When we have last-minute guests or I'm looking for an easy dinner to get on the table quick, I turn to one of my favorite recipes I keep in my back pocket – Easy Oven Roasted Shrimp.
I feel kind of like Bubba when it comes to all the ways I've prepared shrimp. They all have been tasty, but no recipe can hold a candle to this simple way to bake and enjoy shrimp.
Easy Oven Roasted Shrimp is “Just That Easy!”
One of my favorite all-time recipes was found while searching through my Ina Garten cookbooks. It was so life-changing, I've prepared shrimp this way ever since.
Can Shrimp Made in Oven Be Substituted for Cold Shrimp Cocktail?
Can oven-roasted shrimp be a substitute for the traditional cold shrimp cocktail? Absolutely!
In fact, our guests actually prefer the warm oven-roasted method over the traditional cold recipe.
Something about it makes one feel decadent and special, so this will always make an appearance on the New Year's Eve buffet table!
The best part of this shrimp recipe? You only need shrimp, olive oil, salt & pepper; and that's it!
Oven Roasted Shrimp Perfect Party Food
No need to create a mess with a glass bowl full of ice cubes.
When making this recipe, I use one of two available sizes in the extra-large shrimp category. In the freezer section, search for either Extra Jumbo, which is usually size 16/20 or Colossal size 13/15 to create a filling appetizer.
The numbers indicate the approximate count of shrimp you will have in each bag.
Taking this dish to a party? I like to transport it in my Pyrex Insulated dish because it stays warm for a long time!
Rarely will you have any leftovers!
You can easily double this recipe or use any size shrimp you like, just adjust cooking time accordingly.
Top 4 Questions We are Asked About How to Make Shrimp in the Oven
1. Can you bake shrimp?
The easy answer is yes, and it's delicious!
2. How long to bake shrimp at 400?
Making shrimp in the oven is easy! Place thawed shrimp in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake 8-10 minutes.
When shrimp are pink, they are done.
3. How long to bake shrimp at 375?
Same answer as above, only cooking time will be a little longer due to decreased temperature. Cook time should be 10-12 minutes.
When shrimp are pink, they are done.
4. Can you cook frozen shrimp in the oven?
This answer is two-fold. Frozen shrimp comes either raw or cooked. Both will need to be thawed before cooking.
You can defrost overnight in the fridge, or place in a colander under cold running water for about 15-20 minutes.
Be sure to stir to break up any sticking.
Raw shrimp can be cooked according to the directions above.
Cooked shrimp will only take 5-8 minutes, depending on the oven temperature.
Cooked shrimp only needs to be reheated, so do not leave in for too long or it will become rubbery.
Try this for your next gathering or recipe that calls for cooked shrimp! You'll be the hit of the party! *This recipe is adapted from Ina Garten's recipe found in her cookbook Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics.
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How to Make Oven Roasted Shrimp
Here is a printable version for our recipe.
- 1 16 oz. bag Frozen Extra Large Jumbo Shrimp
- 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Thaw shrimp according to package directions. Peel & devein if necessary. Leave tails on or take off completely; your preference.
- Place on a sheet pan in one layer, giving enough space on pan.
- Drizzle olive oil over top of shrimp, then salt and pepper.
- Place in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes, just until pink and firm.
- Serve with your favorite cocktail sauce or add to any dish calling for cooked shrimp.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 33 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 593mg Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g