You're going to love this easy gulf shrimp recipe! It's topped with a delicious lemon garlic butter sauce and roasted to perfection.
It's so easy to make and only takes a few minutes of hands-on time, making it perfect for a weeknight meal.
Gulf shrimp are wild shrimp found in the Gulf of Mexico and the southeastern coast of the US - they're only found in warmer climates. Atlantic shrimp are found in the Atlantic Ocean and are cold-water shrimp.
Gulf shrimp have a fantastic mild, sweet flavor. I think they have a stronger, richer flavor than Atlantic shrimp.
Here are the simple ingredients you'll need to make baked gulf shrimp.
- Fresh Gulf Shrimp (you can use frozen, but make sure to fully defrost it and pat it dry before using. Clean and devein shrimp if it hasn't been already)
- Smoked Paprika
- Sea Salt
- Melted Butter
- Fresh Parsley
- Fresh Lemon Juice
- Garlic Cloves
- optional to serve - Lemon Wedges
See the recipe card for quantities.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the shrimp in a large bowl and pat them dry with paper towels.
Toss with the smoked paprika and sea salt.
Place the shrimp in a large cast iron skillet or baking dish so it’s in a single layer.
Pour the melted butter, chopped parsley, lemon juice, and minced garlic into a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Pour the butter mixture over the shrimp, making sure to cover each piece.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until shrimp has cooked through.
Serve with rice, pasta, or on its own.
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Substitutions & Variations
Here are some optional changes you can make to this recipe.
- Seasonings - you can swap the smoked paprika for Old Bay Seasoning and if you'd like to add a bit of heat, you can add red pepper flakes, chili powder, or ground black pepper.
- Fresh Herbs - you can swap the parsley for oregano or another fresh herb of your choice.
- Olive Oil - feel free to substitute half the butter for olive oil.
What to Serve with Shrimp
See our whole post on sides for seafood, or try some of these favorites.
After cooking, shrimp can be saved in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
Tips for Making this Recipe
Cooking Tips - I recommend baking the shrimp in a cast-iron pan or other heavy-bottomed pan, as this will distribute the heat evenly.
Specialty Ingredients - Gulf shrimp can be found in all sizes - I used large shrimp, which have about 31 to 40 shrimp per pound. All sizes of shrimp will work for this recipe, but smaller shrimp may need less time in the oven.
Reheating Instructions - I recommend reheating shrimp on the stovetop over medium heat instead of microwaving, which can make shrimp rubbery.
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- 1 pound gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- optional to serve - lemon wedges
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Clean and devein shrimp, if necessary. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and toss with the smoked paprika and sea salt.
- Place the shrimp in a large cast iron skillet or baking dish so it’s in a single layer.
- Pour the melted butter, chopped parsley, lemon juice, and minced garlic into a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Pour the butter mixture over the shrimp, covering each piece.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until shrimp has cooked through. Shrimp should reach 145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.
- Serve with rice, pasta, or on its own.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 509Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 540mgSodium: 3396mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 53g