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This Lemon Butter Baked Shrimp recipe features fresh jumbo shrimp, cooked to perfection in my easy lemon garlic butter sauce. Even though it’s cooked in the oven, it’s ready in 15 minutes, making it an easy main dish for busy weeknights. Enjoy this easy baked shrimp recipe with air fryer spaghetti squash, sautéed green beans, or air fryer steak.
Why Make Lemon Garlic Butter Baked Shrimp
- Quick & easy: this baked shrimp recipe includes three main ingredients and comes together in a quick bake time of about 15 minutes. Make this for easy weeknight meals, meal prep, or a quick, amazing dinner on the weekends.
- Homemade Lemon Butter: my homemade lemon butter is perfect for seafood dishes. In fact, I use this simple garlic lemon butter sauce on my baked salmon too! It uses just a few ingredients but adds a lot of lemon and garlic flavor.
You don’t need much for this lemon garlic butter shrimp recipe. Here’s what you’ll need to gather:
- Shrimp: I use raw jumbo shrimp. They are 16-20 or 13-15 per lb and tail-on. You can keep the tail on, but ensure that they are deveined and peeled.
- Cajun seasoning: I use my homemade seasoning (which includes black pepper, garlic powder, and more) since I have it on hand, but you can also use another seafood seasoning like Old Bay.
- Lemon garlic butter sauce: this easy, rich sauce (which includes fresh garlic) comes together in a saucepan in less than 5 minutes with simple ingredients. I love this melted butter sauce on everything from seafood to chicken and other meats.
- Optional: Parsley flakes as a garnish.
Be sure to check out the recipe card at the end of the post for full instructions and exact ingredient amounts.
How to Oven-Bake Shrimp
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add the shrimp to a bowl with the seasoning. Toss to distribute evenly.
- Add the shrimp in a single layer to a broiler-safe dish or baking dish (like a sheet pan).
- Pour the lemon garlic butter sauce over the shrimp.
- Bake the raw shrimp uncovered in your preheated oven. Then, turn the broiler on low and broil to cook the shrimp through and give it some color.
Top Tips & FAQs
- Look at the shrimp’s color and shape to not overcook: Shrimp doesn’t take long to cook. Check to see if your lemon butter shrimp is cooked by ensuring that the shrimp has an opaque bright orange color. The juicy shrimp will also have an open “C” shape instead of being tightly curled.
- Broil on low for color: Since shrimp cooks quickly, the broiler is a helpful tool for giving it a browned color without overcooking it. Be sure to use low and check the color and shape of your shrimp to not overcook it.
- Optional: If you’re craving even more lemon flavor, feel free to cut a few slices of lemon to squeeze some fresh lemon juice on top of the shrimp before eating. You could also add some fresh lemon zest or even lemon pepper to your dish based on your personal preference.
- Optional: For extra heat, try adding a little red pepper flakes at the end.
How to Store Lemon Butter Baked Shrimp
If you have any leftover lemon garlic butter shrimp, the best way to store them is in an airtight container for the next time (up to 4 days).
I cook my shrimp at 400 degrees in the oven.
You can easily check to see if your baked shrimp is done by looking at the shrimp’s color and shape. Cooked shrimp have an opaque bright orange color. They should also have an open “C” shape and not be tightly curled.
I have not tried to bake frozen shrimp. But, since, I’ve air fried frozen shrimp, I’m certain that you can bake it too! Simply, adjust the cook time to give the shrimp a few extra minutes to thaw while it’s baking.
Yes. I air fry frozen shrimp often and it turns out great. The ice tends to melt and combine with the lemon butter to form an amazing sauce!
Recipes to Enjoy This With
Here are a few ways to turn your lemon butter baked shrimp into a meal:
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Lemon Butter Baked Shrimp
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- 1.5 lb Shrimp, I used jumbo (16-20 or 13-15 per lb), tail-on, deveined and peeled
- 1 tsp Cajun seasoning, click for recipe, or use another seafood seasoning
- 1/2 lemon garlic butter sauce, click for the recipe. I used 1/2 the recipe for this dish and the other half for baked salmon. You can also use the entire recipe if you plan to use the extra sauce to top vegetables, cauliflower rice or another side dish.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Add the shrimp to a bowl with the seasoning. Toss to distribute evenly.
- Add the shrimp to a broiler safe dish.
- Pour the lemon garlic butter sauce over the shrimp.
- Bake uncovered for 5 minutes.
- Turn the broiler on low, then broil for 2-3 minutes to give the shrimp color and allow it to turn opaque.
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!