Baked Blackened Shrimp recipe makes a quick dinner or the perfect finger-food appetizer. These deliciously spicy mouth-watering shrimp are ready in less than 10 minutes.
Baked Blackened Shrimp is bursting with spicy delicious flavor. This blackened shrimp recipe makes a quick and easy appetizer and is perfect in tacos, on salad, pasta, or rice in under 10 minutes!
Forrest Gump comes to mind when I think of shrimp. Because it’s true that it can be prepared in so many different ways. We LOVE Blackened Shrimp.
Well, maybe we just love blackened anything? Baking shrimp is now my go-to method because they’re perfectly cooked every single time. No more rubbery or mushy results…yuck.
Spicy shrimp makes this a healthier option when prepared as we do in this recipe and it takes only 10 minutes to get these mouthwatering perfectly cooked shrimp to your table. I call that a win win!
I’ve been up to my eyeballs in baked desserts lately. You know my weakness for chocolate right? After a while, I crave simple delicious recipes.
We were invited to one of our friend’s house and everyone was supposed to bring an appetizer.
I wanted something that would be delicious hot or cold. There always seem to be some dips and salsa appetizers so I decided to take this spicy shrimp recipe.
Little did I know there was going to be a contest of the most loved appetizer. This easy shrimp appetizer crushed the competition and I brought home a blue ribbon!
What is Blackened Seasoning
Even though there are so many ways you can season seafood, blackened is one of our favorites.
Blackened seasoning is usually associated with Cajun cooking. Blackened seasoning spices vary but are known to have a combination of herbs and spices.
I prefer to mix up a lot of my own spices. You can easily buy a premixed blackened seasoning but I’ve tried so many that I finally made my own Homemade Blackened Seasoning Blend Recipe which is our absolute favorite. I know what’s in it and I can adjust the heat to our liking.
We make our Baked Blackened Salmon at least 2 to 3 times a month.
They all use ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
How to shop for shrimp
There is not a live shrimp within 1,000 miles of where I live. Here in the midwest, we buy them two ways.
Frozen or previously frozen so I pick it up when it’s on sale and have it in my freezer year-round. Shrimp are great to have on hand.
If you have the option to buy fresh make sure that they don’t have an ammonia smell, are mushy or are falling apart…. I don’t think I even need to tell you this!
I found a great reference from Alton Brown that has a wealth of information including regulation and sustainability information on shrimp.
How is shrimp size determined?
Shrimp size is based on how many shrimp it takes to make a pound. While regulations vary, this is a general guide. As you can see there is some overlap.
- Small – 51 or more
- Medium – 36-50
- Large – 26-40
- Jumbo – 16-25
- Colossal – fewer than 15
One of the first things that I consider when I’m buying my shrimp is size. I probably buy Jumbo more than the other sizes.
Shrimp do shrink as they cook even though it’s a little less when they’re baked.
I don’t want to have to search for a shrimp when I sit down to enjoy my meal or am grabbing my share from the appetizer platter.
How do you make Blackened Shrimp in the oven?
- Preheat the oven and place a rack over a baking sheet.
- Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and coat them with the seasonings.
- Put the shrimp on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Tips for Shrimp Recipes
- For easy clean-up, we line our baking sheet with foil. We also recommend spraying the rack with non-stick cooking spray.
- Save the shrimp peels and use them when you want to make a seafood broth or sauce. Just put them in the freezer for when you need them.
- It’s better to serve cooled shrimp than to try and keep them hot. They will just overcook and turn to seafood rubber.
- When making a seafood dish or soup add shrimp at the very end. Use a seafood broth to enhance the seafood flavor instead of relying on the shrimp to do it.
- You can definitely grill or fry this blackened shrimp too.
Ideas for serving Blackened Shrimp
There are so many recipes that can be made up in a jiffy such as:
- Rice or quinoa
- Shrimp and Veggie Skewers
Products you may need to make Baked Blackened Shrimp:
- Baking Sheets – These sheet pans are durable and I have four of them so I can get everything baked up in a jiffy.
- Tongs – We have several of these tongs. They are perfect for grilling, mixing, and combining just about anything.
Now just like in Forrest Gump, there are a ton of shrimp recipes. Here are a few of my favorites!
- Shrimp Stir Fry
- Shrimp and Spinach Pasta
- Sheet Pan Shrimp and Vegetables
- Chicken & Shrimp Gumbo
- Shrimp BLT
- Sheet Pan Shrimp & Vegetables
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If you like this Blackened Shrimp appetizer, I think you’ll enjoy these appetizer recipes too!
It’s always good to have a balance of things to serve and shrimp is a great contrast to chips and dips or sweets.
- Lamb Bites with Fig Balsamic Glaze – This recipe only looks fancy. It is perfect for any level of entertainment.
- Baked Chicken Parmesan Meatballs – These meatballs are great as an appetizer or in a sandwich.
- Muffuletta Cheeseball – This cheeseball has it all. It’s loaded with spicy meats, cheeses, and olive salad.
- Everything Bagel Dip – You’ll love all of the flavors combined in this creamy dip.
- Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings – No party is complete without chicken wings, and there’s nothing ordinary about these wings.
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We enjoyed this Blackened Shrimp recipe so much and it’s an easy appetizer to make and take for entertaining like a New Years’ get-together or Superbowl party.
Baking them assures that they aren’t going to get overcooked. That’s my favorite way to cook them too.
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What are your favorite recipes using shrimp? I’d love it if you would share. I get such inspiration from you!