Costco panko shrimp are breaded shrimp perfect for any occasion, from a little self-indulgence to a fun gathering or a fancy dining experience. Since they come ungarnished, they offer millions of pairing possibilities, which I know can sometimes be problematic. So, I find it very useful when I have my options narrowed down, which is why I want to share my wisdom with you.
These serving suggestions will make your panko shrimp meal go from just a meal to an experience! And don’t worry, if you’re not a fan of something on the list, there are plenty of other options. So, what to serve with Costco panko shrimp?
Grilled veggies are super complementary to Costco panko shrimp. If you bake your shrimp, grilled veggies work even better. I like to grill some zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and onions, but you can grill whatever you like.
The crispy and coarse-textured shrimp go excellent with the soft and gentle veggies. This texture contrast will further enhance the flavors making your meal taste even more delicious.
When it comes to serving shrimp in any shape, rice is the most apparent pairing option. Serve your Costco panko shrimp on a bed of rice or have the rice on the side. You can drizzle some soy sauce over the rice or season it with balsamic glaze for an extra layer of flavor.
I like my panko shrimp with fried rice, but plain rice also works great. Still, if you use plain rice, make sure you give it enough flavor by seasoning. The shrimp, although very flavorful, won’t give enough flavor to the rice, so you need to compensate for it.
A green salad will always do the trick. If you want extra flavor and crunch in your meal, chop lettuce, rocket, cucumber, and cabbage and season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. This salad will give you a more refreshing sensation making your meal more fun and nutritious.
Another salad you can try, and this one is my favorite, is a spinach-avocado-and-peanut salad. Just chop the spinach, slice the avocado, and mix it with peanuts and balsamic glaze or a dash of lemon juice. Add salt and oil, and you have a delicious salad in under five minutes.
You can add walnuts to both of these salads for extra crunch and flavor.
If you want to turn your Costco panko shrimp meal into a fast-food experience, you must give French fries a chance. It may not be the healthiest option on this list, but it sure is delicious.
I like this combo with tartar sauce, tzatziki, or plain mayo if I don’t have time for anything fancier. This is a perfect idea for a movie snack or a conversation nibbler.
I can’t talk about Costco panko shrimp without mentioning coleslaw. The delicious umami cabbage is one of my favorite pairings for Costco panko shrimp. The crispy shrimp exterior creates a delightful contrast with the soft and zesty coleslaw.
Also, the shrimp are delicious, but gentle-flavored, so a little edge is always welcome to make things more interesting.
If you decide to deep-fry your Costco panko shrimp, pair them with roasted veggies to make things easier on the palate. Deep-frying hardens the exterior of the shrimp, and a softer and gentle-textured side is a much-needed pair for this dish.
I like mixing things up and roasting potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, and tomatoes. After roasting them, I place them on a large plate and gently press the veggies with a fork. With each bite, I take as many veggies as my fork can hold, and I stick a piece of shrimp, making a tiny skewer.
You can season the veggies with salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika. Of course, add whichever spices you like most, but I’d recommend you stay away from rosemary.
Corn on the Cob
You can often see shrimp served with corn on the cob, especially in Louisiana cuisine, and if you are a fan of a crawfish boil, you will definitely like this idea. Just throw a few corn cobs on the grill or in the pot and grill or boil them.
Once they are done, place a piece of butter on the cob and let it melt. This buttery delicacy is a meal in itself, but when you combine it with Costco panko shrimp, you won’t believe how delicious a meal you’ll get.
For this combo, I’d recommend you bake the shrimp so that they have a slightly softer exterior.
Garlic bread is more than enough to level up your Costco panko shrimp if you don’t feel like going the extra mile for a good meal. You can either make your own garlic bread from scratch or just blend some butter and garlic and spread it onto the bread you already have at home, pop it in the oven, and you’re done.
Since you will have a dry side, I recommend you make some sauce for your shrimp. Something in the realm of tomato sauces would be more than appropriate; even plain ketchup would do nicely here.
Although last on our list, steamed veggies are definitely an option you would want to explore. I like to pair my Costco panko shrimp with steamed carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower and throw a few olives when they are done.
The soft texture of the steamed veggies is a perfect companion to deep-fried shrimp, so if you choose this pair, go with deep-frying. You can slap some sauce, too; mayo and sour cream work best for me, but feel free to choose the ones you like best.