Oven Roasted Shrimp

Oven Roasted Shrimp

April 29, 2019   11 Comments

Can you cook a delicious meal in five minutes? Oven roasted shrimp will change your mind on the definition of fast food.

If you didn’t have to heat your oven up to 400 F - this would be faster than any McDonald’s hamburger. Of course, this is much tastier (if you are a fan of shrimp which I definitely am).

I created a shrimp fajita recipe in this post on How to Thaw Shrimp and pineapple and shrimp skewers

Roasted shrimp is low in calories (112 calories for four ounces) and a cinch to cook. These little buggers are nutritious too!

Four ounces of cooked shrimp serves up nearly half the DHA and EPA — omega-3 fats — you should be getting every day. Omega-3s reduce blood pressure and triglycerides (fats in the blood) and are one of the only nutrients that raise good HDL cholesterol.

Of course, shrimp are high in cholesterol but (as we have talked about with eggs) the amount of cholesterol in your food does not impact your overall cholesterol numbers.

The only deal with shrimp is that it can be hard to know which ones to buy. Two rules:

1. Always buy frozen shrimp. The ones that are at the fish counter were frozen and are now thawing in front of you. Unless you are buying them off the boat - stick to frozen.

2. Try to buy shrimp that has been harvested or farmed in such a way that doesn’t ruin the environment.

This Aldi shrimp along with the shrimp that I bought from Whole Foods alerts me to the “Best Aquaculture Practices” certification for the shrimp. I believe, since many were not buying farmed shrimp from Indonesia and Thailand, pressure was put on the industry to clean up. You can now find plenty of sustainable choices in the shrimp department.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium puts out a great website – Seafood Watch - and they now have an app for determining which seafood is best from an environmental perspective.

This recipe is so easy that it is worth finding great shrimp! All you do is toss it on a pan with a little olive oil and roast for FIVE minutes. Done!

I may be mistaken, but I believe they are more flavorful when cooked with the shells on. We can argue below!

I serve them with a slice of lemon and I find that peeling them makes me savor them all the more.

Do you eat shrimp? How do you cook them?

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Roasted Shrimp Recipe

Makes 3, four-ounce servings

12 ounces medium sized raw shrimp, thawed
1 teaspoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
lemon slices (optional)

Heat oven to 400 F. Put shrimp on pan and drizzle with olive oil. Salt and pepper them and cook for 5 minutes or until pink. Serve hot with lemon squeezed over them.

For 4 ounces = 148 calories, 3.5 g fat, 0.8 g saturated fat, 1.7 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 25.8 g protein, 0 g fiber, 277 mg sodium, 0 Freestyle SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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11 Comments:

Wow. I LOVE shrimp and have never cooked them in the oven. I cannot wait to try this. Thanks Snack Girl!

on April 30, 2019

Have never cooked shrimp in oven before but will give it a try. I live on the coast of Massachusetts and local fish store had frozen and thawed shrimp. Ok to buy thawed at a fish market?

on April 30, 2019

Just cooked me up some shrimp even faster last night!
16 oz frozen shrimp in shells
Boiled 3 minutes
Drained and sprinkled with Old Bay Seasoning
Cocktail sauce on the side
Serves four
3 WW points for 1/4 cup sauce (without sauce it's zero points!)

on April 30, 2019

Roasting them with shell on seems to really maximize their flavor! I like a little slivered garlic sometimes too.

David - I think it's not that its not ok to buy thawed, just that it gives you less flexibility in using them. If you're buying to use right away, thawed is fine, but buying frozen just lets you keep them frozen til ready to use. That way you can be sure they were never held at the wrong temperature which can promote unhealthy conditions for bacteria...my two cents!

on April 30, 2019

When Whole Foods has big, beautiful wild-caught, American shrimp on sale (which is fairly often) I buy extra and always ask the guys at the fish counter to get me some from the back that's still frozen. They're happy to do that. Whole Foods often has fresh, never frozen shrimp, too. I also buy fresh-off-the-boat, wild-caught shrimp online from NYC's famed Fulton Fish Market, and it's delivered right to my door in Kentucky, still smelling of the sea. I love shrimp, clearly, and roasting them in the oven is SO quick and easy. So is a quick 3-minute saute on the stovetop in a skillet. Yum! Thanks for all you do!

on April 30, 2019

I have frozen shrimp which is extra Jumbo. 16/20 count.How long would I roast them?

on April 30, 2019

Great Idea! Without heating up your oven, you can fry these shrimp in a pan with just a little water or wine. I make shrimp scampi for hubby often. I fry them in a little butter with parsley, wine, a tad bit of garlic salt and serve over rice or pasta. This gives them a lot of flavor and they are still calorie friendly.

on April 30, 2019

@David - yes, I think a fish market is a great place for thawed shrimp - but I bet if you asked you could get them frozen. Totally up to you. thanks for the question!
@Nancy - I would go with 6 minutes and check them out. It takes so little time to heat these buggers and you don't want them to end up rubbery. Great question!

on April 30, 2019

Thank you for tips and opinions. I think
buying frozen is the best and safest way to go!

on April 30, 2019

try this 1/2 pound of grape tomatoes simmer till soft crush with potatoe masher add shrimp till pink then spread crushed feta cheese mix to a pink sauce serve over pasta sorty about the "E"

on May 29, 2019

Joe, I make a similar dish, but I use diced canned tomatoes. To fancy it up, I add some minced garlic and a nice splash of white wine. Sprinkle with chopped Italian parsley at the end. Serve over rice. The feta cheese is SO GOOD with shrimp, isn't it?

on May 30, 2019


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