Herbed Roasted Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Looking for an appetizer that is simple yet can appear to be elegant? This can also be a simple entrée for a small group. Add some rice or quinoa salad and a green salad to create a super simple meal.


This was super easy to make and serve. The hardest part was getting everything done at the same time so we could serve them hot on the buffet. I am NOT a fan of cold shrimp so I wanted mine cooked and hot. The cocktail sauce was spicy. You can tone it down by adding less or more horseradish if you like. You will find the prepared horseradish in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.

This was 2 lbs. of medium shrimp and they were gone in no time as the main dish for three people.

  • Servings: 2 lbs. shrimp
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined (thawed if frozen)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced finely
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil (more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (if desired)
  • salt and black pepper
  • for serving: parsley and lemon wedges, as desired

Cocktail Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 heaping tablespoons prepared horseradish


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove tails from shrimp and if frozen make sure they are thoroughly thawed and dried. Use paper towels to lightly press any excess water from the shrimp.
  2. In a large bowl, toss shrimp, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, dry basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Toss until all coated.
  3. Spread shrimp out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Stir shrimp after 4 minutes. If excess water is pooling from the shrimp drain it off and return shrimp to oven. You want them dry.
  5. While the shrimp are cooking, in a small bowl mix ketchup and horseradish. Set aside.
  6. Remove shrimp from the oven, let cool for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve with homemade cocktail sauce.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges as desired.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. A. JoAnn says:

    I have lost my taste for cold shrimp, too. This recipe would be a big hit with my seafood loving family. I may try it tonight! Love east recipes!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Add spices as you like too! More or less to your taste. My son loved lots of horseradish in his sauce and my daughter added more basil before cooking her shrimp.


  2. mistimaan says:

    Love to taste your good recipe 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I could gobble this up all by myself! I love shrimp hot or cold.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      My kids ate 90% of it I think.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. mandar345 says:

    what shrimp size yu will recommend with this recipe

    Liked by 1 person

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