As the name implies, Old Bay shrimp is liberally dusted in Old Bay seasoning then baked to perfection, an effortless appetizer for any occasion. This recipe can be customized and tweaked a number of different ways to fit your tastes and cooking preferences.
What is Old Bay Seasoning
Old bay seasoning is a blend of spices, heavy on the celery salt, pepper, and paprika. Produced by McCormick & Company, this spice blend popularly used as a seafood seasoning. However, it can just as well be used on poultry and other meats too. You can find it in any major grocery store's spice aisle.
How long to bake shrimp?
This recipe is very simple to create. The shrimp is tossed in oil and seasoning, then baked in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Yep, it is that simple!
Other ways to cook shrimp
You can just as easily sauté or broil the shrimp instead for this recipe. Broil the shrimp for 3-5 minutes, or until it turns opaque. Alternatively, saute it in a skillet for 2-3 minutes per side, flipping once. Shrimp is done when it is no longer gray or translucent.
How to serve old bay shrimp
This can be served as a warm or cold appetizer. If served cold it makes a great jazzed-up replacement for traditional cocktail shrimp when served with cocktail sauce.
How to store it
The shrimp can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for approximately 3 days. Make sure you keep it in an air tight container, of course. It technically can be frozen as well, but the texture of the cooked shrimp will suffer, so I would avoid it if possible.
Customize this recipe
You can add your own favorite seasonings in addition to the Old Bay blend, or in place of it. Cayenne pepper is a great addition for a kick. A minced clove or two of garlic, and a splash of lemon also are great additions!
Alternatively, you can make this a meal by adding corn, cooked potatoes, and sausage to make this a 'sheet pan boil' and baking them all together in the oven for 10 minutes.
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Old Bay Shrimp
- 1 pound shrimp (recommend 31/40 shrimp - peeled and deveined)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place shrimp in a large bowl with olive oil and seasonings, and toss to coat.
- Spread shrimp out evenly on rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
- Serve warm, or chilled.