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Garlic Roasted Shrimp Cocktail


Serves four to six.

Roasting the shrimp with garlic gives them a punch that's great with my spicy cocktail sauce.

  • 1-1/2 lb. jumbo shrimp (16-20 count), shells peeled, tails left on
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cracked black pepper
  • Cocktail Sauce 

Heat the oven to 450°F. Remove the vein from the shrimp, if necessary. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the shrimp on a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 3 min., turn the shrimp over with tongs, and continue roasting until the shrimp are opaque and firm, another 2 to 4 min. Transfer the shrimp to a shallow dish, cover partially, and refrigerate. When the shrimp are thoroughly chilled (after about 2 hours), serve them with cocktail sauce.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on six servings, Calories (kcal): 130, Fat (kcal): 6, Fat Calories (g): 50, Saturated Fat (g): 1, Protein (g): 18, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4, Carbohydrates (mg): 0, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1, Sodium (g): 390, Cholesterol (g): 170, Fiber (g): 0,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Easy! yummy!

Excellent cocktail sauce!

I have always poached shrimp, but never again. Roasting was just as easy and the shrimp were delicious. I added a generous grind of pepper over the shrimp and made the spicy sauce. A huge hit as an appetizer for New Year's.

This is the best shrimp cocktail EVER! I've served it on Super Bowl Sunday for several years - and everybody goes crazy for it.

Fantastic! Total roasting time was 5 minutes. The shrimp were perfectly cooked. The cocktail sauce recipe is delicious. Has a great kick. My guests couldn't get enough! I will use this recipe again and again.

Excellent and simple. Very highly complimented by my guests. This will become my staple shrimp cocktail recipe. Definitely use a homemade (spicy) cocktail sauce recipe from It was the best as well.

Just discovered this recipe before Xmas - it's delicious & so easy. The sauce is great too. My go-to for shrimp cocktail now. Tks FC

My mom and I made this for a thanksgiving starter this SO GOOD! Everyone said it was the best shrimp cocktail they'd ever had. I don't even like shrimp cocktail, and this was a revelation. YUM!


I have served this recipe several times at christmas. It was a big hit with my mother in law the shrimp snob. Only negative is one time I served after sitting overnight in the frig. It did not have the same punch as when served on same day.

Wherever I go for the holidays, people beg me to bring this dish. I've been able to convince fast food junkies that shrimp rings are a really, really bad idea when fresh, delicious shrimp cocktail is this easy.

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