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How to Roast SHRIMP in the Oven {Super Easy!}

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Oven roasted shrimp is a recipe that is easy to prepare for a quick appetizer or dinner. Hot & juicy shrimp baked in the oven come out perfectly every time.  Enjoy with just salt & pepper, or serve with your favorite cocktail sauce! 

When we have last-minute guests or I'm looking for an easy dinner to get on the table quickly, I turn to one of my favorite ingredients- shrimp! 

If you are a fan of easy shrimp recipes, then you also have to try our surf and turf appetizer, garlic parm shrimp, shrimp and rice, and our recipe for teriyaki shrimp kebabs. All are delicious and can start with baking shrimp in the oven

Oven Roasted Shrimp

Tools Needed for Oven roasted shrimp

Whether you start with raw shrimp or already frozen shrimp, you will only need a few items to make this delicious baked shrimp. 

  • Sheet Pan: A simple baking sheet pan is all you need to bake shrimp. This can be a small or large sheet pan.
  • Colander: This will be very helpful if you're working with frozen shrimp and need to defrost quickly.
  • Toothpicks: If serving as an appetizer, toothpicks are really handy to have for your guests.
  • Serving Platter: Having a serving platter for hot juicy shrimp is all you need because they are baked! 
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Ingredients for baked shrimp

When it comes to recipe ingredients, this is probably one of the easiest lists you will find! 

  • Shrimp: I like to use Extra Jumbo, which is usually shrimp size 16/20 or Colossal shrimp size 13/15. The numbers mean how many pieces of shrimp you would find in the bag. This is true for both frozen cooked shrimp or frozen raw shrimp. 
  • Olive oil: I use California Brand olive oil because I like the taste. If you have another brand, use that! 
  • Salt & Pepper: The spice pair that goes into all cooking recipes! 

How to Bake Shrimp in Oven

We have a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post if you need this recipe in a hurry, however, I hope you will continue to read our helpful tips for how to bake shrimp in the oven

For this particular recipe: 

Start by preheating the oven to 450 degrees. 

If your shrimp are frozen, place in a colander under cold running water to defrost. This should take about 15 minutes. 

Make sure your shrimp are peeled and deveined. You can leave the tails on or take them off; this is totally your preference. When I serve this as an appetizer, I like to keep the tails on, but if I will use shrimp in a recipe, I will take them off. 

Place thawed shrimp in a single layer on your baking sheet

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

Place shrimp in the oven and bake for 8-9 minutes. They will be pink when cooked. 

oven roasted shrimp raw at first and then roasted in a hot fast oven creates the best shrimp cocktail around!

Oven Roasted Shrimp Perfect Party Food

Can oven-roasted shrimp be a substitute for the traditional cold shrimp cocktail? Absolutely!

Because this dish is cooked in the oven, it's a nice change of pace to surprise guests with a warm shrimp cocktail. In fact, our guests actually prefer the warm, oven-roasted method over the traditional cold shrimp cocktail recipe.

Something about hot shrimp makes one feel decadent and special, so this will always make an appearance on the New Year's Eve buffet table!

Shrimp on tray

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!

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. 

Oven roasted shrimp is the perfect way to prepare this tasty seafood staple from appetizer to tacos and any dish in between!

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 already cooked and 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.

Shrimp Cocktail Hilton

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. 

Other ways to serve baked shrimp

Oven-baked shrimp tastes delicious all on its own but you can also dress it up a little! Add different spices before baking and think about adding to your favorite main dishes too!  

  • Old Bay Seasoning: Try adding a bit of warm spice to your shrimp using Old Bay Seafood seasoning!
  • Lemon: Add a bit of lemon zest and or lemon juice for a pop of flavor! 
  • Salad: Add oven-roasted shrimp to your tossed green salad for added protein! Yum! 
  • Quesadillas: Layered shrimp, cheese, salsa, and guacamole would taste great on a flour tortilla!
  • Tacos: Taco Tuesday just got a bit tastier! Add your baked shrimp for a quick dinner!
  • PastaAdding seafood to pasta tastes amazing! Roasted shrimp tastes especially good in our Cacio e Pepe recipe. Add a bit of garlic, and it tastes like shrimp scampi! 
Roasted shrimp on sheet pan

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Yield: 15

Oven Roasted Shrimp

Oven roasted shrimp is the perfect way to prepare this tasty seafood staple from appetizer to tacos and any dish in between!

Easy Oven roasted shrimp is delicious served as an appetizer or to add to any dish calling for cooked shrimp. Simple ingredients for baked shrimp will make this your go-to recipe for any occasion.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz. bag Frozen Extra Large Jumbo Shrimp
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Thaw shrimp according to package directions. Peel & devein if necessary. Leave tails on or take off completely; your preference.
  3. Place on a sheet pan in one layer, giving enough space on pan.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over top of shrimp, then salt and pepper.
  5. Place in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes, just until pink and firm.
  6. Serve with your favorite cocktail sauce or add to any dish calling for cooked shrimp.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4-8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 33Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 593mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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Original post: 2/2/19

Updated post: 6/3/20

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William

Tuesday 30th of March 2021

Simple and excellent! FYI, the number on shrimp is not the number in the bag. The numbers tell you how many shrimp are in a pound. Great recipe.

Kelly Pugliano

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Yes, you are correct. Thanks, William, I'm glad you liked the recipe!

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