Easy Baked Shrimp

The best easy way to cook shrimp? Roasted in the oven! This baked shrimp comes out tender and juicy, perfectly seasoned with garlic and herbs.

Baked shrimp

Oops, we accidentally found a new favorite way to cook shrimp: baked shrimp! Shrimp is a big favorite around here: it’s delicious, a healthy lean protein, and so fast to cook. Alex and my usual tried and true way to cook it is this sauteed garlic shrimp. But the other day we thought: if the best way to cook vegetables is roasted, why not try roasted shrimp? Turns out this method is so easy it’s almost no fail, and the shrimp come out juicy and perfectly seasoned. With a spritz of lemon, it’s the perfect healthy, fast and easy dinner…which is what we all need these days.

Baked shrimp in 5 minutes!

Baked shrimp could not be simpler. The only hard part is waiting for the oven to preheat. After that: it’s just about 5 minutes in a hot oven. The exact timing will depend on the size of your shrimp and whether the shell is on or off. Here are a few pointers for making this roasted shrimp:

  • Use any size of shrimp. Just keep in mind the cook time will vary based on the size. Bake the shrimp 4 to 6 minutes until its opaque.
  • Use shrimp in the shell or peeled. Baking your shrimp with the shell on will be the juiciest, but it’s delicious with the shell off too! This also affects the cooking time.
  • Check and assess doneness. Pull the pan from the oven and assess doneness. You can always cook more: but you can’t undo overcooking it!
Baked shrimp

Seasonings for baked shrimp

This recipe uses simple seasonings, but they taste simply perfect. The combination of garlic and herbs takes succulent shrimp to new heights. Here’s what we used in addition to salt and pepper:

  • Garlic (grated with a microplane)
  • Dried oregano
  • Onion powder
  • Fresh lemon juice (after baking)
  • Fresh cilantro (after baking)

Variations and add-ins!

Of course, there are lots of other ways to season baked shrimp! Here are some more ideas on adders that would step up this dish — or alternative ways to season:

  • Feta crumbles. Top with feta for a Mediterranean or Greek-style vibe.
  • Cilantro lime. Switch out oregano for cumin and lemon juice for lime. (See also Cilantro Lime Shrimp.)
  • Curry powder or paste. Heighten the flavors by stirring in curry powder or curry paste to taste (skip the oregano).
Roasted shrimp

How to serve baked shrimp

Make it a meal! All you need to dress up this shrimp are some veggies, a grain, or a salad. Here are our top recommendations:

How to thaw shrimp

Fresh vs frozen shrimp: which to use?

You can use either fresh or frozen for this roasted shrimp recipe. Frozen shrimp is obviously very convenient! But is it as high quality? Actually, yes:

  • Both fresh and frozen shrimp work! A myth about fish is that “fresh is best,” but frozen isn’t necessarily lower quality. In fact, it might be higher.
  • Why? As soon as an animal dies it begins to decompose; freezing suspends this process. If a fish is frozen when it was caught and stays frozen until it gets to your kitchen, it will be higher quality than a raw fish that has taken a week to get to your plate.

Want to know the best way to defrost shrimp? Go to How to Thaw Shrimp.

This baked shrimp recipe is…

Pescatarian, gluten-free and dairy-free.

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Baked shrimp

Easy Baked Shrimp


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

The best easy way to cook shrimp? Roasted in the oven! This baked shrimp comes out tender and juicy, perfectly seasoned with garlic and herbs.


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp, deveined (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Lemon wedges
  • Chopped parsley or cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fareneheit.
  2. If frozen, thaw the shrimp (see the notes above).
  3. Pat the shrimp dry.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the shrimp to the sheet and toss with the olive oil, grate on the garlic, and add the oregano, onion powder, and kosher salt. Toss until fully combined, breaking up any clumps of grated garlic (which can tend to stick together).
  5. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake until juicy and opaque, about 4 to 6 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp and whether it’s peeled or unpeeled (very large shrimp with the shell on as shown take 6 minutes).
  6. Spritz with fresh lemon juice from lemon wedges, sprinkle with chopped parsley or cilantro, and serve immediately.

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

Keywords: Baked shrimp, Roasted shrimp

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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