42 Leftover Shrimp Recipes

Today, I want to share more than 40 leftover shrimp recipes that are perfect for any occasion.

If you have leftover shrimp in the fridge and don’t know what to do with it, you’ve come to the right place! Shrimp is one of my favorite seafood because of how versatile and simple to cook with it is.

From pot pies to soup and gumbos, here’s a recipe to cover every craving.

Psst… If you like this list, you might also like our post on Leftover Fried Chicken Recipes and Leftover Cornbread Recipes.

How long is leftover cooked shrimp good for in the fridge?

Leftover cooked shrimp can last three to four days in the fridge and up to nine months in the freezer. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it’s best to store ready-to-eat food, such as cooked shrimp, in the fridge at 40 F degrees or below to avoid the development of bacteria. So make sure to check your fridge’s temperature before storing the shrimp.

Easy Leftover Shrimp Recipes

Cooking leftovers doesn’t have to be difficult. Below you’ll find 10 leftover shrimp recipes that are so simple anyone can make them.

Sheet Pan Shrimp

If you’re looking for a simple dinner recipe, this shrimp sheet pan is perfect for you. You just have to pop it in the oven for 10 minutes!

Spicy Shrimp Soup

Chicken broth, tomatoes, garlic, red pepper flakes, and a dash of lemon juice are the secret to this delicious spicy shrimp soup.

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

This one-pot shrimp gumbo is the perfect recipe if you’re looking for a simple, comforting meal.

Shrimp Skewers

These grilled pineapple and shrimp skewers are the perfect addition to your next barbecue.

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Crab and Shrimp Pot Pie

This crab and shrimp pot pie is not only delicious but healthy too, as it’s filled with vegetables, including peas, mushrooms, and onions. 

Shrimp Stir Fry

This easy shrimp stir fry is simple to make, it’s the perfect make-ahead lunch. Throw in some frozen broccoli and you have a perfectly balanced meal.

Shrimp and Grits

These Southern-style shrimp and grits’ 10-minute prep time and 35-minute cooking time make for a simple meal that can be made in a total time of 45 minutes.

Cilantro Zesty Lime Shrimp Salad

This simple cilantro-lime shrimp and avocado salad are so simple and refreshing that you won’t want to eat anything else during summer.

Shrimp Salad 

This easy shrimp salad can be enjoyed on its own or as a delicious sandwich. 

Shrimp Chowder

This creamy corn chowder is the perfect dinner for those colder months. You’ll also take it to another level by jazzing it up with leftover shrimp. Corn and shrimp chowdah, anyone?

Leftover Shrimp Recipes – Appetizers

Leftover cooked shrimp makes for some great appetizers. Below are eight simple recipes to wow your friends and family.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Try making this oven-baked bacon-wrapped shrimp served with this creamy southwest dressing to wow your guests.

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Coconut Shrimp

Coconut milk and coconut flakes make for the most delicious, flavor-packed coconut shrimp bites. 

Shrimp Sliders

These buffalo shrimp sliders, alongside some air-fried waffle fries, make for the perfect Super Bowl snack, or meal.

Cheesy Shrimp Dip

This cheesy baked shrimp dip is best served with tortilla chips and baby carrots for a filling snack.

Shrimp Cakes

If there’s something better than crab cakes, it’s these easy shrimp cakes. Trust me, they’re best served with this creamy Southwest salad dressing.

Firecracker Shrimp

There’s no better appetizer than these crispy and flavor-packed firecracker shrimp rolls.

Shrimp Stuffed Avocados

If you’re looking for a healthy appetizer, you have to try these shrimp-stuffed avocados topped with pico de gallo.

BBQ Shrimp

If you like simple recipes, you’ll love this 15-minute BBQ shrimp, especially made with this sweet and spicy Coke barbecue sauce.

Leftover Shrimp Recipes – Air Fryer

If you love air fryer recipes, you’ll want to try these seven leftover shrimp recipes that use the air fryer.


Bang Bang Shrimp

This air fryer bang bang shrimp is not packed with flavor but also very healthy. They go perfectly with a slightly spicy, slightly sweet boom boom sauce.

Air Fryer Fried Shrimp

If you like chicken nuggets, you’ll love these air fryer fried shrimp bites. It’s the perfect way of eating your favorite meals but in a healthier way.

Honey Lime Shrimp

This honey and lime juice air fryer shrimp is perfect for meal prepping. Just store it in an airtight container along with rice and veggies.

Air Fryer Shrimp Fajitas

These air fryer shrimp fajitas, packed with onions and bell peppers, are best served in corn tortillas and topped with this cilantro and sour lime cream. It all goes perfectly with these Chipotle fajita veggies.

Leftover Shrimp Recipes With Pasta

Shrimp and pasta make for the best and easiest dinner. Below are eight pasta recipes with leftover shrimp you have to try.

Steak and Shrimp Kabobs

If you’re looking for a protein-packed lunch, try these air fryer steak and shrimp kabobs.

Shrimp Pasta Salad

If you’re on a busy schedule, try making this shrimp macaroni salad for a quick but filling lunch.

Shrimp Scampi

This 20-minute shrimp scampi makes for a delicious but healthy dinner.

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Shrimp Alfredo

If you have some leftover cooked shrimp, heat them up and serve them with a bowl of pasta covered with this simple Alfredo sauce for a quick and yummy meal.

Garlic Butter Shrimp

If you want to get dinner ready in no time, you should try making this air fryer shrimp with garlic and butter sauce.

Air Fryer Shrimp Boil

This air fryer shrimp boil has all the elements of traditional shrimp boil, including corn, potatoes, and fresh herbs, but it is ready in half the time.

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

This simple lemon, garlic, and parmesan cheese shrimp pasta can be made in just one pot in under 30 minutes.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

This cajun shrimp pasta is spicy and so creamy you won’t want to have anything else for dinner. Love a Cajun recipe? When you’re done with this shrimp recipe, try out our Cajun boiled peanuts and Chili’s Cajun chicken pasta recipe.

Mediterranean-Style Shrimp Pasta

This 20-minute Mediterranean shrimp pasta makes the perfect healthy lunch for those with a busy schedule. Pair it with this Mediterranean cucumber salad to feel like you’re on a true vaca.

Shrimp and Feta Cheese Pasta

Cooking dinner has never been so easy as it is with this baked shrimp and feta pasta.

World Cuisines Using Leftover Shrimp

If you want to become a more seasoned home cook, try making dishes from other cuisines. Below are nine leftover shrimp recipes from different parts of the world!

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

If you want something simple but packed with flavor for lunch, try making this traditional Mexican shrimp cocktail.

Shrimp Paella

Use that leftover shrimp in your fridge to make this authentic Spanish paella at home.

Yaki Udon With Shrimp

These Japanese udon noodles with shrimp make for a savory and filling meal. The best part is that you can make them in only 20 minutes!

Baja-Style Shrimp Tacos

These 5-minute Baja shrimp tacos are just what you need after a long day of work.

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Shrimp Fried Rice

If, in addition to leftover cooked shrimp, you have leftover rice, toss it all together to create this delicious shrimp fried rice.

Shrimp Paté

Try your hand at French cuisine by making this easy shrimp pate.

Polpette Di Gamberi

Polpette di Gamberi are traditional Italian fritters made with shrimp, breadcrumbs, garlic, salt, and pepper. Once you try them, you won’t want to cook shrimp another way.

Shrimp Pad Thai

This delicious shrimp Pad Thai is the perfect make-ahead lunch.

Shrimp Tempura Roll

If you like sushi, you’ll fall in love with this homemade shrimp tempura roll.

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