Bursting with flavor, spicy shrimp are amazing and so easy to make. Serve them over cauliflower rice, or use them in salads and in low carb tacos.
I love these spicy shrimp. They are so very tasty, and – just as important – very easy to make.
How to make spicy shrimp
Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. I bake these spicy shrimp in the oven. 8 minutes in a 400F oven, and they are perfect. If you prefer, you can broil them for about 4 minutes instead of baking. Or sauté them for 5 minutes or so in a large skillet. The result will be pretty much the same – the cooking method will depend on what you feel most comfortable with.
Personally, I’m partial to baking. It’s an easy, hands-off method and there’s no risk of burning the food like there is with broiling.
Are these shrimp very spicy?
You can make these shrimp as spicy as you like. It all depends on how much cayenne pepper you add. I usually add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne for a subtle kick, but you can go up to 1/2 teaspoon. Or use just a pinch for minimal heat.
How to serve these spicy shrimp?
I usually simply serve them as they are on plates, with just about any side dish (microwave broccoli is super easy). Sometimes I serve them over cauliflower rice. You can use them in salads, in tacos (using low carb tortillas if you don’t mind wheat).. the possibilities are endless.
How to choose sustainable shrimp
In the United States, shrimp fisheries are well regulated. But local fisheries can’t meet the huge local demand (we Americans love our shrimp!), so we end up importing a lot of our shrimp from places where regulations are not as strict. Here are some good tips for choosing sustainable shrimp and consuming shrimp responsibly.
This is not just an environmentally and socially responsible choice. It’s also healthier. Unregulated shrimp are often grown in contaminated water and fed antibiotics.
More tasty shrimp recipes
Not everyone likes spicy shrimp. If you like shrimp but are not into spicy foods, try these wonderful garlic shrimp. They are very flavorful but much milder in terms of heat. And this shrimp stir-fry is a wonderful way to enjoy an Asian-style meal.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 lb. large raw shrimp, 21-25 per lb., peeled and deveined
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the shrimp in the baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the spices. Use your hands to mix everything well. Arrange the seasoned shrimp in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Bake until cooked through and opaque, about 8 minutes. Serve immediately.