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This tasty Baked Garlic Shrimp is spicy, buttery and ready to go in 30 minutes! Plus the bonus is an amazing garlic butter that’s perfect for bread dipping. 

I was thrilled when the picky hubby decided he actually liked shrimp. Our meatless, Lenten Friday meals could go beyond cheese pizza and tuna casserole. This yummy Garlic Shrimp Recipe was a hit!

Baked Garlic Shrimp with bread on a small white plate with a bamboo handled fork

Baked Garlic Shrimp

Last month, as another Friday in Lent was approaching, I had the usual dilemma of what meatless entree to serve. When my friend, Lee, posted this spicy shrimp casserole recipe, I knew I would be a fan. With garlic, a little heat from red pepper flakes, and a bread crumb topping?  What’s not to love?  It was marvelous.

 Lee cut down on the fat by only using half the oil and butter, but those juices are wonderfully flavorful. Plus, if you serve this baked shrimp with French bread slices, you can use them to soak up the buttery goodness.

Baked Garlic Shrimp in a casserole dish

Tips for Making This Spicy Shrimp Casserole

Garlic and shrimp pair together deliciously. But here are a few pointers to help you out before baking shrimp in the oven.

  • The worst thing you can do when cooking shrimp is to over bake it.  Baking this shrimp just a minute too long can make it rubbery and unappealing.
  • PRO-Tip: Use your eyes and watch for the shrimp to turn from translucent to opaque, meaning raw looking, to perfectly pink.
  • Shrimp that is cooked properly will curl into a loose “C” shape. Over cooked shrimp will be tightly coiled.
  • It’s even more difficult to tell when your shrimp is done when it’s covered with breadcrumbs and baked instead of sauteed. Since this shrimp is turned over part way through the cooking process, the look of the shrimp at that point will cue you in to if it’s almost fully cooked or if you can continue with the additional baking time.
  • Remember, all ovens cook a bit differently, so you may want to peek in at your shrimp a couple minutes before the timer goes off.
  • This spicy shrimp casserole recipe is based on using large shrimp, so if your shrimp are a different size, the timing needs to be adjusted. There are 31-35 large shrimp per pound.
  • A few red pepper flakes add a touch of heat and a bread crumb and Parmesan topping add a bit of crunch. A wonderful combination.
  • This is a pretty speedy shrimp recipe, but to streamline your dinner prep on a busy night, toast your bread crumbs and mix together the garlic parsley topping ahead of time. Then it won’t take long to get this spicy baked shrimp in the oven!
  • If your mouth isn’t watering just thinking of this combination, you’ll just have to to trust me. This is Baked Garlic Shrimp is a divine entree!

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Ingredients Needed for this Spicy Shrimp Casserole:

  • Kitchen staples: olive oil, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, butter
  • 2 dozen large fresh shrimp
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh Italian parsley
  • Fresh bread crumbs (process fresh baguette pieces in a food processor)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (look for Parmigiano Reggiano)

This post was first shared in May, 2011. The text and photos were updated in 2019.

Baked Garlic Shrimp with bread on a small white plate

Baked Garlic Shrimp

Garlic Shrimp baked with a drizzle of butter plus a topping of breadcrumbs and Parmesan

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 2 dozen large, fresh shrimp
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh Italian parsley
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs, toasted in skillet with 1-2 teaspoons butter till nicely browned
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • French bread to soak up the delicious juices.


  1. Preheat oven to 300º.
  2. Peel and devein shrimp if needed, leaving tails on if desired. Arrange in a single layer in shallow baking dish. Pour olive oil over shrimp. Combine parsley, garlic and peppers. Sprinkle over shrimp. Cover and bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove dish from oven, uncover and flip shrimp. Drizzle with melted butter and top with bread crumbs and Parmesan. Bake uncovered 10 minutes or less, till shrimp is just cooked through.
  4. Serve with French bread to soak up the delicious juices.


Recipe adapted from Southern Living.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 440Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 583mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 11g


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35 comments on “Baked Garlic Shrimp”

  1. These shrimp look fantastic! I don’t know why I’ve never made them before because I love ordering them at restaurants.

  2. Hi Lizzy! Oh these shrimps look wonderful..and oven baked! I love this kind of simple and easy recipe for weekday dinner. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  3. Love those ovenbaked shrimps! How tempting!

  4. Shrimp recipes make me giddy and this one didn’t fail. Looks amazing. Yummy!

  5. Lizzy I love shrimps and this look amazing! gloria

  6. I love shrimp, an have never baked it this way either. Thanks for sharing! You can never have too many recipes, you just have to find them:)

  7. This looks fantastic! I’ve had seafood gratin on my to-make list for ages (using scallops and haddock). Now that recipe has some competition!

  8. Yummy! That looks so so good.

  9. What a great recipe. My husband loves shrimp and I’m sure he would thoroughly enjoy this dish.

  10. I just so happen to have a pound of wild Gulf shrimp in my freezer just waiting to be cooked! I think this one’s a winner…might make some saffron risotto to go with!!

  11. Hubz told me that I MUST make this for dinner tonight… He saw the title and told me “don’t even contemplate dinner…that is what we’re having…it’s a must!” Then he kissed me. hahaha Thanks for the inspiration, Lizzy! Have a great day! xoxo

  12. Thanks, everyone! I hope you’ll all give this winner a try!

    Kate, give your hubby a high five from me! Hope you both love this! xoxo

  13. I love shrimp and this sounds so wonderful. I need to make this soon πŸ™‚ Thanks Lizzy for another wonderful recipe πŸ™‚

  14. I’m glad you liked them!

  15. Love baked garlic shrimp, and can never turn a good shrimp dish down. A nice crusty bread is always good to mop up the yummy garlic sauce, a glass of crisp white souvignon, and meal is complete for me. Yummy!!!

  16. This would make my husbands heart throb with joy… what a winner for sure… love the sauce….myself this is pure perfection at its finest!

  17. Wow this dish looks beautiful! I love the flavors. Will def have to try!

  18. Mmm mm good! Nice heat for these tasty shrimpies! My hubz would adore this dish. Definitely bookmarking it πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  19. What a beautiful dish and dipping the bread to mop up all of the garlicky gravy sounds SO good!! Sounds delicious!

  20. Oh yeah – this pretty much has everything in it that I like. Garlic = yummm.

  21. oh this looks great, it’s on my list of things to try! and i’ll do a little repost back to you when i do try it πŸ˜‰

  22. This reminds me a bit of my mom’s shrimp scampi (she bakes hers) but with bread crumbs. Ohhhh, love the addition of bread crumbs to just about anything πŸ™‚

  23. What a mouthwatering dish! It reminds me of Mexican garlic shrimp, just swimming in garlic and oil. Thanks for sharing and making my mouth water.

  24. Looks like an amazing recipe, will have to give this a try!

  25. Haha! Love it! Garlic and shrimp dance so well together! I agree! Looks yummy!

  26. Simple ingredients and fantastic flavor! Loving this dish like woah!

  27. This dish was absolutely delicious! I mean, who doesn’t like garlic and shrimp? We had this for a Friday evening dinner and fell in love with it. And that bread in the sauce – don’t get me started! Yum!

  28. Shrimp is so dang delicious! And with garlic, UGH! On another level of delicious!

  29. Oh so delicious, Liz! Love the flavors and the crunchy topping! My family would be all over this!

  30. This looks something like Spanish tapas. I would love to dip crusty bread into that flavorful oil!

  31. The crunch and that butter to dip in…that has us craving this for dinner any day. Looks extra delicious.

  32. I don’t think I’ve ever baked shrimp, but I will now. What a lovely recipe. And anything goes with that lovely garlic parsley butter…. but without snails around, one might as well use shrimp!

  33. I like the texture result of baked shrimp. I only have one recipe so can’t wait to try this flavor combo. And love that there’s sauce for that bread. Perfect!

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