Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

I make tons of Shrimp Cocktail. Why? Because people love it. I love it. If you put a tray of shrimp out, regardless of the quality or flavor, it will be gone. People. Love. Shrimp. Cocktail. But I take issue with this.  Water logged, flavorless excuses for shrimp are not how this seafood should be served. Shrimp Cocktail should be meaty, dry, and slightly briny. It should have tons of flavor all on its own. It should not be wet and without flavor like those horrid shrimp rings at the grocery store- those just hurt my soul.

It’s very easy to take Shrimp Cocktail to a whole other level, so why not do it? All it takes is good quality shrimp and one of these two recipes:

The most delicious Shrimp Cocktail recipe, in my opinion, is Alton Brown’s The Shrimp Cocktail. It’s truly fabulous, but it is a lot of work.

A very close second and one that will have both your tastebuds and your guests wanting more, is Ina’s Garten’s Roasted Shrimp Cocktail. It couldn’t be easier- just follow the recipe below and serve up with a great cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.

Ina's Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Prep Time: 15 -20 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Yields: approx. 24-30 shrimp


  • 2 pounds (12 to 15-count) shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss the shrimp with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Spread shrimp in 1 layer on a sheet pan.
  4. Roast for about 7-8 minutes, just until pink and firm and cooked through. Don't overcook and remember that they will keep keeping after they are removed from the oven.
  5. Set aside to cool and serve chilled with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.

Make Ahead

This is an excellent dish to make in advance. It also travels well making it an excellent dish to bring to a friends house to accompany a chilled bottle of chardonnay.

Recipe Review

  • easy to follow directions 10
  • taste 10
  • presentation 9
  • feedback from tasters 10
  • would make again 10

User Rating

5 (1 Votes)



This recipe is the ultimate crowd pleaser and couldn't be easier.