Jan 26

Roasted Shrimp with Rosemary, Garlic & Lemon Recipe



My love of shrimp started innocently enough. At some point when I was a little girl, someone set a shrimp cocktail in front of me. Not the kind with the large shrimp (or prawns, as we call them in Canada), but the tiny bay shrimp, the ones that were the perfect size for a little mouth. The first taste of those slightly sweet c-shaped shrimp, tentatively dipped into the horseradish-spiked cocktail sauce, was all it took. I was hooked. In fact, I was so hooked that I spent a good portion of our family’s vacation budget on shrimp cocktails when I was 9 years old.

That was the summer that we drove from Vancouver to San Diego, stopping at our favorite beaches along the Oregon coast, dropping in on Mickey at Disneyland and culminating the trip with a visit to Shamu at Sea World (I think there have been about seven Shamus since then). The entire trip lasted two weeks and I venture to say that I ordered a shrimp cocktail every single time we ate dinner at a restaurant. Even now I find it tough to resist a shrimp cocktail. However, now I am looking for a shrimp appetizer with a little more of a kick.

These shrimp are perfect for Super Bowl Sunday. Alternatively, mix them with some stir-fried veggies and serve over rice for a quick, healthy meal. Roasting the shrimp takes almost no time – 5 minutes tops. Tossed with a little olive oil, rosemary, garlic and chile flakes, they pack a punch of flavor. I think my 9-year old self would have approved.


The recipe:
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, toss shrimp, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, lemon zest and chile flakes to combine.


Transfer the shrimp to a oven-proof dish and spread out in a single layer (or as close to it as possible).

Roast until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through. Serve immediately.


Other shrimp appetizer recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Shrimp, Sun-Dried Tomato & Feta Quesadillas
Cookin’ Canuck’s Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Jalapeno Cocktail Sauce
The Perfect Pantry’s Roasted Shrimp Appetizer with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Simply Recipes’ Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Mayo
Everyday Southwest’s Bacon Wrapped, Jalapeno Stuffed Shrimp & Pineapple Kabobs

Roasted Shrimp with Rosemary, Garlic & Lemon
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Approximately 30 shrimp
  • ¾ lb. large shrimp, peeled & deveined (tails intact)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp dried chile flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss shrimp, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, lemon zest and chile flakes to combine.
  3. Transfer the shrimp to a oven-proof dish and spread out in a single layer (or as close to it as possible).
  4. Roast until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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1 chefblogdigest January 26, 2012 at 4:12 am

This looks delicious!

I love shrimp as well.


2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 6:40 am

Thank you. You just can’t beat a good shrimp dish.


3 bellini January 26, 2012 at 4:17 am

Yes I do think your 9 year old self would approve.


4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 6:41 am

Thanks, Val.


5 Belinda @zomppa January 26, 2012 at 4:34 am

The only problem is I wouldn’t want to share them on Super Bowl. I ADORE shrimp!


6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 6:41 am

Thanks, Belinda. I know – I have troubles sharing shrimp, too!


7 the wicked noodle January 26, 2012 at 5:23 am

I love roasted shrimp, it’s my favorite way to prepare it. I have a recipe very similar to this one except it has steak seasoning (sounds strange, I know) in place of the rosemary. I was going to make it for an appetizer on Christmas but we had so much food that I nixed it. I keep meaning to pull the shrimp from the freezer; this was the perfect reminder!


8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 6:41 am

Thanks, Kristy. That doesn’t sound strange at all – I’ll be it’s wonderful!


9 Maria January 26, 2012 at 6:37 am

Great Super Bowl food! I bet your boys can’t wait:)


10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 6:42 am

You’re quite right. With the Giants in the mix for Super Bowl, excitement is at an all-time high here.


11 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables January 26, 2012 at 6:41 am

These look delicious Dara! I’m a sucker for shrimp cocktail as well :)


12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 6:42 am

Thanks, Emilie. I still can’t resist ordering shrimp cocktails when I see them on the menu.


13 Living The Sweet Life January 26, 2012 at 6:59 am

Delicious :) The chilli flakes are perfect for that extra little zing


14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm

You’re right – the chile flakes really did give the shrimp the right amount of kick. Perfect with the garlic!


15 Deborah January 26, 2012 at 7:23 am

This looks so good, and now I have a craving for shrimp! (and shrimp cocktail!)


16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Thanks, Deborah! I know – I just can’t help myself around shrimp cocktails.


17 Georgiana January 26, 2012 at 7:39 am

This. looks. so. darn. good.
I love shrimp (not so much shrimp cocktails, though). I can’t resist any sort of shrimp dish on a menu. Definitely making this tomorrow! Thanks.


18 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Thank you, Georgiana. Shrimp (okay, any shellfish) are completely irresistible to me, too. I hope you enjoy these!


19 bridget {bake at 350} January 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

Dara! This looks so, so good!

I was right there with ya…as a kid, I LOVED shrimp! My family likes to tell the story of me ordering shrimp at a hamburger place when we were out with my grandparents. I guess my grandfather would NEVER have let his own children order something so expensive, but for me, his first grandchild…shrimp it was! The hamburger place is still there and EVERY TIME we go with relatives, someone brings up “shrimp.” 😉


20 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Thanks so much for sharing that story, Bridget! What a treat for a little girl and I’m sure your grandfather was more than happy to spoil you.


21 Eliana January 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

This is similar to my go-to shrimp recipe when I’m in a pinch. So turn out so full of flavor and the best part, they cook up so darn fast. Love them.


22 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Eliana, I agree. The quick cooking time is definitely one of the “plusses” of this recipe.


23 Barbara | Creative Culinary January 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

It’s breakfast time here and all I want are these shrimp. So simple and with the perfect flavor for this wish I was Italian girl.


24 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

No time is a bad time for shrimp!


25 Steve @ the black peppercorn January 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

Oh this looks dynamite Dara! We love shrimp in this house. Yum Yum Yum!!


26 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Thanks, Steve. We feel the same way about shrimp.


27 Kathy - Panini Happy January 26, 2012 at 11:16 am

I think we took that same road trip in reverse when I was 11 – from the SF Bay Area up to Vancouver for Expo ’86! Love these shrimp – I’ve been meaning to try roasting shrimp, thanks for reminding me. :-)


28 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Ha! How funny. I practically lived at the Expo ’86 site when it was happening in Vancouver. I have lots of great memories from that summer. I wish I had known you then!


29 Katherine Martinelli January 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

Mmmm I love shrimp prepared in this way! So simple but so delicious!! Gorgeous photos Dara.


30 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Thanks so much, Katherine. Indeed, sometimes simple is best.


31 Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} January 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

I despised shrimp as a kid, actually I never tried it but I “hated” it. Thankfully in my teens I decided to take the plunge, and never turned back! :) This recipe sounds extremely refreshing! Love it!


32 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Isn’t it funny what we’re “certain” of when we’re kids? Glad to hear you took the plunge!


33 MikeVFMK January 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Love this shrimp! Growing up it was the only seafood I would only eat. And this would have been perfect. As it is now. Lovely Dara. I can always use more shrimp recipes.


34 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Thanks, Mike. I agree – one can never have enough shrimp recipes in the cooking arsenal.


35 KalynsKitchen January 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

This sounds delicious. I have happy memories of the first time I went for a “fancy” lunch with my dad and he got me a shrimp cocktail!


36 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Thanks, Kalyn. I love how many people have fond childhood memories of shrimp cocktails!


37 Lori @ RecipeGirl January 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I love roasted shrimp. This is beautiful and healthy!


38 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) January 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Thanks so much for linking to my recipe. I love shrimp any which way — it was the “big treat” when we were kids, and now I always have a bag of good quality shrimp in my freezer.


39 Megan's Cookin' January 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I love shrimp and I’m tempted to have this for Superbowl. Your pictures have now got me craving this shrimp! :)


40 Marla January 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Funny that love for shrimp we acquire as kids. My kids love them too. How I wish this was our dinner tonight!


41 Lori-Vancouver BC Airbnb Superhost January 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I’ve never roasted prawns before, so I can’t wait to try this recipe!
I remember living on the north end of Vancouver Island and buying prawns right off the boat for $2.50/lb…those were the days:)


42 DessertForTwo January 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Gosh, Dara, these photos are simply gorgeous!


43 Koko @ Koko Likes January 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm

This looks amazing and would be delicious with a little Feta over the top!!! and with some brown rice on the side


44 CouponClippingCook January 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm

What a great idea to roast these shrimp. The flavors of the rosemary and lemon sound like a perfect combination. Looks sooo delicious.


45 Maureen January 27, 2012 at 6:46 am

Who knew you could roast shrimp and have them look as good as this? Amazing!


46 Libby Dornbush January 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

With the new reality of electricity prices in Ontario, especially for those of us on time of day rates, heating an oven to 500 for 5 mminutes cooking is tremendously wasteful (unless you’re doing an entire meal). This recipe translates very well to a quick hot stir-fry……much cheaper bven with an electric stove, dirt cheap if you cook with gas.! That said, you have lured me intpo shrimp for supper tonight


47 Jeanette January 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Hilarious that you ordered shrimp cocktail every where you went as a 9 year old! My mom tells the story that our family vacationed in Maine one summer and we (the kids) all ordered hamburgers and refused to try the lobster. I guess we saved them a lot of money, ha! I’ve yet to roast shrimp but these sound awfully good. Pinned to my Superbowl board!


48 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme January 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm

What a fantastic shrimp recipe! I probably started loving shrimp the same way, Dara, with a good, old-fashioned shrimp cocktail. Still love them :-)


49 Frank January 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

Yes, indeed, who doesn’t like shrimp? And they cook up so quickly. My childhood memories of shrimp were all about ‘shrimp scampi’ which was all the rage at the time. The name always makes me chuckle, but it was actually pretty good eating.


50 Kelly C February 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I made this last week and loved the combination of flavors. It was so easy. Thanks for sharing.


51 Pat February 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

Made these wonderful shrimp the other night and served over some wonderful Tilda Basmati Rice, sprinkled a few colourful green peas and voila, it was delish.
Dinner was ready in minutes. Thanks for these great recipes and delightful family stories.


52 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen February 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Rosemary on shrimp, that has to be a winner.


53 Michele March 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Making these tomorrow! They sound great!


54 Michele March 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

These are great!!! My husband loves them:)


55 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I’m so glad to hear that, Michele! Thanks for letting me know. Now I’m craving shrimp!


56 Gail April 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Making these tonite


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