Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail is an easy make-ahead appetizer that is perfect for a party! This six ingredient appetizer can be made in 15 minutes and is SO easy!

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail piled on top of each other on a white serving platter with a square bowl of shrimp cocktail sauce in the background.

Shrimp cocktail is an appetizer that is hit or miss, for me. Sometimes the grocery-store packed shrimp can be less than appetizing. I prefer big hearty shrimp that have some flavor to them. That's why I absolutely love this Roasted Shrimp Cocktail recipe!

I use large shrimp that get tossed in a simple but flavorful combination of Italian seasoning, lemon zest, garlic, and red pepper flakes for a kick. They are perfect for bringing to a party with some shrimp cocktail sauce.

If you're looking for other make-ahead appetizer recipes, check out my Dill Pickle Dip, Bacon Jam, and Holiday Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball!

Jump to:

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Six Ingredients - this recipe only uses six ingredients and one of them is olive oil! Pantry staples like herbs and garlic are also used.
  • Quick - this is a breeze to put together and cooks in 12 minutes or less.
  • Make Ahead - this appetizer is perfect to make ahead of time, making it an easy party appetizer. My Goat Cheese Truffles are also great to make ahead of time!
  • Served Cold - since this appetizer is served cold, you don't have to worry about warming it up or keeping it warm during a party.


Shrimp - I use 12-15 count frozen shrimp from Costco, that is peeled, de-veined, and tail-on. I think the tail-on is important for shrimp cocktail since it is a finger food.

Olive Oil - this coats the shrimp and gives the herbs something to stick to on the shrimp. I like to use good olive oil since it is a main ingredient in this dish.

Lemon - lemon zest and lemon juice are added to this shrimp to give them a fresh lemony flavor!

Fresh Garlic - for delicious garlic flavor.

Red Pepper Flakes - this gives the shrimp a little bit of heat! It's not overpowering but it's a fun twist on traditional shrimp cocktail.

Italian Seasoning - adds even more flavor to the shrimp.

I also serve this with a shrimp cocktail sauce. You can make your own or use store-bought. I like using Trader Joe's brand.

Step by Step Instructions

Photo 1. In a large bowl, add the shrimp. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes.

Photo 2. Add fresh minced garlic, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Toss well to combine.

Photo 3. Evenly arrange the shrimp in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet pan.

Photo 4. Roast at 425 degrees for 8-12 minutes. The shrimp should be pink, no longer opaque, and curled. Serve topped with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes. You can make this shrimp up to one day in advance. I think it tastes better on the second day.

Is this shrimp cocktail served cold or warm?

I serve it straight from the refrigerator, just like traditional shrimp cocktail. You can definitely serve it immediately after roasting, for a warmer shrimp cocktail.

What should I serve with the shrimp?

I serve it with shrimp cocktail sauce. You can make your own or use store-bought. I like the Trader Joe's brand. To make your own, simply combine ¾ cup of ketchup with 1-2 teaspoons of Horseradish. Easy and delish!

What if I don't like spice?

This recipe isn't too spicy, but it does have a little kick. You can omit the red pepper flakes if you don't want any spice at all.

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail on a rectangle white plate with a square bowl of shrimp cocktail sauce next to it.

Other Appetizer Recipes to Consider

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating on this recipe below and leave a comment, or take a photo and tag me on Instagram with #greensnchocolate.

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

An easy 15 minutes appetizer that can be served warm or cold!
Print Pin Rate
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 172kcal


  • 2 lbs shrimp peeled, de-veined, tail-on (12-15 count)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • juice from 1 lemon


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, add the shrimp, olive oil, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
  • Toss well to combine.
  • Evenly spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. The shrimp should be pink throughout and curled.
  • Serve with shrimp cocktail sauce. Enjoy!


  • You can serve this immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 
  • It can be served warm or cold.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 243mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Mention @greensnchocolate to let me know!
Need more ideas?Find all of my recipe pins @greenschocolate

Join The Conversation


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating