Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Why I love Ina Garten’s Roasted Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

I make tons of Shrimp Cocktail! Why? Because people love it. When you serve shrimp cocktail at any size gathering, every last piece gets eaten, every time. People. Love. Shrimp. Cocktail.

However, we need to stop for a moment and discuss the quality of most of the shrimp cocktail that is being served out there. Water logged, flavorless excuses for shrimp are not how this delicate seafood should be served. Shrimp Cocktail should be meaty, dry, and slightly briny. It should have tons of flavor all on its own. It should not be wet, and without flavor like those horrid shrimp rings at the grocery store- those just hurt my soul.

It’s very easy to take Shrimp Cocktail to a whole other level, so why not do it? All it takes is good quality shrimp and this recipe. One of the most delicious Shrimp Cocktail recipes out there is Alton Brown’s The Shrimp Cocktail. It’s truly fabulous, but it requires a brine bath, rinsing and drying, which adds extra ingredients, a good deal of time and steps. I rarely make Alton’s recipe unless it’s small batch and prefer a more simple, equally delicious version.

When not committed to a brine and rinse, I recommend this easy Roasted Shrimp Cocktail recipe that is featured in not just one, but two, Ina Garten’s Cookbooks- Back to Basics and Cook Like a Pro.  It couldn’t be easier and is perfect for serving a crowd! Simply clean the shrimp (or buy cleaned), toss with olive oil, salt & pepper, add shrimp to a sheet pan in a single layer and roast for about 8 minutes.

Tips on How to Make Shrimp Cocktail:

  • Whenever possible, start with good shrimp.
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp! Shrimp come in different sizes so 8 minutes is a guide. Adjust accordingly and remove from oven when just cooked through.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of a good cocktail sauce. Get extra Horseradish and serve on the side for those who like it spicy.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley or chives to add some color to the plate.
  • Serve very chilled.

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Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Roasting shrimp elevates the flavor of the shrimp and brings this simple, classic dish to a whole new level! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
1 hour
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Seafood


  • 2 lbs 12 to 15-count shrimp
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • your favorite cocktail sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails on. (Or take ’em off if you prefer!) 
  • Toss them in a bowl with the Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper. Spread them in a single layer on a sheet pan. 
  • Roast for about 8 minutes, flipping once, just until pink and firm and cooked through. Set aside to cool.
  • Serve with lemon wedges and your favorite cocktail sauce. 


These can be made up to a day in advance. Store in a glass, air tight container. 

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