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Baked Blackened Shrimp Recipe

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.

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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.

Other seasonings for shrimp recipes that we use include our Spice Rub, Creole Seasoning, and Taco Seasoning recipes.

They all use ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

How to shop for shrimp

These Baked Blackened Shrimp are spicy red delicious, plump and mouthwatering. They make a great appetizer or topped on a salad, taco or pasta!

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?

  1. Preheat the oven and place a rack over a baking sheet.
  2. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and coat them with the seasonings.
  3. Put the shrimp on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Bake

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:

  • Tacos
  • Salads
  • Pasta
  • Rice or quinoa
  • Gumbo
  • 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!

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.

If you like this recipe, we would appreciate your comment and a 5-star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review!

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Sensational Baked Blackened Shrimp Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Baked Blackened Shrimp recipe makes a quick dinner or appetizer. These deliciously spicy mouth-watering shrimp are ready in less than 10 minutes.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Dish, Seafood
Cuisine American
Keyword: Blackened Shrimp
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 lb raw shrimp cleaned and deveined
  • 2 tsp blackened seasoning ground
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper ground
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400F° and place a cooling rack on a baking sheet.  Spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, drizzle raw shrimp with olive oil until they are lightly coated. Add blackened seasoning, and salt and pepper. Mix until coated.  You can allow them to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or cook immediately.
  • Lay shrimp on the prepared rack. Bake undisturbed for 8 to 10 minutes. Don’t overcook.
  • Garnish with the fresh parsley if desired.  Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.



Baking method inspired by Ina Garten Food Network
Note: It’s better to allow the shrimp to cool than to try and keep them warm. Shrimp overcook easily.


Calories: 78kcalProtein: 15gFat: 1gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 884mgPotassium: 74mgVitamin A: 210IUVitamin C: 6.4mgCalcium: 113mgIron: 1.8mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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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.

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Recipe Rating


Saturday 28th of December 2019

with the holidays being over we are pulling way back on all the carbs... this blackened shrimp is so flavorful I don't even miss anything else to go with it. Served it over green beans last night but with a few of the leftovers Im going to have the best salad for lunch ever!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 28th of December 2019

Thank you! We're so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

Michaela Kenkel

Monday 5th of March 2018

I just want to reach in and grab about 8 of these!! DROOLING!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 7th of March 2018

Thank you, Michaela!

Debra C.

Sunday 4th of March 2018

Shrimp is the perfect meal as an appetizer, main dish you name it. So smart to keep a stash in the freezer. Especially when you can whip up something this easy and delicious! Only ten minute? Crazy good! Pinned to make soon.

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 7th of March 2018

Thank you, Debra! We love shrimp because they're delicious even when previously frozen so we can enjoy them even in land-locked Nebraska!


Sunday 4th of March 2018

Now these are a clean eating meal that I can wrap my head around. I just got back from a conference where the food was WAY less than healthy and I was on a mission to eat better! This totally works! Made them super last minute and was complexity satisfied and they were SO DELICIOUS! thanks

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 7th of March 2018

Thank you, Michele! Shrimp are a great way to eat clean without deprivation. It's hard to eat well on the road especially when everyone is eating those delicious goodies!

Sandra Shaffer

Friday 2nd of March 2018

I always have some shrimp in my freezer ready to be transformed into a tasty meal like yours! It's my husband's birthday celebration tonight. Making these, but will probably double the I can share ;)

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 7th of March 2018

Thank you, Sandra! Happy birthday to your husband! What a great way to celebrate.

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