Roasted Old Bay Shrimp is an easy and delicious appetizer. Serve with cocktail sauce if you like. My family loves Old Bay seasoning, a spice blend I grew up enjoying on steamed Maryland crabs. Old Bay seasoning is a blend of celery salt, red pepper, black pepper, paprika and other “secret” spices. It goes well with most seafood, including shrimp. Roasting shrimp is a quick and easy method that enhances the flavor of shrimp more than steaming. It’s great for making a large quantity of shrimp cocktail for a party.
I grew up in Maryland so steamed crabs with Old Bay seasoning have a special place in my heart. For a special treat I’ll sometimes mail order some Maryland crabs for our family to keep the tradition going. Since crabs are hard to come by and extremely expensive to mail order, I made Roasted Old Bay Shrimp for a family celebration recently. It’s such an easy recipe and takes just minutes to prepare and roast.
I use frozen shrimp that’s been peeled and deveined already to cut down on the prep time. The best way to defrost shrimp is to let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. The shrimp is seasoned with fresh garlic and Old Bay Seasoning, then roasted for 10-12 minutes until just cooked through. Serve with cocktail sauce if you like or if you’re an Old Bay purist, just eat it straight.
Roasted Old Bay Shrimp is a great party appetizer because it’s quick, easy and a nice change from plain old shrimp cocktail.
- 3 pounds jumbo shrimp 15 count, peeled and deveined
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3-4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
- your favorite cocktail sauce
- lemon wedges
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with olive oil, garlic and Old Bay Seasoning. Transfer to a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 10-12 minutes, until shrimp is just cooked through.
- Set aside to cool. Serve with you favorite cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.
Roasted Old Bay Shrimp Recipe Calories 111 Calories from Fat 18* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
How to Cook Frozen Shrimp
To start, you’ll need to thaw your shrimp. If you purchased them already frozen, take them out of the package and add them to a colander. Run cool water over the frozen shrimp for 5-7 minutes to completely thaw them out. Make sure that you rotate the colander to make sure that each shrimp spends time under the running water.
While the shrimp is thawing out, get a skillet ready on the stovetop. Drizzle a little olive oil in the pan and heat to medium high. Once the oil is hot, toss in the thawed out shrimp. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon. The shrimp should only take 3-4 minutes to cook completely, but you can always tell whether or not it’s done by the way it looks. Uncooked shrimp will be translucent with a gray-ish tail. As it cooks, it will turn white and the tail will turn a pink color. Once the shrimp is completely cooked, you can toss it into a salad or on top of a plate of pasta.
Shrimp also pairs incredibly well with rice. Add some vegetables and fry up cooked rice, along with an egg and shrimp, to create a delicious and simple shrimp stir fry dish. Or toss it into a soup. The sky is really the limit here when it comes to cooking with frozen shrimp.
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