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Baked shrimp in the oven may be the easiest way to cook this fan-favourite shellfish! Simply toss the shrimp in a handful of healthy ingredients (like olive oil, garlic, lemon, and a few spices) then pop them in the oven for a quick 10 minutes. They’re juicy, flavourful, and pair well with everything!

Baked shrimp in a white serving bowl.

My most common method of cooking shrimp is to sauté them in a pan; however, why I haven’t cooked them in the oven more often is beyond me! It’s such a quick and easy way to prepare them – no need to work in batches on the stovetop, and the end result is a lovely protein with tasty juices that add flavour to the rest of your meal.

Those juices (along with the baked shrimp) are so delicious served over simple grains (like quinoa, rice, or even pasta). Add some veggies in there (you can bake them at the same time!) and you’ve got yourself a nutritionally-balanced dinner. All things this dietitian loves 🙂

If you love shrimp, you’re in luck! I have 25+ delicious and nutritious shrimp recipes to explore on my blog. This smoked paprika sautéed shrimp with honey and this creamy coconut shrimp with chili powder and lime are two reader (and personal) favourites!

All you need are 7 simple ingredients:

Recipe ingredients in small bowls.

A note on shrimp (prawns): you will need about 1 pound or 454 grams of shrimp for the recipe. I recommend purchasing large shrimp, approx. 26-30 pieces per pound (this is often indicated on the bag). You can use either fresh or frozen shrimp. Frozen shrimp thaws quickly under cold water, or you can take it out of the freezer and thaw in the fridge the night before.

Full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are located in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!

Visual guide: how to bake shrimp in the oven

Shrimp and seasonings placed in baking dish.

STEP 1: While the oven pre-heats, add shrimp to a large baking dish, along with olive oil, minced garlic, smoked paprika, chili powder, and lemon juice.

Raw shrimp tossed in olive oil, garlic, and seasonings in a large baking dish.

STEP 2: Toss to coat the shrimp in the oil and seasonings. Spread out in a single layer.

Baked (cooked) shrimp in baking dish).

STEP 3: Place the baking dish in the oven and cook for about 8-10 minutes, depending on your oven. There’s no need to flip them! The shrimp should be opaque and cooked through, but you don’t want them overdone.

Baked shrimp in a white serving bowl.

STEP 4: Garnish the baked shrimp with chopped parsley, or use basil if you have that on hand. Serve as desired, making sure to get all the yummy juices on there, too!

Nutrition benefits of shrimp

Shrimp are an excellent source of high-quality, complete protein – a standard 3-ounce or 85-gram serving provides 18 grams of protein.

This tasty shellfish is also rich in essential micronutrients like: 

  • selenium
  • vitamin B12
  • phosphorus
  • niacin
  • zinc
  • magnesium
  • iron
Close up of baked shrimp in baking dish.

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Baked shrimp in the oven may be the easiest way to cook this fan-favourite shellfish! Simply toss the shrimp in a handful of healthy ingredients, then pop them in the oven for a quick 10 minutes. They're juicy, flavourful, and pair well with everything!
Baked shrimp in a white serving bowl.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp (thawed, peeled + tails removed)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced (depending on size of cloves + desired level of garlic flavour)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  • Chopped parsley or basil, to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Place all ingredients into a large baking dish, except for the garnish (parsley/basil). Generously season with salt and pepper, then toss everything together until shrimp is well coated in oil and seasonings.
  • Arrange shrimp in a single layer, then place baking dish in the middle rack of your oven.
  • Allow shrimp to cook for about 8-10 minutes. There's no need to flip them! The shrimp should be opaque and just cooked through, but you don't want them overdone or rubbery.
  • Remove baking dish from oven, then garnish with chopped parsley or basil.
  • Serve as desired (see notes), making sure to use up all the yummy juices the shrimp are cooked in. Enjoy!

Notes

*SIZE OF SHRIMP: I recommend purchasing large shrimp, approximately 26-30 pieces per pound (this number is often indicated on the front of the bag if purchasing packaged shrimp).
*PREP TIME: The time to prepare this recipe will vary depending on if your shrimp are still frozen, or if they have already been thawed and peeled. The time indicated in the recipe card assumes shrimp are already thawed and peeled. To quickly thaw shrimp, take them out of their bag and place them into a colander under cold running water.
*SERVE WITH: Pair the shrimp and all the juices with a grain, like quinoa, rice, farro, or even cooked pasta. Add some veggies in (you can bake them in the oven at the same time), to complete your meal! 
*LEFTOVERS: While best enjoyed fresh, you can keep leftovers for up the 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition

As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.

Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.

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