How to make flavorful and juicy lemon pepper shrimp broiled on a sheet pan in under 10 minutes
I am on a never-ending quest to make dinner as quick and easy as possible because between running Dash of Jazz, working out, and maintaining some kind of social life, my weekday evenings after I hang up my corporate clothes are almost always full. Quick and easy doesn't mean I'm willing to sacrifice on the flavor, though. So today we're talking about one of my latest and greatest sheet pan recipe ideas for dinner: tasty, perfectly cooked lemon pepper skrimps (yes, I said skrimps) in the oven. In about 10 minutes flat. Want to learn how to cook perfect shrimp in the oven every time? Let's get into it!
If you like easy shrimp recipes, check these out, too.
- Broiled Garlic Butter Shrimp & Scallops
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- Suya Shrimp Kebabs in the Oven
Lemon Pepper Sauce for Shrimp
The sauce is what brings this easy oven broiled shrimp recipe together. It smells fantastic and I won't blame you if you want to put it on lots of other savory things once you try it. You probably have everything you need to make my lemon pepper shrimp kebabs marinade already in your kitchen.
- Black Pepper
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Lemon Juice
- Lemon Zest
- Olive Oil or Melted Butter
- Sea Salt
What to Serve with Lemon Pepper Shrimp Kebabs
The bright, peppery flavor of this shrimp pairs wonderfully with so many different side dishes. I love serving oven broiled shrimp over yellow rice with one or two vegetable options. Here are a few more side ideas to eat with your lemon pepper shrimp.
- Garlicky Green Beans
- Parmesan Red Potatoes
- Roasted Carrots
- Smoky Jollof Rice
- Sweet & Spicy Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
Tips for Making This Recipe
- Do I need to marinate the shrimp ahead of time? You don't need to but it never hurts to let that flavor really get in there good. If you have a bit of time to spare, you can let this shrimp sit in the lemon pepper sauce for up to 10 minutes but no longer. Otherwise, you'll have more of a ceviche type situation on your hands and the shrimp won't really cook in the oven. It's also prone to getting rubbery in texture at this point.
- How to know when shrimp is done in the oven? Just like with other cooking methods, shrimp cooks quickly in the oven. You can tell visually, when the shrimp curls up into more of a "C" shape. The color will be opaque and an orange or coral rather than translucent and gray.
- Should I soak the skewers before cooking in the oven? You can use either metal skewers or wooden skewers for these broiled kebabs. Just note that you'll need to soak wooden ones in water for about 30 minutes beforehand so that they don't burn in the oven.
- What is a sheet pan? A sheet pan is a flat baking sheet with raised edges, which makes it perfect for containing juices and oils in this recipe. They come in full, half, and quarter sheet sizes. This half sheet pan will work really well for your sheet pan shrimp needs.
As a side note, you can also bring this citrus shrimp recipe to the grill as the weather gets warmer! I am excited to bring you more easy eats all spring and summer so stay tuned for that. And sharing is caring so make sure you pin this lemon butter broiled shrimp recipe on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
How to Cook Shrimp Skewers in the Oven
Broiled shrimp kebabs in a simple lemon pepper sauce
- 1 pound raw shrimp cleaned and peeled
- 1 lemon juiced and zested
- 3 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
- ¾ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a sheet pan with non-stick oil and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the zest and juice from one lemon with melted butter (or olive oil), black pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, and sea salt. Stir until uniform.
Add shrimp to bowl of lemon pepper sauce and mix with a spoon or your hands until evenly coated.
Divide shrimp into four equal portions and thread each portion onto a skewer. Place each skewer onto prepared sheet pan.
Place sheet pan on top rack of oven. Cook for about six minutes or until shrimp are a deep orange/coral color and no longer translucent.