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How to Bake Shrimp?

Baked Shrimp

Baked Shrimp

An excellent dish that can be enjoyed any time of the year is shrimp. Shrimp is delicious, can be prepared a number of different ways, be an entrée or part of a larger dish, and is quite healthy. While most people prefer to either grill or fry shrimp, these may not be the best ways to cook the shell fish. This is because grilling and frying will either dry the shrimp out or require you to use unhealthy oils that takes away the natural taste and makes the shrimp less healthy. The best way to cook shrimp is to bake shrimp in the oven. This can be done quickly and easily.

The first step in baking shrimp in the oven is to prepare the shrimp for baking. If you live in an area where you get fresh shrimp, this step may require you to peel the shrimp. However, you may be able to skip this step by purchasing either pre-peeled or frozen shrimp. If you are using frozen shrimp, be sure to let them fully thaw out for a couple hours before cooking them. You could speed this process up by putting them under water, but make sure the water is cool so it doesn’t start cooking the shrimp.

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Once the shrimp are peeled and thawed, the next step is to apply your seasoning. This part of the process depends largely on your recipe or personal tastes. If you do not have a preference, baked shrimp that is not seasoned is still quite delicious. However, squirting some butter or a citrus juice on the shrimp and seasoning with salt and pepper could add a lot to taste. While you are preparing the shrimp for the oven, you should pre-heat the oven at about 450 degrees farenheight.

After the shrimp have been prepared and the oven is ready, you can now place the shrimp in the oven. You could put the shrimp on ready to eat wooden skewers, but for simplicity a cooking sheet could also be used. Be sure to grease up the cooking sheet and then place the shrimp on the sheet. The shrimp shouldn’t be touching each other, but you do not need to leave too much space in between each one.

After you have put the shrimp in the oven, be sure you monitor the shrimp closely. Depending on how thick each shrimp is, they could be done baking quite quickly. Small shrimp may be done in as little as 6-8 minutes, while larger shrimp may take 10-12. After you take the shrimp out of the oven be sure you allow at least 10 minutes for them to cool prior to consumption.

Kelly

Kelly Hurston has been a professional writer for 10 years. She joined TheHousingForum Team in May, 2010. Kelly enjoys cooking, doing DIY projects, and is an avid reader.



  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YWRM22U3I67RO74QJTQC6BOD6Y Sheba Barb

    Awesome.  I am lazy and had a thought…..baked shrimp and lo and behold.  Thank you kindly.

  • PennyV

    I’ve always preferred fried jumbo shrimp but this baked shrimp sounds delicious!  I may have to give it a try if I can find a decent place to purchase shrimp for home-cooked meals.

  • tonyamanbeck@aol.com

    I have three kids ages 7, 4, 2, and one due in oct. if i can find recipies to put in the oven so i dont have to stand in front of the stove all night, they r sooo welcome. Shrimp is a staple to my babies, and this idea it healthy, and sounds delish!! cant wait to try it out! thx

  • PennyV

    Congrats on the new addition to your family, Tonyamanbeck! I can imagine how busy you stay while keeping up with your young children. Since shrimp is a staple for you, you may enjoy this recipe I found at the Food Network website for twice baked stuffed potatoes with shrimp. This meal takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 1 hr. 25 minutes of cooking time. It serves 6 people. The necessary ingredients are: 6 large baking potatoes 1 pound sauteed peeled shrimp1 stick or a 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature Grated cheddar cheese (at least 8 ounces, but can add more according to personal preferences)Sour cream (at least 1 cup, but can add more)Salt and ground black pepper (according to taste) Paprika for sprinkling on top to give the dish more colorVegetable oil for coating the potatoesInstructions:Step 1 – Cover baking pan with aluminum foil and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.Step 2 – Thoroughly wash the potatoes, dry them and gently prick them with a fork on all sides.Step 3 – Coat each potato with vegetable oil and then place it on the baking sheet.Step 4 – Bake the potatoes for approximately 1 hour.Step 5 – Remove the potatoes from the oven and remove the top third of each potato. Do not throw away any parts of the potato!Step 6 – Gently scoop out each potato, placing the scooped out portion in a large bowl.Step 7 – Add in the butter and mix on high speed , until well blended.Step 8 – Add in sour cream, salt and pepper according to personal tasteStep 9 – Chop the shrimp into large pieces.Step 10 – Fold the cheese and shrimp into the potato mixture.Step 11 – Gently stuff the mixture back into the potato shells. Be careful not to break the shells, but pile the potato mixture on as high as you can.Step 12 – sprinkle more cheese on, along with some paprika if you wish to add color to the meal.Step 13 – Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned on top.If you don’t mind having the kids in the kitchen, then have them help prepare this meal. It is a simple recipe and provides an excellent opportunity for having family fun. The kids can add in the ingredients while you’re mixing them. And they can help stuff the mixture into their own potatoes too!