In this easy shrimp recipe, the shrimp are dipped in butter, then coated in a mixture of grated parmesan and spices.
10 minutes in a hot oven and they emerge wonderfully succulent and flavorful! The entire recipe takes just 25 minutes to make.
I always have a bag of shrimp in the freezer. They are quick to defrost and very easy to cook. They're tiny, so they cook really fast! Plus, my entire family loves them so I make them fairly often.
These oven-baked shrimp parmesan are amazing. The combination of butter, garlic and Parmesan is delicious, and - just as important - this is such an easy recipe.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty shrimp recipe. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
Butter: I use salted butter in this recipe.
Grated Parmesan: Make sure you use finely grated parmesan and not coarsely shredded.
Spices: I use freshly ground black pepper and garlic powder.
Jumbo shrimp: I don't recommend using small shrimp in this recipe. You really do need big ones.
Cooking spray: I like to use avocado oil. It has a neutral flavor and a high smoke point, making it ideal for cooking.
Making this shrimp parmesan recipe is truly easy. Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
First, dip the shrimp in melted butter.
Next, dredge them in seasoned parmesan.
Then bake them until golden and cooked through. That's it!
- It's really important to avoid overcooking shrimp. When overcooked, they become stringy and their flavor suffers too. 10 minutes in the oven should work for jumbo shrimp. If you use large shrimp, check on them after 8 minutes. They should be ready faster.
- There's no need for any added salt in this recipe. The shrimp and cheese add plenty of saltiness.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, but you'll need to defrost them first. If you need to defrost them quickly, simply place them for 10 minutes in a bowl filled with lukewarm water, replacing the water once or twice.
I don't recommend using small shrimp in this recipe. Jumbo shrimp work best. At the very least, use large shrimp.
While you don't want to overcook shrimp, you also don't want to undercook them. Luckily, it's fairly easy to know when shrimp are fully cooked. They are done when they turn from translucent to opaque.
No. Some similar recipes call for the addition of flour, but I find that it's completely unnecessary. The parmesan coating adheres to the shrimp just fine and comes out crispy and delicious.
Variations and substitutions
I love this recipe as is and almost always make it as written. But in case you'd like to vary the basic recipe, here are a few ideas for you:
- You can use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder.
- Melted ghee works well instead of butter. You can also dip the shrimp in a lightly whisked egg instead of in butter, but I think butter tastes better.
- Try sprinkling the shrimp with a little paprika before baking them to add some color.
- A garnish of chopped parsley looks nice on this dish, as you can see in the photos.
These tasty shrimp go well with so many side dishes. I often serve them with buttered zucchini noodles and with sauteed kale.
They're also good with roasted peppers, and I really like the fact that I can bake both dishes in the same 450°F oven.
You can keep the leftovers in the fridge, in a sealed container, for up to 3 days. Reheat them very gently, in the microwave, on 50% power. Sometimes, instead of reheating them, I add them cold to a salad.
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Oven-Baked Shrimp Parmesan
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 0.75 cup dry-grated Parmesan (60 grams)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp 21-25 per lb., peeled and deveined, patted dry
- Avocado oil cooking spray
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil (for easy cleanup).
- Place the butter in a shallow microwave-safe bowl. Melt it in the microwave, in 30-second increments.
- In another medium bowl, whisk together the Parmesan, black pepper, and garlic powder. Divide the mixture into two separate shallow bowls – this will ensure the Parmesan stays as dry as possible, making it easier to coat the shrimp.
- Dip each shrimp in the melted butter to coat, then roll in the Parmesan mixture.
- Arrange the coated shrimp in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly spray them with avocado oil.
- Bake until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
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