What to Serve With Fried Shrimp? 15 Best Side Dishes

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When I'm in the mood for seafood, one of my favorite dishes to whip up is this easy, crispy fried shrimp. I've almost always got some frozen shrimp on hand, so whether I'm in the mood for a snack or a full meal, this is one recipe that never disappoints.

If you're wondering what to serve with fried shrimp, you're not alone. The nice thing is that it pairs well with so many different side dishes, you'll never run out of ways to serve it. I've gathered together my 15 favorite side dishes to serve with fried shrimp to get the ball rolling.

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The best side dishes to serve with fried shrimp are jambalaya, zucchini alfredo, and dirty rice. There are also some excellent sauces to serve alongside your fried shrimp, like tartar and cocktail sauces. However, if you are looking for something light and healthy, you can also serve fried shrimp with a mango avocado salad or chopped wedge salad.

Please note that these delicious side dishes also work for coconut shrimp, shrimp scampi and almost any similar recipe.

Now, let's get cooking!

1. Jambalaya

Rice mixed with red beans and onion topped with scallion with a fork on side

Jambalaya is a versatile dish that you can change according to taste. You will often find shrimp in jambalaya, but this recipe doesn't actually have any. You can remedy that by topping your jambalaya with some fried shrimp. This flavor-packed creole-inspired side dish is only made better with the crunchy texture of the shrimp.

2. Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce

This homemade tartar sauce recipe is super flavorful and easy to make with whatever you have on hand. For instance, you can substitute the mayonnaise for plain greek yogurt or sour cream. I like to add a bit of lemon zest and lots of extra dill to mine! In my opinion it's the best creamy dressing for shrimp.

3. Mushroom Tacos

Two tacos filled with roasted mushrooms, black beans, bell peppers and parsley

You can serve these meatless mains with some fried shrimp on the side, or you can shake things up this Taco Tuesday with some shrimp tacos, Cerveza, and a mango avocado salad on the side.

Simple recipe using mushrooms, bell peppers and black bean. If you don't have tortillas, tortilla chips are great as well.

4. Mango Avocado Salad

This salad is light, flavorful, and very versatile. The recipe is super basic, so you can keep it that way, or you can get creative and add whatever you have on hand. Some fresh basil and lemon juice or lime juice in the dressing, for instance, would enhance the sweetness of the mango. The addition of the shrimp will bring a delightfully crunchy texture. You could even swap out the dried cranberries for blueberries or pomegranate seeds.

5. Chow Mein

Ramen noodles with broccoli, bell pepper, carrot, onion and spices with chopsticks on side

This recipe is packed with lots of healthy veggies like onion, beans, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, water chestnuts, and tonnes of flavor. You can leave it as a vegetarian dish or add a protein like fried shrimp to the mix.

6. Spanish Rice

yellow rice in tomato sauce topped with parsley leaves in a blue plate

Some fried shrimp served atop a bed of Spanish rice is an easy and fulfilling meal. If you don't like it spicy, just remove the green chile peppers.

Complete the look with a little lime crema drizzled on top. Chefs kiss.

7. Pesto Pasta

penne pasta with peso sauce and parsley leaf on top in a gray bowl

This tasty pasta recipe features a light pesto sauce and sundried tomatoes. The addition of the shrimp will transport your tastebuds to the Mediterranean.

Use your favorite pasta or make your own with this simple pasta recipe. If you don't have a pasta machine, a rolling pin and a little elbow grease will do the trick.

8. Corn on the Cob

Two ears of corn topped with cheese, salt and chopped parsley on a cutter board

Corn on the cob and fried shrimp just sounds like some straight-up American comfort food. Add salt, butter, minced garlic, thyme and parmesan cheese and get the perfect side dish.

This Thanksgiving Corn-on-the-cob recipe even pays homage to a great American holiday steeped in comfort food classics.

It's just too good to only serve with turkey!

9. French Fries

Simple side dish you can make using your Instant Pot or any other way. All you need is potatoes, salt and pepper.

Looking for more? Add paprika or garlic powder to the mix.

10. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

A traditional scalloped potato dish is made with sliced potatoes, layered in a casserole dish, and baked with lots of heavy cream and herbs, while a traditional au gratin dish layers cheese in between the potatoes. This recipe combines the best of both worlds, delivering a decadent, cheesy, creamy side dish to serve with tempura shrimp.

11. Chickpea Curry

Chickpea curry with kale, okra, corn, bell peppers and spices in brown bowl

This is another vegetarian option that you can choose to serve with or without some added protein, like fried shrimp, chicken, or beef.

12. Chopped Wedge Salad

Wedge salads are typically quite hearty on their own. With the addition of some fried shrimp, you can turn this salad into a satisfying and healthy meal. Feel free to add your favorite vegetables to the mix. If you don't have blue cheese, you can use feta cheese instead.

13. Dirty Rice

This Creole classic already has pork sausage in it. However, if there is one thing I know about Southern food, it's that you can't go wrong with more meat, so ahead and add some fried shrimp.

If this does sound like too much meat for you, then you can simply omit the sausage and top the dirty rice with the shrimp.

14. Cocktail Sauce

Of course, I can't feature a shrimp recipe and not have a great cocktail sauce recipe to go along with it. That would be anarchy. Check out this easy recipe for a quick and fresh sauce that you can whip up at home.

15. Zucchini Alfredo

Zucchini noodles topped with melted cheese and ground pepper on blue bowl

Love a heaping pile of fettuccini alfredo but don't love the way you feel after consuming said heap? Yeah, me neither. That's why I started making my alfredo with zucchini noodles aka zoodles instead. It's a healthy and low-carb alternative to pasta and it's super easy to make!

You still get that same creamy, delicious alfredo sauce, but the noodles are super good for you and won't weigh you down. Top this dish off with some fried shrimp for a new take on shrimp alfredo.

Best Side Dishes For Fried Shrimp

  • Jambalaya
  • Tartar Sauce
  • Mushroom Tacos
  • Mango Avocado Salad
  • Chow Mein
  • Spanish Rice
  • Pesto Pasta
  • Corn on the Cob
  • French Fries
  • Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
  • Chickpea Curry
  • Chopped Wedge Salad
  • Dirty Rice
  • Cocktail Sauce
  • Zucchini Alfredo

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fried shrimp side dishes

What to Serve With Fried Shrimp

A selection of tasty side dishes to serve with your favorite fried shrimp recipe
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Course: dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fried Shrimp, Fried Shrimp Side Dishes, What to Serve with Fried Shrimp
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Corrie


  • 1 Fried Shrimp


  • Prepare your favorite fried shrimp recipe.
  • Select your favorite recipe from the list above and make it as well. You can choose between jambalaya, tartar sauce, mushroom tacos, mango avocado salad, chow mein, spanish rice, pesto pasta, corn on the cob, cheesy scalloped potatoes, chickpea currey, chopped wedge salad, dirty rice, cocktail sauce, or zucchini alfredo and prepare.
  • Serve together and enjoy!
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