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Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp

You’ll be dipping these garlicky roasted shrimp into the spicy cocktail sauce well past the holiday season! Tossed and baked in 15 minutes, this easy appetizer will be a hit at all your gatherings.

Want an appetizer table? Make sure you serve this shrimp alongside my Holiday Assorted Goat Cheese Balls, Baked Brie with Fig Jam and my Crab Stuffed Mushrooms!

Why You’ll Love This Garlic Roasted Shrimp Recipe

Everyone will be dipping these oven-roasted shrimp into the sweet-and-savory cocktail sauce the minute you set them on the table.

  • Fresh. The best shrimp appetizers are made fresh for a buttery, tender interior.
  • Great for gatherings. Serve them in a large platter with the dipping sauce on the side. They’ll be gone before you know it.
  • Easy. All you need to do is toss the shrimp, bake them, and whisk the sauce. That’s it!
  • Quick. Everyone has time for a 15 minute recipe, even if it’s a last minute gathering.

What You’ll Need

Don’t skip the garlic because it’s what gives this simple appetizer its flavor-punch. Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact amounts.

  • Shrimp – Make sure it’s peeled and deveined.
  • Garlic – You can use fresh garlic or garlic powder.
  • Olive oil – Feel free to use vegetable, corn, or canola oil.
  • Seasonings – Red pepper flakes, dry basil, salt and pepper.

Cocktail Sauce

  • Ketchup – I prefer organic or low-sugar kinds.
  • Horseradish – Wasabi root and spicy mustard are great swaps.

Can I Use Frozen Shrimp?

Yes, but not straight from the freezer. For best results, always thaw them first by running them under cold water for 5 minutes. Don’t use warm or hot water to do this or the shrimp will begin to cook as they thaw.

How to Make Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp

If you set a kitchen timer, this recipe is practically fail-proof because it ensures your shrimp will be perfectly tender. Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for more detailed instructions.

  • Toss the shrimp. Preheat the oven to 400F. Mix the shrimp, garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Bake them. Place the shrimp in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake them for 8-10 minutes.
  • Make the sauce. Mix ketchup and horseradish in a small bowl. Set it aside.
  • Let them cool. Remove the shrimp from the oven and set them aside to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve. Serve the shrimp with cocktail sauce. Add fresh parsley and lemon wedges for extra flavor.
Overhead photo of baked shrimp with cocktail sauce.

Tips for Success

Using the right baking sheet and shrimp size will help you nail any roasted shrimp recipe.

  • Choose the right shrimp. Medium to large shrimp are best for this recipe because they’ve got more meat. Cocktail shrimp are tiny and will overcook in the oven so it’s best to avoid them.
  • Ask the fishmonger. Get your local fishmonger to clean and devein the shrimp for you. This will save you lots of prep time.
  • Set a timer. Use a kitchen timer or an alarm on your phone to remind you to remove the shrimp from the oven in time to avoid over-cooked shrimp.
  • Use the right baking sheet. Your baking sheet should be light gray or even rose-gold for best results. Darker-colored trays tend to brown the shrimp a lot faster and overcook them.
  • Add more spices. 1 teaspoon of paprika, onion powder, and Old Bay seasoning can add lots of flavor. Cajun seasoning works too.
Dipping a roasted shrimp into the sauce.

Serving Suggestions

This roasted shrimp appetizer is great when paired with other small bites right before dinner. My Crab Cakes with Sriracha Sauce and Cheesy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms are some of my favorites. You can also serve them with my Baked Mozzarella Sticks or Artichoke Dip Wonton Bites. For another classic appetizer option, don’t forget my Caprese Chicken Skewers.

How to Store & Reheat Leftovers

The leftovers are perfect for the rest of the week. Reheating is super easy too!

  • Store in the fridge. Wait until the leftovers are fully cooled before placing them in an airtight container. Store them for up to 4 days. Don’t keep them longer than that because shrimp spoil easily. The homemade sauce can be refrigerated for up to a week.
  • To reheat it. Pop it into the microwave for 20 seconds at a time or until warm. You can also heat them in the oven at 350F for 10-15 minutes.

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Shrimp with homemade sauce and a lemon wedge.

Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 34 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These roasted shrimp are packed with garlic and spicy red pepper flakes for the ultimate bite when dipped in my homemade cocktail sauce.


  • 2 lbs. of Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 34 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil
  • salt & pepper

Cocktail Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of horseradish


Cocktail Sauce:

  1. To a small bowl, add horseradish and ketchup. Stir together and set aside.

Roasted Shrimp:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss shrimp, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, dry basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Toss until all coated.
  3. Spread shrimp out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  5. While the shrimp are cooking, in a small bowl mix ketchup and horseradish. Set aside.
  6. Remove shrimp from the oven, let cool for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve with homemade cocktail sauce.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges.

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