17/09/2016 6:24 PM AEST | Updated 07/12/2017 9:22 AM AEDT

From Tacos To Pad Thai: 12 Standout Shrimp Recipes

High in protein, low in calories, and quick to make.

jennifer segal

High in protein, low in calories, and quick to make, shrimp is always a great choice for dinner. You'll love these crustacean creations; they're all loaded with flavor!

1. Shrimp Pad Thai

Everything you need for this Shrimp Pad Thai, you can find at your local grocery store. And it can go head-to-head with any restaurant version. GET THE RECIPE

2. Old Bay Shrimp Salad

This classic shrimp salad with an Old Bay kick is wonderful piled onto a roll, scooped over a salad, or served with crackers as an appetizer. GET THE RECIPE

3. Ginger, Garlic & Chili Shrimp

In this quick and easy recipe, jumbo shrimp are bathed in a brine flavored with salt, sugar and chili powder, and then sautéed with loads of fresh ginger and garlic. Kids love it as much as grown-ups do. GET THE RECIPE

4. Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

These shrimp tacos are perfect for a casual and fun dinner party. You can prepare most of the recipe ahead of time, then just fire up the grill and lay out all the fixins for everyone help themselves. GET THE RECIPE

5. Grilled Pesto Shrimp

There are endless ways to use pesto and this easy recipe is one of my favorites. The shrimp always disappear in a flash -- no matter how much you think you'll need, make extra! GET THE RECIPE

6. Crispy Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Red Chili Sauce

I've had Coconut Shrimp at many restaurants, but this homemade version beats them all. You can do all of the preparation in advance, and don't tell but the sauce comes straight out of a bottle. GET THE RECIPE

7. Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp

This is one of my go-to recipes when I have to hit the kitchen running: It takes just twenty minutes to make, I always have the ingredients on hand, my kids love it as much as I do, and there's barely any clean-up! GET THE RECIPE

8. Vietnamese Caramelized Shrimp

Forget takeout and make this quick, classic Vietnamese shrimp dish instead. My family always scrapes the pan clean. GET THE RECIPE

9. Peel n' Eat Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Peel n' Eat Shrimp are as easy to make as they are fun to eat. Here, I've prepared them Maryland-style: simmered in beer and Old Bay with homemade cocktail sauce on the side. GET THE RECIPE

10. Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Tomato, Garlic and Herbs

In this easy recipe, shrimp are quickly marinated in a bright and tangy mixture of olive oil, tomato paste, lemon, garlic, and herbs and then grilled until plump and slightly charred. GET THE RECIPE

11. New Orleans-Style Barbecue Shrimp

New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp has actually very little to do with barbecue -- the dish refers to sautéed shrimp in a Worcestershire-spiked butter sauce. If you keep shrimp in your freezer, it's one of those dishes you can throw together at a moment's notice. And, bonus, kids love it! GET THE RECIPE

12. Thai Ginger and Sweet Red Chili Shrimp

This is a an authentic-tasting Thai dish, yet it's easy to make with ingredients found at your local supermarket. The flavor comes from lots of fresh ginger and garlic, and of course, one of the best bottled sauces you can have in your kitchen -- Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce. GET THE RECIPE