From classic slaws, dips, rice and veggie sides to unique and delicious fruit skewers, Mediterranean specialties, stunning salads and more, here's a list of the top 50 best side dishes to serve with grilled shrimp.
If you've followed my journey, know I LOVE shrimp, I used to fish them after all! Steamed, fried, boiled and especially grilled shrimp, I love them all. Mix and match these delicious and easy recipes with your fave grilled shrimp to make it a full meal.
(Did I say I love shrimp and prawns? Here's my favorite grilled shrimp with garlic butter recipe. If you're a shrimp lover too, you should also try this delicious recipe for Prawns In Tomato Fennel Broth and for a Mexican appy, Coctel De Camaron (Mexican Shrimp Cocktail.)
What Are The Best Side Dishes For Grilled Shrimp?
Classic sides for grilled shrimp are grilled veggies, wedge and French fries, potato salad, rice dishes, pasta side dishes, casseroles, lemon, tartar sauce and other sauces. Grilled fresh shrimp are also stellar on top of spinach, green and Caesar salad. And don't forget a great cocktail. Nothing says outdoor dining like tasty Homemade Margaritas!
Got a favorite not mentioned here? Let me know below! And if you love other seafood recipes, check out Easiest Seafood Alfredo, Pasta Alla Salmone and Salmon Crudo too.
Top off a main dish of shrimp skewers cooked on the outdoor grill with some grilled sides and save the dishes. Along with veggies skewers, there are fun fruit kebabs that give a tropical vibe, bacon wrapped corn, asparagus in foil and oysters in the shell. These are laid back, easy recipes that pair up with shrimp naturally for a quick meal.
Dips + Sauces
Who doesn't love a good dip? And shrimp are such great dippers! Try out tangy cilantro lime or take a shortcut for the flavor of bacon wrapped shrimp with bacon aioli. Salsa and pesto make a perfect pairing too, just serve it up with some tortilla chips or bread. (Got random fruit? Try this Use-It-Up Fruit Salsa)
Main + Side Salads
Salads are a great way to keep your meal fresh (and healthy too). Another great option is to serve your grilled juicy shrimp on top of a salad to make it a main course shrimp salad! Serve it up with a side of chips, fries or bread and it becomes a hearty meal.
Go with a simple green salad of romaine lettuce or get fancy with one of these tasty, vibrant salads.
Veggie Side Dishes
Another great pairing are these simple vegetable side dishes. Veggies really round out a meal and are super easy and fast to make.
Fresh grilled shrimp and juicy corn are a match made in heaven. Go classic with corn on the cob, make it refreshing with a corn salad or tempt everyone's taste buds with some crab and corn fritters.
Rice + Grains
Rice and grains make perfect side dishes for grilled shrimp dinners. Choose from Mediterranean, Asian or South American flavors to pair with your shrimp recipe.
Potatoes + Fries
Of course fries are a classic but also try the easy, baked hasselback potatoes or baked sweet potatoes. And for the low-carb lover, there's a cauliflower mashed "potato" recipe too.
Bread + Biscuits
Sweet corn spoonbread, rustic cast-iron baked cornbread or biscuits are all such comforting and tasty pairings at a BBQ.
A simple pasta makes a great side when the weather is cooler. Go cheesy with a classic mac and cheddar cheese or get a little fancy with the lemon ricotta spaghetti. Yum!
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