This baked shrimp recipe is incredibly flavorful and easy to make; the shrimp is baked in Mediterranean tomato sauce and sprinkled with feta and parsley.

Baked shrimp recipe | Healthy baked shrimp | Shrimp with feta and tomatoes

Some of you may be surprised to see a non-plant based recipe on this blog. And for good reason: in 4 years of blogging, we’ve posted only a handful of recipes with fish or seafood. When we changed to eating a whole food plant based diet 6 years ago, we drastically limited the amount of meat in our diet — but we didn’t completely eliminate it. It’s a rather confusing concept to most people, who look at us quizzically when we say “We’re flexitarian!” Keep reading for this baked shrimp recipe, and more about being flexitarian.

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What is flexitarian?

What does flexitarian mean? To us, it means that we eat vegetarian or vegan most of the time, especially for the recipes we cook at home. However, when we’re out, or in the case of a special occasion, we’ll take the opportunity to eat meat if we’re in the mood. Generally we try to go for local, farm-raised meat, or sustainable seafood if it’s available.

We started this concept because we love the freedom in it. In the book we read that inspired us to eat this way (Food Matters), the author (Mark Bittman) intrigued us by urging readers to try cutting back on meat by eating meatless once or twice a week. Our health would benefit, the environment would benefit (from using less resources and not supporting factory farms), and we wouldn’t have to go cold turkey and instantly transform into granola-hippie-types. We tried it, loved it, and decided to go with a mostly plant based diet in our everyday eating.

Related: What’s a plant based diet?

Baked shrimp recipe | Healthy baked shrimp | Shrimp with feta and tomatoes

It’s a moderate way to approach food, and we love it. We also use this moderate concept for eating “all natural” food and sweets (though we stick to all natural food most of the time since it tastes so darn good). What about you — how do you approach food?

Making this baked shrimp recipe

This baked shrimp recipe is one we adapted from our friend Annie’s Eats. It is simple, straightforward and flavorful. We love the combination of the Mediterranean flavors of feta, garlic and parsley. If you can and your budget allows, find some high-quality wild shrimp. The healthy baked shrimp recipe is truly easy to make. Simmer a simple tomato sauce with onion and garlic, then add the shrimp and bake until pink and tender. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of fresh parsley!

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Baked shrimp recipe | Healthy baked shrimp | Shrimp with feta and tomatoes

Looking for more healthy seafood recipes?

Outside of this baked shrimp recipe, here are a few more healthy seafood recipes and fish recipes:

This recipe is…

This baked shrimp recipe is pescatarian, gluten free and keto.

Baked shrimp recipe | Healthy baked shrimp | Shrimp with feta and tomatoes
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Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta


  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This baked shrimp recipe is incredibly flavorful and easy to make; the shrimp is baked in Mediterranean tomato sauce and sprinkled with feta and parsley.


Ingredients

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  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 28-ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled, deveined and shells removed (thawed if frozen)
  • 2/3 cup feta crumbled cheese
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Finely dice the onion. Mince the garlic.
  3. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and cook until soft, 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds more. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and let the sauce simmer for 5 to 8 minutes, until the juices thicken a bit.
  4. While the vegetables cook, mince ¼ cup fresh parsley.
  5. Remove the sauce from the heat, and stir in the parsley, shrimp, feta cheese, kosher salt, and several grinds of fresh pepper.
  6. Place the skillet in the oven and bake until the shrimp are cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve immediately with bread, rice, quinoa, or couscous.

Notes

Adapted from Annie’s Eats (originally from Simply Recipes)

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Baked Shrimp, Baked Shrimp Recipe, Shrimp with Tomatoes, Seafood, Shrimp with Feta and Tomatoes, Healthy Baked Shrimp

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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22 Comments

  1. I totally agree with your flexitarian approach. I eat and cook mostly vegetarian food, but occasionally have some fish and meat. I believe we should all reduce our animal based protein consumption and I am so glad the path towards different eating habits has been developing so much. Yet as much as I do not like carnivores imposing meat on me, I also quite disagree with stronger advocates of other diets. Mutual respect it the key in everything to me. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

  2. This recipe looks so delicious!! I also love how you guys call yourselves “flexitarian”. Finally a word for it! I eat mostly vegetarian, but occasionally do eat meat and I do find it strange to explain that to people, but it’s what works for me! Now I have a word for it! And now matter what I call myself, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for shrimp. Yum :)

  3. This looks delicious, and I think it’s going to be making an appearance on my table soon! Question, though: where do you find your raw shrimp in Indianapolis? I’ve only really found any at Trader Joe’s, and that tends to be already seasoned.

  4. Hey, that sounds like a totally normal and healthy way to eat to me–maybe because it’s how I eat as well! (Mostly. There is pepperoni pizza every once in a while, is all I’m saying.) :) Anyway, these shrimp sound fantastic. Simple and delicious!

    1. Let us know if you try it! We’ve made it with chickpeas, but they lack a little of the seafood punch. And thanks, we love this dish! Unfortunately, we only have one that we found at an antique store :)

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