Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil in Oven

Want a shrimp boil recipe that’s easy enough for a weeknight? Bake it! This sheet pan shrimp boil in oven is simple to make and has serious flavor.

Shrimp Boil in Oven | Sheet pan shrimp boil

I still remember my first shrimp boil. Raised in the heart of the Midwest, it wasn’t until adulthood that I got to experience it. The paper on the table, the jumble of Old Bay-spiced shrimp and potatoes, all the guests eating with their fingers as the sky began to darken: it was magic. Ever since, the shrimp boil has held my heart. We’ve made it for festive occasions, birthdays and weddings and family vacations at the lake. So why not harness the magic of the shrimp boil for an every day meal? This sheet pan shrimp boil in oven is an easy way to make it on a weeknight: no large pot or fire required! Keep reading for how to do it.

Shrimp boil in oven

How to make a shrimp boil in oven

The concept of a shrimp boil in the oven is just that! Instead of boiling the veggies and shrimp, you’ll bake them on a sheet pan with olive oil and some tasty seasonings. Like many sheet pan dinners, this requires starting the longest cooking vegetable in the oven first: in this case, the potatoes. You’ll bake, then add the corn to the same sheet, bake some more, and then add the shrimp.

To make this sheet pan shrimp boil as easy as possible, you’ll mix the potatoes in a bowl with the seasonings, then use the same seasonings and same bowl to mix the corn. Then you’ll use the same bowl and seasonings to mix up the shrimp! So you’ll only dirty one bowl in the process: and you can start to memorize the seasoning mix too.

Here’s how to make a sheet pan shrimp boil in oven (see the full recipe below):

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Mix the potatoes with the olive oil and seasonings (Old Bay seasoning, coriander, dill, salt and pepper). Place on two parchment lined baking sheets and bake 10 minutes.
  • In the same bowl, mix the corn with the olive oil and seasonings. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and add the corn. Bake for 12 minutes.
  • In the same bowl, mix the shrimp with the olive oil and seasonings. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and add the shrimp. Bake for 10 minutes.

And that’s it! What results is a shrimp boil full of oven-roasted goodness. The veggies have browned and caramelized goodness, salty and seasoned with the nuance of cozy Old Bay seasoning. And the shrimp are perfectly tender.

Shrimp boil in oven

How to serve a sheet pan shrimp boil

Once you’ve made a shrimp boil in the oven: how to serve it? Do not even think about using plates and silverware! They’re strictly forbidden here! If you’d like to serve it like a traditional low country shrimp boil, you can spread butcher paper of newspaper over your table. Then pour the shrimp boil goodness right onto the paper. Enjoy by eating with your hands! And of course have lots of napkins handy nearby.

You also can allow the baking sheets to cool off, and serve directly from the cooled baking sheets. Or serve on a large platter.

This recipe is perfect for a family dinner idea on a weeknight, or special enough for entertaining, paired with our smash hit Easy Vegan Cornbread.

Sheet pan shrimp boil

Side dishes to serve with a shrimp boil

When we made this shrimp boil in the oven, we served it as a special meal for my teen refugee mentee from Congo. It was perfect for a late summer meal on the patio, and a fun way to build our relationship! We researched side dishes to serve with a shrimp boil and came up pretty short. Most side dishes require a plate, which ruins the vibe.

Since we were feeling creatively uninpsired, we decided to just skip side dishes and go with dessert instead! So we served this shrimp boil followed by our Classic Strawberry Shortcake. It was the perfect carefree ending to a festive meal.

Serving this sheet pan shrimp boil with cornbread or bread seem like good options: do you have ideas on side dishes that would work? (Let us know in the comments below.)

Shrimp boil in oven

What type of shrimp to use?

For this shrimp boil in oven recipe, we recommend using large shrimp with the tail on for the best presentation. We used the size 16 to 20 count, which are quite large. We’d suggest buying shrimp with the shell on that is already deveined. Then you can remove the shell after cooking the shrimp, but leave the tail on. (If your shrimp are not deveined, here’s How to Devein Shrimp.)

What about fresh or frozen shrimp? Either fresh or frozen works for this recipe! A myth about fish is that “fresh is best.” However, frozen shrimp can be higher quality than raw fish because freezing suspends the decomposing process. Also, the shelf-life of fresh shrimp is only a few days, but frozen shrimp lasts for several weeks.

If you use frozen shrimp for this recipe, here’s how to thaw frozen shrimp:

  • Place the frozen shrimp in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Or,
  • On the day of serving, place the frozen shrimp into a bowl with cold water. Let a small trickle of cold water run into the bowl to keep the water moving. The shrimp should defrost in about 15 minutes.
Sheet pan shrimp boil in oven

A note on sustainable shrimp

Are you looking at buying sustainable shrimp for this shrimp boil in the oven? (If so, kudos!) Here are a few pointers for buying sustainable seafood:

  • Look for wild-caught fish if possible. If you live in the US, look for US caught if you can. 90% of the seafood we eat in the US is imported. Imported seafood runs the risk of being overfished, caught under unfair labor practices, or farmed in environmentally harmful ways.
  • How your fish is caught matters. Look for hook and line as one example of a sustainable gear type. Bottom trawling is considered the most destructive and least sustainable method.

This recipe is…

This sheet pan shrimp boil in the oven is pescatarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

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Shrimp boil in oven

Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil in Oven


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Want a shrimp boil recipe that’s easy enough for a weeknight? Bake it! This sheet pan shrimp boil in oven is simple to make and has serious flavor.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds small red potatoes
  • 4 large ears corn
  • 2 pounds large raw shrimp, shell on and deveined (thawed)
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 6 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning, divided
  • 3 teaspoons dried dill, divided
  • 1 1/2  teaspoon ground coriander, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • Black pepper
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • Finely chopped parsley or chives, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the potatoes in half (or into bite-sized pieces if using larger potatoes). Shuck the corn and cut it into 2-inch pieces.
  3. Place the potatoes in a large bowl and stir them together with: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons Old Bay, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon dried dill, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and several grinds black pepper. Spread potatoes face down on the baking sheets and bake 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in the same bowl stir together the corn with (same as last time!): 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons Old Bay, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon dried dill, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and several grinds black pepper. Remove the baking sheet from oven and flip the potatoes. Add the corn and bake an additional 12 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in the same bowl stir together the thawed shrimp with (here we go again!): 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon Old Bay, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon dried dill, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and several grinds black pepper. Remove the sheet from the oven and turn the corn. Add the shrimp and bake an additional 10 minutes until shrimp is cooked through.
  6. Serve garnished with chopped parsley or chives, and a hearty squeeze from the lemon wedges. Allow to cool slightly. If desired, spread butcher paper or newspaper over your table and pour the shrimp boil on top — or serve right from the cooled baking sheets or a large platter. Enjoy by eating with your hands!

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

Keywords: Shrimp Boil in Oven, Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

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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.

1 Comment

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    Sabrina
    August 24, 2019 at 10:20 am

    nice dish, or pan! Love all of these ingredients and one pan makes it so easy, thank you

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