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Cooked shrimp with lemon wedges on a white square plate with cocktail sauce in a round bowl next to the shimp

Easy Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

  • Author: Gitta Grether-Sweeney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 50 shrimp 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Shrimp cocktail is a classic appetizer guaranteed to be a hit at parties or other gatherings.  Chilled shrimp and a tangy cocktail sauce are perfect pairings.  The dish is not only delicious but also easy to make. 


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  • 2 pounds 21-25 count, thawed, peeled, tail-on raw shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons old-fashioned horseradish, (not creamy)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice



  1.  Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2.  Spray a sheet pan with pan-release spray.
  3.  In a bowl or directly on the sheet pan, toss shrimp with olive oil and salt.
  4.  Place shrimp on a sheet pan.  Be sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  5.  Bake 4-5 minutes until the shrimp turns pink.  Be careful not to overcook the shrimp.
  6.  Place shrimp on a plate or shallow bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

Cocktail Sauce

  1. In a small bowl (16 ounces), combine ketchup, horseradish, and lemon juice.  
  2. Stir until combined. Refrigerator until ready to use.


Serve the shrimp on a platter garnished with lemon wedges.  If the shrimp will be at room temperature longer than 30 minutes, place the platter of shrimp over a slightly larger platter or bowl lined with ice.


  • Serving Size: 1 Shrimp dipped in Sauce
  • Calories: 28
  • Sugar: 1.4 g
  • Sodium: 102.2 mg
  • Fat: 0.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 3.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 29.6 mg

Keywords: shrimp, appetizer, cocktail sauce, shrimp cocktail