This is one of those great, impressive easy-as-can-be appetizers that make you look like a rock star, but really took you less than 10 minutes to throw together. Aren’t those the greatest?! I like to keep a stack of fast, easy appetizer recipes handy for when I need to put something together in a hurry, and roasted shrimp cocktail is definitely one of them! It’s great for get-togethers, or if you’re hosting a nice dinner party, or maybe if you just want a nice, no-fuss appetizer for a quiet dinner at home for you and your sweetie. Everybody loves shrimp cocktail, but I feel like it gets a little tiresome after awhile; this is the perfect way to make it interesting again! Give it a try at your next party- your guests will love it!

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

2 pounds (12 to 15-count) shrimp
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Place them on a sheet pan with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread them in 1 layer. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes, just until pink and firm and cooked through. Set aside to cool.
Serve with cocktail sauce for dipping.

Recipe source: Ina Garten



  1. This looks sooo yummy!! Add it to the millions of reasons why I wish Hubby wasn’t allergic to shrimp 🙁


    Comment by Anne Marie — February 25, 2011 @ 6:32 AM

  2. My hubby thanks you for this. (Me, too!)


    Comment by Kimby — February 25, 2011 @ 7:46 AM

  3. You’re welcome, Kimby! Enjoy!

    Anne Marie- what a bummer for your hubby! He’s missing out!


    Comment by amy — February 25, 2011 @ 8:06 AM

  4. Thanks for this! I remember Ina Garten talking about roasting shrimp and how it’s so much easier and way better tasting. I think she did it for a shrimp salad. Definitely going to be making shrimp this way soon.


    Comment by Leah — February 25, 2011 @ 8:15 AM

  5. You’re welcome, Leah! It definitely is more flavorful when you roast it- I totally agree with Ina (big shocker!)! 😉


    Comment by amy — February 25, 2011 @ 8:18 AM

  6. YUM! I love shrimp cocktail!


    Comment by Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — February 25, 2011 @ 8:27 AM

  7. I only get shrimp cocktail about once a year. That is for Christmas. This really makes me wish it were Christmas or that I could get to the store pronto!


    Comment by sabriena — February 25, 2011 @ 11:28 AM

  8. Love that these are roasted and not just plain boiled like I normally see them served.


    Comment by Eliana — February 25, 2011 @ 11:33 AM

  9. I made this last month with the sauce she suggested…soooo good! Definitely a great alternative.


    Comment by melissa — February 25, 2011 @ 2:52 PM

  10. I have used this recipe as well as her cocktail sauce recipe for a good while now. Very yummy.


    Comment by thunja — February 25, 2011 @ 4:40 PM

  11. This may seem like a silly question, but do you buy the frozen shrimp in the bag?


    amy Reply:

    Not a silly question! I always buy fresh, uncooked shrimp (usually the kind that are already peeled and deveined for me).


    Comment by Dee — December 21, 2011 @ 7:00 PM

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