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Salt Roasted Shrimp

A simple and delicious method for making salt roasted shrimp by cooking shell-on shrimp in a hot salted cast-iron skillet served with a flavorful lemon garlic butter sauce. 

Skillet of salt roasted shrimp with butter sauce and lemon in the background

If you’ve never tried this cooking method for shrimp, then you’re in for a treat with this salt-roasted shrimp recipe. This mess-free method is such an easy way to make perfectly cooked moist shrimp, by simply roasting them in their shell over a bed of rock salt. This roasting method brings out the sweetness and flavor of the shrimp. You’ll need a heavy cast-iron skillet for best results. You can even toss peppercorns and herbs in the mix for added flavor infusion. Also, don’t miss out on the dipping sauce, it makes roasted shrimp over-the-top amazing!

Salt Roasted Shrimp in a skillet

How To Salt Roast Shrimp 

  • Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F
  • Spread rock salt all over the bottom of a cast-iron skillet, enough to cover the bottom about an inch thick
  • Place the salt-covered skillet in the hot oven for 5-7 minutes to get really hot
  • Arrange the shrimp, shell-on, on top of the salt
  • Roast the shrimp for 6-7 minutes, until just opaque in the center (do not overcook!)

rock salt in a cast-iron skillet

How To Make Herbed Butter Dip For Roasted Shrimp

  • Melt 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan (I use the Land O’Lakes butter olive oil blend sticks) over low heat
  • Add the lemon, garlic, and parsley and stir until garlic is soft
  • Serve with the roasted shrimp for dipping  
cooked shrimp over rock salt in a cast iron skillet

Salt Roasted Shrimp

A simple and delicious method for making salt roasted shrimp by cooking shell-on shrimp in a hot salted cast-iron skillet served with a flavorful lemon garlic butter sauce. 
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: seafood
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 113kcal
Author: Amee

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Colossal Wild-Caught Gulf Shrimp
  • 2-3 cups rock salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup butter with olive oil and sea salt Land O' Lakes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  • Spread rock salt in the bottom of a large cast iron skillet, enough to cover the bottom about an inch thick
  • Place skillet in the hot oven for 5-7 minutes to get really hot, then arrange shrimp (shell-on) on top of the salt
  • Roast the shrimp on the salt for 6-7 minutes, until just opaque in the center.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat, then add the lemon, garlic and parsley
  • Stir until garlic is soft, then serve with the roasted shrimp for dipping.

Notes

Nutrition info is for shrimp only.

Nutrition

Calories: 113kcal | Protein: 23g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 57468mg | Potassium: 102mg | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 3mg
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*I always look for good quality seafood harvested from our gulf coast waters.

You can learn more about gulf seafood and the importance of knowing the sourcing of seafood in my post about My Gulf Coast Experience with The Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition.

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12 Comments

  1. I love how simple this is! When I’m up again I’m going to surprise my family with this!

  2. I am a shrimp fiend and will absolutely be making this! I also try to seek out shrimp from the gulf – I go to Whole Foods purposely for the frozen brand they carry.

  3. What a cool idea! Seems like something fun for the kids, almost like a science project. Super creative.

  4. Oh my goodness, I would love to try this! And, btw, good to hear the lymph node news in last post

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