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.
Roasted Old Bay Shrimp Recipe
- 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.