, and curry paste. Plus just enough coconut milk to keep from blowing your head off.
Slurp these noodles with plenty of water on the side!
16. Spicy Garlic Shrimp With Coconut Rice
Add Latin flavors to your next dinner with this delectable camarones al ajillo – spicy garlic shrimp.
While it’s outstandingly rich and delectable, it’s just a simple sauté of garlic, jalapeños, and shrimp.
Serve it with coconut rice for a hearty and flavorful meal you’ll crave again and again.
17. Salsa Verde Shrimp
As the name suggests, this dish features shrimp tossed in a spicy green salsa. It’s another simple dish, but one that certainly won’t disappoint.
The sweet, succulent shrimp and spicy, tangy salsa make one bright and beautiful dish.
Serve the spicy shrimp over steamed white rice, and enjoy!
18. Rasta Pasta with Jerk Shrimp
This Jamaican dish is made with shrimp and bell peppers bathed in a creamy sauce. Flavored with cheese and jerk seasoning, it’s super tasty.
Better yet, it’s so easy to modify. So if all you have is chicken or white fish, go ahead and use those instead. Jerk seasoning works with everything!
19. Paleo Buffalo Shrimp Tacos
Add some excitement to your paleo diet with these stunning buffalo shrimp tacos.
Because going on a diet is already hard enough – you shouldn’t have to give up tacos too!
Luckily, these grain-free tortillas filled with buffalo-infused shrimp, coleslaw, and creamy ranch dressing make it a lot easier.
Whoever said paleo is boring has yet to try these tacos.
20. Hunan Shrimp
Got 10 minutes? Then you’ve got time to make Hunan shrimp!
In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s a stir-fry of shrimp and veggies tossed in a sweet, savory, and spicy sauce.
Delicious doesn’t even begin to describe it.
21. Cajun Shrimp Pasta
This shrimp pasta is creamy and savory with the perfect amount of heat.
What’s the secret to amping up the sauce? Simple – Cajun seasoning!
Combined with cream, this bold spice mix gives the pasta the perfect touch of spiciness and smokiness.
22. Udang Balado (Indonesian Spicy Shrimp)
Give your American dinner an Indonesian flair with simple but scrumptious udang Balado recipe.
I know the name may sound intimidating, but this dish is nothing but impressive.
Sweet and succulent shrimp flavored with tomato sauce, lemongrass, and sambal goreng, a spicy Indonesian sauce made of bird’s eye chilies.
It’s quick and sure to be a hit.
23. Pan Fried Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa
Between the spicy shrimp and sweet, zesty mango salsa, these tacos might just be too good to share.
The combination of hot and refreshing flavors makes them impossible to resist. So go ahead and make extra – you’ll need it!
24. Coctel de Camarones (Mexican Shrimp Cocktail)
If you need a fancy yet easy party appetizer, look no further than coctel de camarones.
It’s a shrimp cocktail covered in a sweet, spicy, and tangy Mexican salsa served in an elegant glass.
If this appetizer doesn’t fit your formal party, I don’t know what else will!
25. Spicy Pesto Shrimp Primavera
Capping off this list is a fun combination of pesto and primavera!
Because why would you choose between two pasta sauces when you can combine them into one?
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