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5 Side Dishes to Pair with Shrimp

5 Side Dishes to Pair with Shrimp

You’re craving seafood, and your latest shipment of fresh, wild-caught Gulf shrimp from Biloxi Shrimp Co. has just arrived. Now, you have to figure out which side dish will complete the perfect meal. Make sure your next dinner wows from start to finish with our favorite side dishes for shrimp at Biloxi Shrimp Co.

1. Coleslaw

Creamy and cool, coleslaw is a perfect summertime food. It also makes a delicious side for fried or grilled shrimp with a tangy flavor and pleasing crunch. For a classic recipe, combine shredded cabbage and carrots with mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar, and salt. Looking to save time? Most grocery stores carry pre-shredded coleslaw mix to minimize prep. For a twist, mix up your recipe with purple or Napa cabbage, shredded apples, spicy diced peppers, or a dressing made with Mirin, soy sauce, and ginger.

2. Polenta

The Italian cousin of Southern grits, polenta is also made with cornmeal. This side dish is quick and easy to prepare. All you’ll need to do is boil some water, whisk in cornmeal, and allow the mixture to thicken. Finish the polenta with parmesan cheese to make a delicious side for grilled or sauteed shrimp. If you have leftovers, spread the polenta over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate. The next day, you can slice it into sticks and bake for a new take on fries.

3. French Fries

If you love fried shrimp, there’s nothing better than a heaping pile of crisp, crunchy French fries fresh from the fryer. Prep work is the hardest part of making homemade fries, as you’ll need to slice potatoes into thin, even strips and fry them in small batches to keep the oil hot. For those seeking a low-fat alternative, try baking French fries in the oven. Spice up your fries with a little chili powder or opt for sweet potatoes to emphasize the sweetness of Gulf or South Atlantic shrimp.

4. Fresh Vegetables

We don’t just love shrimp for their incredible flavor. They are also an excellent source of lean protein, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and low in calories. Whether you’re hoping to eat a little healthier or just love the colors and flavors of fresh vegetables, they make a wonderful side for your favorite shrimp dishes ranging from scampi to stir-fry. Steaming vegetables is a great way to preserve their flavor and texture without adding fat or calories. Simply top them with a squeeze of lemon juice and some salt and pepper and serve with your shrimp. During the summer, opt for a chopped salad over cooked vegetables.

5. Rice Pilaf

Rice is extremely versatile, and many side dishes that include it are easy to prepare. They can also make an elegant choice for dinner parties and holidays while proving simple enough for weeknight dinners. Rice pilaf is cooked in stock or white wine and includes sauteed onions, celery, and spices for a mild, yet flavorful taste. Adding sliced mushrooms, pine nuts, peas, currants, other dried fruit, or diced carrots can add color and interest to complement whatever shrimp dish you’re preparing. No rice? Try making pilaf with couscous, quinoa, or orzo.

Build Your Menu Around Gulf Shrimp

Our wild-caught, all-natural Gulf and South Atlantic shrimp are so delicious that you might forget all about side dishes. But if you’re preparing a menu for your next get-together or family meal, these side dishes for shrimp are sure to satisfy. To learn more about cooking with shrimp, check out a few of our favorite shrimp recipes or contact Biloxi Shrimp Co. today.

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