Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

If there is one tasty food item I love its shrimp, and this shrimp cocktail is beyond tasty!

If you are a shrimp cocktail lover like me, you have to try this roasted shrimp cocktail! 

Shrimp cocktail is one of my all-time appetizers and it doesn’t get any easier than roasting!

Appliances mentioned in this post were supplied for free by GE Appliances for review, all opinions are 100% my own.

I’m not sure I can think of a more versatile protein. You can enjoy them hot, cold, or prepared in virtually any way. 

They make the best hors-d’oeuvres and make salads and pasta better tasting and heartier. 

Like chicken, shrimp can be added to almost anything, but shrimp is so much tastier, in my opinion!

My favorite way to make shrimp is to roast it, although my Panko Fried Shrimp is pretty fantastic. 

My delicious roasted Shrimp Cocktail recipe is inspired by Ina Garten, and it is incredible.

Oven Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

There are a couple of components that go into making an incredible roasted shrimp cocktail. 

First, you have to get that amazing roasted flavor and to do that I used a GE Drop-In Electric Range.  It’s really fast and easy. 

Just lay flat about one to two pounds of peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp.  I like to leave the tails on. 

Season and roast at 400°F for only about 8-10 minutes.

The GE Drop-In Electric Range is a beautiful appliance with major technological advantages for home cooking. 

It’s designed to bring water to a boil much faster and the interior has dual heating elements for a more thorough cook. 

The sleek smooth look includes electronic controls, and it’s self-cleaning so it stays glossy even without scrubbing.

Why Do You Leave the Tails On Shrimp?

I mentioned leaving the tail on. This is a point of contention for a lot of people. 

Hopefully, I can put an end to the controversy and before you leave that comment, hear me out!

Leaving the tail on is best practice for a couple of reasons.  First of all, it looks better. 

The presentation is really important because you eat with your eyes first. The tail sort of completes the appearance of the dish. 

It also serves the practical purpose of a handle, giving people something to grab onto when they pick the shrimp up. This is perfect for gatherings. 

You can, of course, use your discretion, but unless you are making a hands-off dish like my Shrimp Coconut Curry, I recommend leaving the tails on.

Can You Eat Shrimp Tails?

Shrimp tails are usually very hard to eat, but they are not inedible. 

Depending on how the shrimp is prepared you can actually eat the whole thing. 

It’s common to eat the tail of deep fried shrimp as long as the tail is super crispy.

Is it Necessary to Devein Shrimp?

Deveining shrimp is part of the cleaning process. 

The “vein” is actually the shrimps’ digestive tract. 

The effects of deveining are more a matter of subtle taste differentiation and presentation than health. 

However, if a shrimp is not deveined, it sends a signal to anyone eating your food that the shrimp has not been cleaned properly.  They may find it off-putting or offensive.

What is Best to Serve with Roasted Shrimp?

As with my roasted shrimp cocktail, there are three things that always go great with shrimp. 

Cocktail Sauce (which I make myself), melted butter, and a lemon, or lime wedge. 

I use lemon wedges, as well as melted drawn butter and my homemade cocktail sauce; which I made the butter using my GE Profile Series Convection Over-the-Range Microwave to make in my Ina Garten inspired roasted shrimp cocktail recipe.

It’s one of my favorite appliances in my kitchen because it handles all types of side dishes and tasks within a really fast time frame, and it allows me to get more done at once. 

Because it is a convection oven as well, I get great versatility and speed when I otherwise would need to work my range.

3 Things I Love About the GE Profile Series Microwave

Sensor Cooking Controls

Good home cooking becomes automatic with this GE convection microwave.  

It’s ideal when you have a lot of things going at once, or if you just want great oven quality food in less time. 

While you cook, sensors automatically adjust time and power for you, so that the meal comes out perfectly cooked.

Chef Connect

With the Chef Connect feature, you can sync the convection microwave to your Chef Connect enabled GE range. 

This means you can sync your clocks and external features of the microwave such as cooktop lighting and the vent. 

So my roasted shrimp cocktail and homemade sauce are made in coordination.

One Touch Cooking

You can create custom cook time settings for things you make all the time so that they cook your way with just one touch.

So, what does this have to do with my roasted shrimp cocktail?!

To have optimal results, I highly suggest these products from GE for your own kitchen, I have really been loving having them as an addition to my daily routine.

What is roasted shrimp cocktail?

This is still a classic shrimp cocktail recipe, but instead of steaming or boiling the shrimp, we roast it!

Roasting the shrimp help to concentrate the flavors of the shrimp while roasting, making for a much for flavorful shrimp cocktail.

All you need to make roasted shrimp cocktail:

  • Peeled and deveined shrimp, I suggest using a large or jumbo style shrimp
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh crack black pepper
  • Plus, dipping sauces such as cocktail sauce and drawn butter
  • Optional: lemon wedges!

Not to mention, this is the easiest method I have found to make shrimp cocktail.

Just season the shrimp, lay them on a sheet tray, roast at 400°F for 8-10 minutes, and you’re done!

How to make roasted shrimp cocktail

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Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

If you are a shrimp cocktail lover like me, you have to try this roasted shrimp cocktail!  
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shrimp cocktail
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Dana at


  • 2 pounds large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 cracks fresh black pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish*
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the peeled and deveined shrimp in a large bowl, add the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine and coat in the seasoning.
  • Place shrimp into a single layer, not touching on to a sheet tray. Roast for 8-10 minutes until the shrimp are pink and cooked through. Serve warm, or chilled.
  • Make the cocktail sauce before serving by mixing together the ketchup and horseradish. Taste, and if you like more of a kick, add more horseradish to your taste. Serve with the shrimp, drawn butter, and lemon wedges. 



*I like to use cream-style prepared horseradish. This is not a premade horseradish sauce, rather it is grated horseradish that comes in a glass jar. You can find it in the refrigerated section by the sour cream and other sauces, or by the fresh seafood section in your grocery store. 


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 315mg | Sodium: 1461mg | Potassium: 211mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 10.2% | Vitamin C: 8.3% | Calcium: 18% | Iron: 14.8%
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