The Easiest Way To Cook Shrimp!

The easiest way to cook shrimp — pop it in the oven!  This delicious baked shrimp recipe is always a winner, it only takes 10 minutes total, and it’s easy to customize with whatever seasonings you love.

Oven Baked Shrimp Recipe | The easiest way to cook shrimp!

Alright, after talking last week about how to bake chicken, pork and steak in the oven, we’re moving on in our series this week to the world of baked seafood and tofu.  Beginning today with what is quite possibly the easiest recipe in the world…

…baked shrimp. 

A few weeks ago on Instagram, I shared a quick tutorial in my stories about how to cook shrimp in the oven.  And tons of you reported back that you gave it a try for yourselves and couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was.  Which is precisely why I’m such a big fan of this method!

Baking (or technically, broiling) shrimp is by far the easiest and quickest and most reliable way I know to cook shrimp.  An entire batch can be ready to go in less than 10 minutes from start to finish.  The shrimp are always perfectly cooked, with a bit of crisp on the outside, yet still nice and tender inside.  You can use this method to make a small or huge batch of shrimp.  And — as has been the case with all of the proteins in this series — this method is totally versatile when it comes to flavor, so you can can add in whatever seasonings or marinades you prefer.

Trust me.  If you love shrimp, you’ve gotta give this one a try.

Raw Shrimp Prep | Baked Shrimp Recipe

Baked Shrimp Ingredients:

To make this baked shrimp recipe, you will need:

  • Raw shrimp: Ideally large or extra-large shrimp, de-veined and peeled (tails on or off).  If you have purchased frozen shrimp, be sure to thaw it completely before cooking.
  • Oil: Whatever your preferred high-heat cooking oil may be.  I like to use avocado oil for this recipe.
  • Seasonings: I usually just use a generous sprinkle of Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper.  But feel free to add in whatever other dry seasonings you prefer.

Oven Broiled Shrimp | The easiest method for how to cook shrimp!

How To Cook Shrimp In The Oven:

To bake shrimp in the oven, simply:

  1. Pat the shrimp dry.  Blot with some paper towels to remove any excess moisture, especially if your shrimp were frozen and have just been thawed.
  2. Toss with oil.  Toss with oil until the shrimp are evenly coated, either in a mixing bowl or just directly on the baking sheet.
  3. Arrange on the baking sheet.  It’s essential that the shrimp are in an even layer (no overlapping) for even cooking.
  4. Season.  I typically just sprinkle my shrimp with Kosher salt and lots of freshly-cracked black pepper (plus maybe a bit of garlic powder).  But feel free to add any other dry seasonings that you might prefer.
  5. Broil. Then, just pop the baking sheet into the oven and broil for 2 minutes, or until the shrimp are a bright reddish-pink.  Keep a really close eye on the shrimp to be sure that they do not over- or under-cook.  Also, no need to flip the shrimp halfway through, since they cook so quickly.  Plus, the bottom of the pan gets nice and hot too, so the underside of the shrimp will also be nicely cooked.
  6. Serve.  As soon as the shrimp are ready to go, remove the baking sheet from the oven, transfer the shrimp to a serving dish right away (or incorporate into whatever shrimp recipe you may be making), and serve warm.  Voila!

Oven Roasted Shrimp Recipe | The easiest method for how to cook shrimp!

Shrimp Seasonings:

Again, I typically just use lots of salt and pepper (plus maybe a good sprinkle of garlic powder), as mentioned in the baked shrimp recipe below.  But if you’d like to mix things up, feel free to sprinkle on any of your favorite dry seasoning mixes, such as:

Oven Roasted Shrimp with Lemon

Side Dish Ideas:

Looking for some side dishes to serve with this shrimp recipe?  Here are a few of my faves:

More Baked Protein Tutorials:

Be sure to check out our other baked protein tutorials here on the blog too!

Enjoy, everyone!

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The Easiest Way To Cook Shrimp! (Baked Shrimp)

The easiest way to cook shrimp — pop it in the oven!  This delicious baked shrimp recipe is always a winner, it only takes 10 minutes total, and it’s easy to customize with whatever seasonings you love.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails on or off)
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or your preferred high-heat oil)
  • Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the broiler on your oven.  Arrange the baking rack about 5 inches away from the top heating element.
  2. Place shrimp in a large mixing bowl, and pat dry with paper towels.  Add oil and toss until the shrimp are evenly coated.
  3. Transfer the shrimp to a large baking sheet, and arrange in an even layer.  (Be sure that the shrimp do not overlap.)  Season generously with salt and pepper, and any other desired seasonings.
  4. Broil for 2 minutes, or until the shrimp are bright reddish-pink and opaque.  Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving dish.
  5. Serve warm.  Or transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 2 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
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Oven Baked Shrimp Recipe | The easiest method for how to cook shrimp!

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4 comments on “The Easiest Way To Cook Shrimp!”

  1. Hi Ali,

    Okay, this is a serious game changer! Pinning this and I’ll be making it alllll the time. This is such a great tip! Also followed you on Insta so I don’t miss these kind of tips in the future :). Anything that allows me to eat more shrimp in a super easy way is for me, lol. Thanks!

  2. what a great technique, I always boil them into tasteless oblivion, sheet pan with crispy exterior and fun seasonings are much better, thank you for another great recipe

  3. Worked like a charm! This is totally going to be how I cook shrimp from now on.

    Rating: 5
  4. I will be making this with the chimichurri sauce! I am making this for friends and I hope they love it!