Appetizers & Snacks

The Best Oven-baked Shrimp Cocktail

Learn how to make the ultimate party appetizer. It is a make-head, super easy shrimp cocktail. You’re gonna love this sauce.

It is the perfect make-ahead appetizer, and this literally takes like 15 minutes.

It is so fast, easy, absolutely delicious, and I hope this becomes your new favourite shrimp cocktail.

You’ll never want the store-bought again.

So delicious. Make this for your next party, and it will disappear fast.

How To Make The Best Oven-baked Shrimp Cocktail:

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You need two pounds of peeled and deveined fully thawed shrimp with the tails still on.

Give it a quick rinse under cold water, then, thoroughly pat dry with paper towels.

You will need to make sure there’s no excess water on the shrimp.

If you can find shrimp that are already peeled, that’s even better because it cuts the prep time in half.


Transfer those to a large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle the top with about a tablespoon and a half of olive oil, then sprinkle on half a teaspoon of sea salt and half a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.

Give the shrimp a quick toss to combine, then, spread them in an even single layer on your pan.

Now bake them in the centre of a fully preheated oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

For extra-large, 16 to 20-count shrimp, bake for eight to 10 minutes, and for smaller 21 to 25-count shrimp, bake for six to seven minutes.

Take them out of the oven when they’re just cooked through and they’ve turned pink.

As soon as they come outta the oven, you wanna carefully transfer them right away to a serving platter.

Make sure to get them off of the baking sheet because if they sit on a hot baking sheet, they can overcook.

Set the shrimp aside to cool to room temperature.

Now we’re gonna make that fabulous zesty cocktail sauce.

In a small mixing bowl, combine half a cup of ketchup and half a cup of regular chili sauce.

Next, add three to four tablespoons of prepared horseradish. The horseradish does give it a nice spicy kick, so add this to taste.

Next, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice. And if you don’t have a good lemon squeezer, you’ll love this one.

Next, add a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce and half a teaspoon of hot sauce or add the hot sauce to taste.

Stir everything together to combine, and the sauce will taste pretty spicy at this point, but keep in mind, you wanna refrigerate that sauce for at least an hour and give the flavours a chance to meld and mellow out. 

Transfer the sauce to a serving dish, then, cover the sauce and the shrimp and you wanna refrigerate that for at least an hour or overnight.

This is completely a make-ahead recipe. The shrimp and the sauce taste best when they are fully chilled, so keep it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

The shrimp is nicely chilled, and you wanna make sure that you let that sauce rest at least an hour.

I think it tastes even better the next day because the flavours meld.

to serve, I love adding some lemon wedges so people can squeeze fresh lemon juice over their shrimp. So I have a trick.

Squeeze some fresh lemon juice right over your shrimp.

That combination of flavours in the cocktail sauce, it is the perfect balance of tangy and spicy. You’ve got a little bit of kick from the horseradish sauce and the hot sauce, and you can add those to taste.

If you like a little more heat, add a little more.

Also, when you roast shrimp, it’s so much more flavorful than boiling because the store-bought cocktail rings, that’s usually boiled shrimp.

just this naturally sweet, roasted flavour in it. Anytime you roast any kind of meat or seafood, it always tastes better.

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  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 people 1x


This homemade Shrimp Cocktail is a healthy and flavorful dish and ready in less than 20 minutes. It’s so much better than a store-bought shrimp ring.



Baked Shrimp Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs raw shrimp 16-20 ct, peeled and deveined with tail-on
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lemon cut into 4 wedges to serve ((optional))

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup mild chili sauce we like Heinz
  • 34 Tbsp prepared horseradish or add to taste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed, or to taste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce such as Tabasco, or to taste


  1. Thaw the shrimp according to the directions on the package, then rinse with cold water and dry well with paper towels. Place shrimp on a large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, and sprinkle on 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Stir to combine, then arrange shrimp in a single layer.
  2. Bake at 450˚F for 8-10 min or until shrimp turn pink and are just cooked through. As soon as they come out of the oven, test a shrimp for doneness, then transfer all shrimp to a serving platter. If they stay on the hot baking sheet, they can get overcooked.
  3. Combine all the ingredients for the cocktail sauce and add horseradish and spicy sauce as you like (add more if you like cocktail sauce with a spicy touch and less if you prefer a mild sauce). Cover and refrigerate sauce and shrimp for at least an hour or overnight. Serve chilled.


* If using smaller 18-25 count shrimp, roast 6–7 min

  • Prep Time: 22 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 10
  • Calories: 143
  • Sugar: 5
  • Sodium: 1143
  • Fat: 3
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 8
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 19
  • Cholesterol: 229

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