What to serve with grilled shrimp to turn it into a delicious and well-balanced meal for the whole family! These recipes include everything from easy vegetable side dishes to classic comfort foods! If you plan on popping a few shrimp on the grill this summer, you've come to the right place!
Best Side Dishes For Grilled Shrimp
One of my favorite quick and easy shrimp recipes is simply popping a few juicy shrimp on the grill with a little seasoning. It's incredibly versatile, and honestly, it's hard to mess up!
Grilled shrimp can be served on its own as a light appetizer, or you can make it the main focus by incorporating a few tasty side dishes!
- Best Side Dishes For Grilled Shrimp
- 1. Twice Baked Potatoes
- 2. Southern Coleslaw
- 3. Grilled Corn On The Cob
- 4. Sauteed Green Beans
- 5. Lemon Butter Sauce
- 6. Potato Salad
- 7. Zucchini Fritters
- 8. Caesar Salad
- 9. Pan Fried Asparagus
- 10. Fresh Mango Salsa (with tortilla chips)
- 11. Cucumber Vinegar Salad
- 12. Creamed Spinach
- 13. Parmesan Orzo
- 14. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers with Cream Cheese
- 15. Rice Pilaf
- Recipes You Can Make With Grilled Shrimp
- Tips For Choosing What To Serve With Grilled Shrimp
- 🦐 🍤 😋 More Great Shrimp Recipes
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- What To Serve With Grilled Shrimp: Twice Baked Potatoes (+More Tasty Recipes!)
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1. Twice Baked Potatoes
You can't go wrong pairing shrimp with any kind of potato, but these twice-baked potatoes are guaranteed to impress! They are loaded with butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, and ham and baked until perfectly fluffy.
2. Southern Coleslaw
When you're enjoying the summer grilling season, cool and crispy coleslaw is a great way to beat the heat! You can even prepare it in advance and let it chill in the fridge until you need it.
3. Grilled Corn On The Cob
If you already plan on firing up the grill, why not throw on a few corn cobs? Corn on the cob takes longer to cook than shrimp, so you'll want to throw it on near the end of the corn's cook time.
4. Sauteed Green Beans
Green beans are a great last-minute side dish for shrimp because they cook up in a flash! If you're looking to add a green veggie to your plate, a quick batch of sauteed green beans is the way to go.
5. Lemon Butter Sauce
It may not technically be a side dish, but grilled shrimp is always better with a side of lemon butter sauce! Or, if you prefer, you could try offering some drawn butter for dunking!
6. Potato Salad
When I think of summer grilling, potato salad is one of the first side dishes to come to mind. It's hearty and satisfying while also cool and creamy, making it an excellent choice to pair with grilled shrimp!
7. Zucchini Fritters
If you have some extra zucchini on hand, I can't think of a better way to use it than a batch of crispy zucchini fritters! They're a great alternative to french fries or potatoes, and they're just as good for dipping.
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8. Caesar Salad
Not only does a Caesar salad make a great side dish on its own, but it can also be served as the main course with a handful of juicy grilled shrimp! Grab some of your favorite croutons and some freshly grated Parmesan to top it all off!
9. Pan Fried Asparagus
If you aren't a fan of green beans, pan-fried asparagus is just as easy to make! It's tender and buttery, plus it adds a lovely pop of color to the plate.
10. Fresh Mango Salsa (with tortilla chips)
My fresh mango salsa features a rainbow of fresh fruits and veggies and lots of citrusy lime flavor. Serve it with a side of tortilla chips and some grilled shrimp for a refreshing lunch or light dinner!
11. Cucumber Vinegar Salad
Cucumber vinegar salad is simple and delicious, with a crisp crunch of fresh cucumbers and plenty of vinegary flavor. This light side dish is a great way to keep the carbs and calories low.
12. Creamed Spinach
Creamed spinach is a steakhouse classic and pairs perfectly with anything that comes hot off the grill. It's warm, creamy, cheesy, and so totally satisfying! You could give creamed kale a try, too!
13. Parmesan Orzo
This creamy Parmesan orzo would make a wonderful bed for a few succulent grilled shrimp. It's pure Italian comfort food that is easy to prepare and never disappoints!
14. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers with Cream Cheese
Slightly spicy, creamy, and wrapped in crispy bacon, these jalapeno poppers are always a crowd favorite. I love to dip them in some homemade ranch dressing, though they are definitely tasty enough to enjoy on their own.
15. Rice Pilaf
The slightly nutty and mild flavor of rice pilaf perfectly complements the savory and smoky flavor of grilled shrimp. Add some veggies, and you have a delicious and well-rounded meal!
Recipes You Can Make With Grilled Shrimp
If you'd prefer to incorporate your grilled shrimp into a dish instead of pairing it with a side dish, there are tons of recipes you can try! Grilled shrimp makes an excellent addition to everything from salads to pasta!
Here are a few recipes you can add your grilled shrimp to:
- Shrimp Burrito Bowl
- Southern Shrimp and Grits
- Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta
- Shrimp Fajitas
- Shrimp Enchiladas
Tips For Choosing What To Serve With Grilled Shrimp
When it comes to choosing the best side dishes for grilled shrimp, there are a few factors to keep in mind. Certain flavors and textures complement grilled shrimp more than others.
- Citrusy Notes: Shrimp and citrus are a match made in heaven. Lemon and lime complement it wonderfully! You can't go wrong with lemony sauces, tangy citrus salads, or even just a squeeze of fresh lemon.
- Cultural Cuisine: Grilled shrimp is a prevalent ingredient in many different cultures, including Mexican, Asian, and Mediterranean cuisines. Try pairing your shrimp with sides that are typical for these cuisines, such as vegetable fajitas, noodles, or couscous.
- Starchy Sides: Grilled shrimp is a light protein, which makes it a great opportunity to include some heavier, starchy sides! Things like rice, baked potatoes, and cornbread are always a welcome addition.
- Creamy Textures: Plump and juicy grilled shrimp also make a nice contrast to creamier textures. Try some creamy pasta dishes, coleslaw, or shrimp risotto!
- Balance the Spices: If you like your grilled shrimp spicy or strongly flavored, you may prefer to serve it with a cool and refreshing side. Cucumber vinegar salad, Greek yogurt fruit salad, or Greek pasta salad are all great options.
These are just a few of my favorite recipes to pair with grilled shrimp during the summer! Let me know how you like to serve your grilled shrimp in the comment section below!
🦐 🍤 😋 More Great Shrimp Recipes
- Kung Pao Shrimp - This bold and spicy Kung Pao shrimp is ready to eat in just 30 minutes!
- Buffalo Shrimp - Each juicy shrimp has a burst of zesty buffalo flavor!
- Fried shrimp - My super crispy fried shrimp is perfect for dipping in your favorite sauces!
- Garlic Shrimp Alfredo Bake - This garlic shrimp alfredo bake is incredibly simple and full of rich, cheesy flavor!
- General Tso's Shrimp - This homemade General Tso's shrimp is better than takeout!
- Crab Stuffed Shrimp - Crab stuffed shrimp can be served as an appetizer or a main course!
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What To Serve With Grilled Shrimp: Twice Baked Potatoes (+More Tasty Recipes!)
- 4 large russet potatoes (baking potatoes)
- 2 tablespoon olive oil (optional -extra virgin)
- 1 pinch Himalayan salt (coarse, optional)
Twice Baked Potato Filling
Twice Baked Potato Topping
- ¼ cup cheddar cheese (grated)
- ¼ cup bacon (chopped, cooked - about 4 to 6 slices)
- 2 tablespoon chives (fresh, chopped)
Baking the Potatoes (the first time)
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (232 degrees C).
- Clean and fork large baking potatoes, place on squares of aluminum foil. (optional) Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse grain Himalayan salt. Cook for 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before handling.
Assemble the Twice Baked Potatoes
- Slice each baked potato in half lengthwise.
- Scoop out the inside white of the potato, being careful not to get too close to the skin as it will tear easily. Place the scooped out potato into a mixing bowl.
- Add 1 stick softened butter, milk, and sour cream then combine with a hand mixer or masher. Stir in cooked ham and cheddar cheese, season with salt & pepper to taste, and mix again. Spoon filling portions into hollowed-out baked potato skins.
- Top each filled potato with bacon and chives (or scallions), and add more cheese if desired.
- Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) in a greased baking dish for 30-35 minutes, until cheese topping is melted and/or the filling is turning golden brown.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!