You can’t go wrong with shrimp, cheese, and bread. This recipe only gets better when you find out how incredibly easy it is to make.
You already have the cooked shrimp and the rest of the meal only takes minutes to put together!
French bread is slathered with mayonnaise and then topped with cooked shrimp, two types of shredded cheese, and some seasonings. The loaf is baked until the cheese is melted and bubbling. It is so good.
I especially love this recipe as a picnic
I love turning leftovers into quesadillas. Quesadillas are just such a versatile food that tastes delicious with almost any kind of filling. Shrimp and bacon are definitely a great combo.
The cooked shrimp and bacon are chopped and sprinkled across flour tortillas. Some garlic, jalapenos, and yellow onion are extra additions that make the quesadillas really have that gourmet taste.
The gruyere cheese is exactly what you need to turn your leftover shrimp into a restaurant-worthy meal.
Add a quick side salad with the shrimp quesadillas and you have a complete meal. Who knew leftovers could be so good?
Do you love lobster rolls? If you do, then you will definitely love shrimp rolls. This is the perfect way to use cooked shrimp and turn it into a whole meal.
Cooked shrimp is chopped and tossed with simple ingredients like mayo, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. I like to add a few red pepper flakes to give my shrimp roll a little spice.
Be sure to use thick, crusty bread. Not only does it make the sandwich more filling, but it also will hold up better under the weight of the juicy shrimp.
I love Mexican food and I am also a huge shrimp cocktail fan. Mexican shrimp cocktail combines both of those loves into one perfect dish. You just can’t go wrong with a Mexican shrimp cocktail!
So how is a Mexican shrimp cocktail different than a regular shrimp cocktail? It is made with avocado, tomatoes, jalapeno, and lime juice, all ingredients that are different than a classic shrimp cocktail. It is a little chunkier, spicier, and just more delicious!
Use your leftover cooked shrimp to save time. This is a perfect appetizer or can even be a full lunch.
Do you have leftover shrimp scampi? Or maybe you have some ready-to-eat shrimp salad leftover from yesterday’s lunch. Why not turn it into a pizza!
This naan pizza is inspired by the flavors of shrimp scampi. It is cheesy, garlicky, and has the perfect amount of cooked shrimp. Add all the ingredients to a big piece of naan to make a quick pizza.
Seafood pizza is a favorite in my family. We would all rather have a white pizza with shrimp than a basic cheese pizza with marinara sauce. Needless to say, I have made this recipe hundreds of times and we all still adore it.
Pasta salads are one of my favorite summer foods. They are delicious when served cold but can also be heated. This southern shrimp salad is great both ways- cold or hot but I definitely like it best cold.
All you need to make this tasty shrimp salad is about 6-8 leftover boiled shrimp.
Leftover pasta, some mayonnaise, relish and cheddar cheese is all mixed together with the shrimp. Add a little salt and pepper and you’re done!
Not only does this recipe use up your leftover shrimp, it also uses any leftover pasta! Such a perfect way to clear out your fridge but also make a perfect meal.
This delicious Mexican-style shrimp cocktail is perfect for so many different diets. It is keto-friendly, whole 30 approved, and low in sugar. That doesn’t take away from the flavor though! It still has a lot of that…
I love the pieces of avocado and celery in the recipe. I added some chunky tomato pieces to my recipe as well. It was great!
Be sure to chop the shrimp into small pieces so you can eat the shrimp cocktail with a spoon or fork. Leave a few leftover shrimp whole to dip.
Stuffed avocados are a fun and healthy appetizer that will help you use up leftover shrimp.
I recently served these at a brunch and they were a huge hit! Everyone loves the shrimp salad in the avocado bowl and I loved how easy clean-up was.
This recipe makes about 6 servings and uses around a pound of cooked shrimp. I like the addition of hot sauce in the salad but feel free to skip it. The stuffed avocados are just as tasty without the spice.
Crunchy fried shrimp and cool coleslaw are the perfect combinations. I almost always make this sandwich for lunch if I have leftover fried shrimp. In my opinion, it is the best way to use fried shrimp since it is a real, complete meal.
The recipe uses classic coleslaw but I made the sandwich with mango slaw the other day and it was fantastic. The sweet, tropical taste of the mango was really good with the crispy shrimp.
Reheat your fried shrimp in an air fryer or toaster oven to re-crisp it perfectly. You want to keep that fried coating crunchy rather than soggy! An air fryer is definitely your best bet.
Looking for an easy weeknight meal? You may not think of shrimp alfredo pizza as being easy but it actually is. If you have a jar of alfredo sauce and some leftover shrimp, your meal is almost complete!
The Bang Bang shrimp pasta at The Cheesecake Factory restaurant is one of my favorite dishes ever.
I was so excited to find this copycat recipe that tastes just like the real thing. I make it with leftover cooked shrimp which I just add to the pasta at the very end of the recipe.
This is a very hearty dish so get ready for super rich pasta. Mayonnaise, sriracha, and Thai sweet chili sauce make an amazing sauce for the pasta. It is spicy, creamy, and just a little bit sweet. The perfect combo!
I take the tails off of my shrimp to make it easier to eat the pasta. You can leave the tails on for a more “gourmet” look.
Take your leftover shrimp boil and turn it into a perfect chowder in just minutes. This recipe uses my favorite kitchen appliance, the instant pot, to turn leftover shrimp boil into a complete meal.
Shrimp boils usually have cooked shrimp, potatoes, and corn on the cob. Toss all of these into the instant pot along with some garlic, bell pepper, sausage, and cream.
Seal up your Instant Pot and come back a few minutes later to a perfect shrimp chowder.
The cooked shrimp in a classic shrimp boil has the shrimp skin on. I like to peel the skin off before tossing it in the Instant Pot to make this chowder. I find it is much easier to eat this way.
This recipe is going to completely transform your leftover shrimp. You will no longer have seafood but a complete surf and turf meal!
Chopped shrimp and bacon is cooked into a creamy alfredo sauce. The sauce is stuffed inside a chicken breast and then baked.
You are going to take one bite of this hearty chicken and just say “wow”. It is rich and so packed with flavor!
I like to serve this chicken with a simple salad or side of sauteed spinach. Meat this hearty needs a veggie! This recipe may not be the healthiest but it is definitely one of the tastiest. A special occasion shrimp chicken for sure!
This dish is going to be a Sunday dinner classic in your household. It may take a while to cook but it is so worth the effort. All those flavors really come together as the dish bubbles on the stovetop.
I made this recipe using fresh tomatoes and chopped jalapenos rather than canned tomatoes with chilis.
It worked perfectly and I think made the meal better. I also used brown rice in place of white to make the shrimp dish healthier.
You don’t need to cook the stew quite as long since your shrimp is already cooked. This saves you time and helps you use up your leftover shrimp.
I had a lot of leftover shrimp once and wanted to use it all up in one easy recipe. Making a shrimp salad was the perfect way to use lots of shrimp and create a delicious appetizer-style dish.
The cooked shrimp is tossed with cocktail sauce and a creamy dressing. The addition of Old Bay seasoning adds tons of seafood flavor.
Toss the salad over some lettuce or just serve it plain in mini glasses. It is almost like a super fancy shrimp cocktail, just made with leftovers!
I love small, bite sized appetizers that you can easily pick up with your hands and eat. Plate-free, utensil-free appetizers are the best! These cucumber slices with leftover shrimp salad fit those requirements perfectly.
I like to make the shrimp salad the day before my party and assemble the cucumber slices the day of. Letting the shrimp salad sit and marinate give it more flavor and makes the salad dressing juicier.
Greek yogurt is best for this recipe because it is nice and thick. It coats the shrimp really well and is much healthier than mayo which is used in most shrimp salad recipes.
You can transform a few cooked shrimp into a delicious appetizer with this simple recipe. I have always been a big fan of bruschetta but I never tried adding shrimp before. Now, I am completely hooked on shrimp bruschetta.
gests using leftover shrimp cocktail which I tried and loved. The extra shrimp cocktail sauce made the bruschetta even juicier.
Regularly cooked shrimp is great, too, but I really liked the cocktail sauce addition. You will have to try both ways to see which you like best!
I make this shrimp anytime I have leftover frozen shrimp in my freezer. It is a taste of the honey paired with the shrimp. It is such a quick and easy meal to put together and clears out my freezer completely.
My kids love the sweet taste of the honey paired with the shrimp. In fact, it is the only way my daughter will eat shrimp!
That's why this recipe is on repeat in my house. I’m going to guess that you and your family will love it just as much as we do!
Your shrimp can go straight from the back of the freezer and into the air fryer and then come out looking perfect.
You don't need to thaw the shrimp, you don’t need to pre-cook it, all you need to do is toss it with some seasoning and cook it in the air fryer for a few minutes. Tada! A perfect shrimp meal that is made with leftover frozen shrimp.
I like to serve this shrimp with a side of rice or on top of pasta. It also makes a great appetizer with a little cajun mayonnaise dipping sauce.
Frozen shrimp can be transformed into a creamy, delicious sauce. The most amazing part is that the whole meal can be made in just 10 minutes. Freezer to table in 10 minutes?! This recipe is like a mom’s dream come true!
I served this creamy garlic shrimp over zucchini noodles. It made the meal a little healthier and also gluten-free.
It would also be good over pasta or rice. The shrimp and garlic sauce would really be good with just about anything, actually!
Transform your frozen shrimp into irresistible sweet and spicy shrimp bites. These make perfect appetizers or snacks.
I know my daughter loved having a little bowl of sweet, bite-sized shrimp right before dinner!
The recipe mentions using banana ketchup as a dipping sauce. You totally can skip this ingredient.
I found it hard to find in the grocery store and didn’t use it. The shrimp were still amazing!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Is Leftover Shrimp Good For In The Fridge?
Once your shrimp has been cooked, it will keep in the fridge for about 3-4 days.
You want to be sure to use your cooked shrimp within that time so it doesn’t go to waste! Luckily, with all these delicious recipes on hand, that shouldn’t be a problem…
Can I Reheat Cooked Shrimp?
Cooked shrimp can easily be reheated. You want to try to heat it up just enough to be hot but not too much that you overcook the shrimp.
Add the cooked shrimp to a small bowl with about ¼ inch of water and steam it in the microwave. This will prevent the shrimp from drying out.
You can also heat it up in a skillet with a little olive oil. Only reheat the shrimp for a minute or two so it doesn’t get chewy or tough!
Can I Freeze Cooked Shrimp?
Generally speaking, you can freeze cooked shrimp. It will keep in the freezer for up to six months.
Be sure to wrap the shrimp well to prevent freezer burn. I like to package the cooked shrimp in a vacuum sealed bag and then freeze it. It stays so fresh this way!
There is never a time when you should be throwing away leftover shrimp. There are just too many great ways to reuse your leftover shrimp and make it tasty again.
Give a few of my favorite recipes a try and let me know which ones you love. And, of course, if you have a great leftover shrimp recipe that you love- share it! I always want to try new recipes. Enjoy!
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