Healthy Shrimp Rolls are a delightful twist on Lobster Rolls but without the fuss and expense of cooking lobster. They are filled with familiar flavors like shrimp, celery, green onions, lemon, and Old Bay. Instead of mayonnaise, my version has a healthy twist and is made with greek yogurt. This 10-minute, New England Style Healthy Shrimp Roll recipe is one you'll want to enjoy all summer long.
Shrimp Rolls - Healthy & Fresh!
If you haven't tried Shrimp Rolls yet, you are missing out. They are made with the same exact ingredients as your favorite Lobster Roll but swapped out with easier-to-cook and less expensive shrimp. The flavors of cooked shrimp, lemon, and old bay instantly transport you to your favorite summer beach spot.
My inspiration for this Shrimp Roll recipe came from the time we ordered Lobster Rolls from Maine. They were surprisingly easy to put together... celery, lemon, Old Bay, and just enough mayo to make it creamy. They were sinfully good and stayed on my mind. Since shipping lobster from Maine isn't something we do every week, I decided to make a more economical version of the roll with shrimp. And since I was creating my recipe for a healthy weekday meal, I knew I had to make my favorite healthy swap... greek yogurt for mayonnaise.
The result is a Healthy Shrimp Rolls recipe that is mayo-free AND takes less than 10 minutes to make!
What is a Shrimp Roll made of?
A Shrimp Roll is traditionally made of the same ingredients found in lobster rolls including mayo, lemon, old bay, clergy, and onions. It's all tossed together and served on a buttered bun.
My version is a Healthy Shrimp Roll with all of those ingredients but I swap out greek yogurt for mayo.
Here's why you'll love this Healthy Shrimp Rolls recipe...
- This Shrimp Rolls recipe takes no joke just 10 minutes to make. It's also super easy to assemble on a warm summer night!
- Pre-cooked shrimp is usually pretty economical and much more reasonable than lobster to buy. Plus, they still taste pretty darn amazing.
- To make this easy Healthy Shrimp Rolls recipe healthier I used plain greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. I like to use the thickest type I can find for recipes like this. Some shrimp roll recipes have more than a cup mayonaise in them, so this is a great healthy swap.
- Traditionally Lobster Rolls buns are buttered, but I skipped that step to keep this version lighter.
- Each Shrimp Roll is only 220 calories. They are so good and light, you can eat two!
- You can make the filling ahead of time for a party.
- This recipe is pescatarian.
- Shrimp: The trick to making this recipe in under 10 minutes is to use those pre-cooked shrimp you find in the frozen section of the store. I normally buy raw shrimp, but the cooked ones are perfect for these rolls. Buy medium-sized ones that are already peeled. If you can't find any without the tail, they are pretty easy to remove. Thaw out the shrimp overnight in the fridge or put them under a colander with cold water. Pat the shrimp dry before using them. You can leave them whole for a prettier presentation or chop them into smaller bite-sized pieces for easier eating. 🙂 If you happen to have fresh raw shrimp, I'll include directions below on how to cook them.
- Greek Yogurt: Instead of mayo, I use a few tablespoons of plain greek yogurt. You can use low-fat or full-fat depending on your dietary preferences. Thicker greek yogurt works best here.
- Celery: Celery gives the shrimp roll that familiar crunch you get in a lot of Lobster Rolls. Use one stalk and carefully dice it into small cubes.
- Chives: I use fresh chives to bring some onion flavor to the mix. You can easily swap out green onions or scallions too.
- Lemon: Fresh lemon juice is a key flavor to seafood including shrimp.
- Old Bay: Old Bay is that quintessential spice you'll find served in beach restaurants serving seafood. It pairs perfectly with shrimp. It's available in most grocery stores in the spice section, but if you are having trouble finding it buy it here.
- Buns: You can use your favorite buns including top split buns, whole wheat buns, brioche buns, or just hot dog buns.
- Lettuce: I like to add some bibb leaf lettuce to my roll for some freshness, crunch, and additional nutrients.
- Kosher Salt & Black Pepper: To taste
- In a large bowl stir together the greek yogurt, celery, chives, and the juice from half of the lemon. Add part of the Old Bay. Start with less Old Bay and adjust to your personal taste. Salt and pepper to taste as well.
- Stir or toss your shrimp into the sauce.
- Toast the buns to a golden brown.
- Assemble your shrimp rolls by putting a bibb lettuce leaf in the bun.
- Divide the shrimp mixture into the four buns.
- Garnish with the rest of the lemon and serve immediately.
I love this Healthy Shrimp Rolls recipe as written, but here are some fun variations.
- Make it Indulgent: If you don't want or need a healthy dinner, butter the rolls and swap out your mayo for the greek yogurt.
- Make it Gluten Free: Use your favorite Gluten Free Buns.
- Mix Up the Herbs: You can also add chopped parsley or dill to the mix for a different taste.
- Add Other Condiments: Other tasty additions to this mix would be pickle relish, mustard, dijon mustard, or horseradish.
- Make Shrimp Salad: The shrimp mixture in this is basically a delicious shrimp salad. If you are wanting a low-carb meal, enjoy this with a lettuce wrap or over salad greens.
- Cook Your Own Shrimp: If you have raw or fresh shrimp, it's easy to cook them for this recipe. Boil them in a large pot of salted water seasoned with Old Bay for 3-5 minutes until they just start to curl and turn pink. You can also cook them in a single layer on a baking sheet in a 425-degree oven for 3-5 minutes. You can also cook them in a large skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Don't overcook the shrimp as they can quickly turn chewy.
Storage & Leftovers
You can store any assembled leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days. I would not recommend freezing this recipe. The thawed-out shrimp with greek yogurt on it would not thaw out well.
Can I make this with frozen shrimp?
Yes! Fresh shrimp is amazing and if you can get those great but if you are landlocked like I am, frozen shrimp are a great option. Keep a bag in a freezer and just thaw them out when you are ready to enjoy them. For the healthiest meal, do look for frozen shrimp that don't contain chemicals. Often shrimp is flash frozen on or right off the shrimp boats, so they are still very fresh and tasty.
Are shrimp healthy?
Yes! Shrimp are a wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, and iron. They are a low-calorie protein. One shrimp is only 7 calories with 1 gram of protein.
These Shrimp Rolls are the Perfect Healthy Summer Dinner!
These Shrimp Rolls are really the perfect healthy summer dinner. This recipe less than ten minutes to make and tastes like a fancy seafood restaurant. It's even easy enough for a weekday meal if you are longing for a taste of the beach.
Serve it with pickles, corn on the cob, and your favorite potato chips. I splurged for some salt and pepper kettle-cooked ones to really complete the meal. You can also serve it with any of these amazing summer side dishes below.
As always, I hope you enjoy this pescatarian recipe as much as my family does. I hope you enjoy this Healthy Shrimp Rolls recipe as much as we did! It's so delicious and no one knows how easy it is unless you tell them. 🙂
Serve it with:
- Greek Yogurt Potato Salad
- Cauliflower Potato Salad
- Healthy Cole Slaw
- Herb and Garlic Roasted Baby Potatoes
- Oven Baked Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges
- Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs
- Grilled Zucchini in Foil
- Summer Melon Salad
- Fresh Asparagus Salad
- Italian Pasta Salad
- Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad
More Healthy Shrimp Recipes to Try:
- 7 Ingredient Shrimp Pineapple Kabobs
- Buffalo Shrimp Kabobs
- Cajun Shrimp Pasta
- Sheet Pan Shrimp Terikyi
- Blackened Shrimp Tacos
- Shrimp Taco Bowls
- Shrimp Avocado Lime Salad
- Healthy No Clean Up Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets
- 15 Minute Sheet Pan Shrimp & Zoodles
Healthy Shrimp Rolls
- In a medium bowl, mix the shrimp, greek yogurt, celery, chives, the juice from half of the lemon and Old Bay in a small bowl until well coated. Start with less Old Bay and adjust to your personal taste. Salt and pepper to taste as well.
- Toast your buns.
- Assemble your shrimp rolls by putting a bibb lettuce leaf in the bun. Divide the shrimp mixture into the four buns.
- Garnish with the rest of the lemon and serve immediately.
Storage & LeftoversYou can store any assembled leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days. I would not recommend freezing this recipe. The thawed-out shrimp with greek yogurt on it would not thaw out well.
Instructions to Cook Your Own ShrimpIf you have raw or fresh shrimp, it's easy to cook them for this recipe. Boil them in water seasoned with Old Bay for 3-5 minutes until they just start to curl and turn pink. You can also cook them in a single layer on a baking sheet in a 425-degree oven for 3-5 minutes. Don't overcook the shrimp as they can quickly turn chewy.
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