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Simple Shrimp Recipes For Lent

Shrimp recipes are a good option for Fridays during Lent when Catholics can’t eat meat. Get inspired by these Simple Shrimp Recipes For Lent.

For more seafood ideas, check out the rest of our seafood recipes.

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It’s Lent, which means no meat on Fridays if you’re Catholic. Or veggies only if you’re me. I don’t eat fish, so the whole fish on Fridays thing is lost on me. But maybe not on you. So for you, I put together a list of Simple Shrimp Recipes For Lent.

Now, real quick, in case you’re wondering “Can you eat shrimp during lent?” the short answer is yes.

The longer answer is that Catholics can’t eat meat on Fridays during Lent (from Ash Wednesday until Easter). Meat is (loosely) defined as anything with a backbone, which is why fish and seafood, like shrimp, are okay to eat on a Friday during Lent but beef and chicken are not.

If you’re really faithful, or if you were observing Lent back in the day, you’d abstain from dairy and eggs too. That’s why on Fat Tuesday, aka Pancake Day, occurred the day before Ash Wednesday. It was a way to use up all the milk and eggs before Lent started.

These days, people aren’t that specific about abstaining from dairy and eggs, but meat is still considered off limits on Lenten Fridays. Shrimp is still okay to eat. So all these recipes have shrimp in them, but no meat (even things like chicken broth), but they may have ingredients like fish stock.

A vegetarian recipe and the words "40+ Meatless Meals For Ash Wednesday" digitally written above it.

For more Lenten dinner ideas, check out our 40+ Meatless Meals For Ash Wednesday & Fridays During Lent.

Shrimp Recipes For Lent

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Grilled Shrimp Kabobs.

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

If it’s nice out on a Friday during Lent, these Grilled Shrimp Kabobs are perfect. They’re easy to make, packed with vegetables, and super tasty.

Shrimp on the barbie.

Shrimp on the Barbie

Not much is easier than seasoning shrimp, throwing it on some foil on the grill, and cooking it. So if you need an easy Lenten recipe, this Shrimp on the Barbie is the way to go.

shrimp creole served in a bowl with a spoon.

Shrimp Creole

Shrimp Creole is a classic Southern dish that is found in southern and Caribbean cuisine. A bunch of vegetables and seasoning complement the shrimp in this dish.

Popcorn Shrimp.

Baked Popcorn Shrimp

Skip the oil and the frying and make these Baked Popcorn Shrimp. They’re a lot easier and less messy than fried shrimp. There’s also an air fryer version of the recipe.

Oven Roasted Gulf Shrimp with Lemon and Comeback Sauce.

Oven Roasted Gulf Shrimp with Comeback Sauce

A little Old Bay seasoning, plus a couple other ingredients, simply season these Oven Roasted Gulf Shrimp, which you dip in the very popular Comeback Sauce.

Air Fryer Shrimp finished dish with sauce.

Air Fryer Shrimp with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce

In this recipe, Air Fryer Shrimp with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce, the shrimp are classic but it’s the mustard-horseradish sauce that’s the real star of the show.

Garlic Shrimp with Mango Cucumber Salsa and Coconut Rice on green plate.

Garlic Shrimp with Mango Cucumber Salsa and Coconut Rice

Part of the secret of this Garlic Shrimp with Mango Cucumber Salsa and Coconut Rice recipe is that the shrimp are marinated in orange juice. That helps them to pair perfectly with the fruit-filled salsa.

Indian Spiced Shrimp.

Indian-Style Spicy Shrimp

If you’re looking for something spicy, this Indian-Style Spicy Shrimp, made with ginger, garlic, and Asian spicy pepper (plus some other spices) is the shrimp recipe for you.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Pasta.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Pasta

Fra Diavolo is a spicy marinara (which we actually sell at the farmer’s market). We always suggest people serve it with shrimp and pasta, just like this Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Pasta recipe.

overhead view of pomegranate sriracha shrimp served over white rice.

Pomegranate Sriracha Shrimp

Pomegranate Sriracha Shrimp, a flavor forward Vietnamese dish, is made spicy with the sriracha, then balanced with the pomegranate molasses.

A bowl of rice topped with Honey Walnut Shrimp.

Honey Walnut Shrimp

This Honey Walnut Shrimp recipe combines battered shrimp and sweetened walnuts in a sweet honey sauce that will remind you of Chinese take out.

creamy shrimp pasta in bowl with multicolored napkin and penne shrimp pieces and white bowl of parmesan cheese on blue background.

Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta in Lemon Cream Sauce

You can have this Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta in Lemon Cream Sauce on your table in under 30 minutes, thanks to the magic of the Instant Pot.

Creamy Shrimp Enchiladas, on a spoon.

Shrimp Enchiladas

Shrimp Enchiladas are a Tex-Mex staple that combines tender shrimp with a tasty cream sauce. Plus tortillas.

sinigang na hipon filipino soup.

Sinigang Na Hipon (Filipino Shrimp Soup)

If Lent is during soup season for you, or if you can just eat soup anytime, this Filipino Shrimp Soup is a good Lenten dinner idea. Keep in mind that it is traditionally a sour and savory soup.

Order Shrimp Meals For Lent:

If you don’t feel like cooking tonight, but you want a shrimp dish for dinner, you can just order shrimp online with the following delivery services:

Four shrimp kabobs on a charcoal grill.

Order Shrimp Online:

If shrimp isn’t in season by you, or it’s just sold out at the grocery store, you can actually order shrimp online. Ordering online may actually give you a better selection than what you could find in your local grocery store too, since that’s mostly what’s caught locally.

You can order shrimp at Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics, where you can choose from options like Wild Artisan Blue Shrimp and Wild Oregon Pink Shrimp.

You can also order online at Amazon, although the majority of the options there are for pickup or delivery via Whole Foods Market, so just keep that in mind while you’re looking through the options.

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More Lenten Dinner Ideas:

If you’re looking for more ideas for Lenten dinners, we have a bunch of other posts that can inspire you. Some are vegetarian and others are fish based round ups, so you can choose whatever you’re in the mood for this Friday and satisfy your meatless craving.

Which of these Shrimp Recipes For Lent will you try first? Let us know in the comments.