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Mar 15, 2013 04:47 PM

How to roast shrimp?

I usually saute shrimp but I've read a lot recently about roasted shrimp. What's the best way to do this as I don't want to end up with the dreaded c-shape chewy shrimp monsters? I have a lb of 16-20 shrimp and not sure what to do. I usually saute with some red pepper flakes, lemon, herbs, and olive oil but would love to hear your favorite roasted shrimp recipes.

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  1. Lots of good advice from Fine Cooking, Ina Garten and Our very

    1. Rather than roast, I usually broil -- i.e., the heat source is from above, rather than below. I start by mixing up some seasoned olive oil in a bowl large enough to hold the peeled, raw shrimp (seasoning could be identical to your sauté mixture except I'd omit the lemon), add shrimp, and stir to coat the shrimp thoroughly with oil.. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. For ease of turning, I thread the shrimp on skewers, place on the broiling pan right under the heat source, and broil about 2 minutes on each side. Squeeze lemon juice on the cooked shrimp. Alternate to broiling, you can prepare the same way on a grill.

      1. The trick is to do it quickly at high heat. Get your oven preheated to 500 and lightly coat (don't submerge, either brush on or mist or pat on with your hands) the shrimp with olive oil (EV is best for this). I mix garlic salt, black pepper and a pinch of cayenne in a bowl and sprinkle the shrimp with that mix, holding them by the tail, on both sides (but you could use smoked paprika, a pinch of ginger, or whatever you like).

        Put them on a cooking sheet and cook for NO MORE than 5 minutes...and this is for large shrimp...til they're just barely pink, because they'll continue cooking for a bit after you take them out.

        1. Salt roasted shrimp from Alton Brown:

          My asian wife makes something like this.

          1. Do you find that there is a unique taste to roasted vs sauteed?

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            1. re: fldhkybnva

              To me, they're sweeter when roasted, which is why I sprinkle a bit of cayenne on them in addition to S&P. Frankly, I kind of prefer them sauteed, because I feel they "absorb" the flavors as they cook (as opposed to dipping in a sauce afterward). I usually eat my shrimp nekkid (boiled) or sauteed.