Easy Shrimp and Rice Recipes for an Alpha Gal’s Kitchen

Craving a delicious dinner that's alpha-gal friendly and packed with protein? Look no further than these shrimp and rice recipes! From spicy curries to creamy risottos, this mouthwatering roundup has a shrimp and rice dish for every craving.

The information provided on this site is based on my personal experience living with alpha-gal syndrome. I consistently cite and link to expert sources, but nothing published on this site should be perceived as medical advice.

Alpha-gal sensitivities vary by person. You should understand your dietary restrictions, making any adjustments needed, and directing any questions to your physician.

When alpha-gal turned my world upside down, I started eating a lot more shrimp. Whether I need fresh shrimp or frozen shrimp, small shrimp or jumbo shrimp, I can buy it at a great price at Costco. I always keep a 2-lb bag of shrimp stashed away in my freezer. They defrost in a jiffy, making shrimp and rice recipes a breeze for easy weeknight cooking. 

One of my favorite ways to eat shrimp is with rice. It’s the perfect partner for soaking up shrimp’s buttery flavors and a dish’s delicious sauces. Whether we’re talking spicy Thai curries, creamy Italian risottos, fried rice, or loaded taco bowls, the dynamic duo of shrimp and rice is an alpha-gal friendly winner in my (cook) book!

    

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Shrimp is a Protein-Packed, Alpha-Gal Friendly Ingredient

When alpha-gal removes all mammalian meat from your diet, shrimp can be a shellfish savior. With approximately 20 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving, shrimp is a good alpha-gal friendly animal protein. It’s an excellent source of vitamin B12, an essential nutrient that alpha gals sometimes lack, and it adds calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and selenium to your diet.

In addition to its nutritional value, shrimp offers versatility in the kitchen that not all proteins can match. As Bubba Blue explains in great detail in the movie Forrest Gump, there’s barbeque shrimp, boiled shrimp, baked shrimp, sauteed shrimp, and so much more! 

Variety of rice grains in wooden scoops and a bowl on a ceramic plate, surrounded by dried plants.
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Rice as a Partner to Your Protein

But just as the students at Hogwarts must pick the proper spell for the situation, you’ll need the right type of rice for each shrimp and rice recipe.

A long-grain rice like basmati rice or jasmine rice is a good choice for making shrimp fried rice. Its slightly sticky texture and subtle floral fragrance are perfect for the dish. If you make shrimp curry soup, you’ll want the nutty flavor of brown rice to soak up the savory flavors. And when it’s time for something creamy, like shrimp risotto, arborio rice is the move. Its high starch content releases slowly, delivering the irresistibly creamy texture that makes risotto a deliciously comforting dish.

Shrimp and Rice Recipes

Whether you’re craving bold, global flavors or rich, comforting classics, this mouthwatering lineup of shrimp and rice recipes is sure to satisfy. Get ready to dig into these delightful dishes that prove that shrimp and rice are a culinary match made in heaven!

NOTE: Because the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports that most people with alpha-gal can tolerate “moderate, lean dairy,” some of the recipes below may include butter, cheese, or another dairy product. If you are an alpha gal who avoids dairy, please make a dairy-free substitution. From vegan butter to plant milk cheeses, Miyoko’s is one of my favorite brands. And, even if you can tolerate dairy, I recommend that alpha gals stick with vegetarian cheese.

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Sauteed Shrimp with Coconut Aminos
Cooking in the Keys

Sauteed Shrimp with Coconut Aminos

Whip up a quick and healthy dinner with this sautéed shrimp recipe. Ready in just 15 minutes, it combines the light, savory flavors of coconut aminos with butter, lemon, and a hint of sesame for a delicious meal.
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Easy Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry Soup
Haute and Healthy Living

Easy Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry Soup

Take your taste buds on a trip to Thailand with this easy Thai shrimp coconut curry soup. Ready in under an hour, it combines creamy coconut milk with the intense flavors of red curry paste, fresh ginger, and lime with tender shrimp.
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3

Shrimp Taco Bowl
Moderately Messy RD

Shrimp Taco Bowl

This shrimp taco bowl combines seasoned shrimp with cilantro lime rice and your favorite taco toppings for an alpha-gal friendly, Mexican-inspired feast at home. Top it off with a delightful Greek yogurt avocado cream for a fast and easy weeknight meal.
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Garlicky Shrimp Fried Rice
Garlic All Day

Garlicky Shrimp Fried Rice

If you like garlic, you’ll love this garlic shrimp fried rice featuring a whole head of garlic and succulent shrimp. It comes together in just 30 minutes and has so much garlicky goodness you won’t have to worry about vampires for quite some time.
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Thai Basil Fried Rice
Savory Sweet Spoon

Thai Basil Fried Rice

Preparing dinner doesn’t get much faster than this quick and aromatic Thai basil fried rice. Ready in just 12 minutes, it combines shrimp, eggs, and a medley of fresh vegetables with the authentic flavor of Thai basil.
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Skillet Shrimp with Honey Garlic Sauce
Little Black Skillet

Skillet Shrimp with Honey Garlic Sauce

This dish delivers a burst of sweet and garlicky flavors with shrimp cooked in a homemade honey garlic sauce. Serve it with fluffy rice for a simple weeknight dinner. You can also switch things up by substituting chicken breast or chicken thighs for the shrimp.
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Shrimp Rice Bowl
The Forked Spoon

Shrimp Rice Bowl

Quick, nutritious, and flavorful, this shrimp rice bowl is your ticket to a satisfying meal in just 30 minutes. It features large, juicy shrimp and a rainbow of vegetables like bell peppers and chard, all on a bed of brown rice with a spicy Asian sauce. It’s a delightful way to pack in protein and greens!
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8

Hot Honey Shrimp
Babaganoush

Hot Honey Shrimp

Turn up the heat with this hot honey shrimp. It’s a perfect blend of sweet and spicy, ready in just 10 minutes. Serve the shrimp over rice, tuck them into tacos, or nibble on them as an impressive appetizer.
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Lemon Shrimp Risotto
Champagne Tastes

Lemon Shrimp Risotto

Made with seafood broth or vegetable broth and dairy-free, this lemon shrimp risotto captures the essence of Italian coastal cuisine. Add saffron or roe for an additional burst of flavor and color.
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What is Your Favorite Alpha-Gal Friendly Shrimp and Rice Dish?

Do you love shrimp? What are your favorite shrimp and rice recipes? Share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments section below.

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1 thought on “Easy Shrimp and Rice Recipes for an Alpha Gal’s Kitchen”

  1. Tried the Easy Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry Soup and it turned out really well. It was creamy, spicy and really delicious. Yummm! I’ll definitely try the other recipes, starting with the Thai Basil Fried Rice next time.

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