Today’s BBQ shrimp recipe is an effortless cook-out that takes place in your own kitchen.
The oven may be just a box with hot sticks, but it is thanks to this brilliant innovation that you’re able to make BBQ feasts in the comfort of your own kitchen. Blasting the food with hot air, the oven gives it a juicy interior and caramelized finish just like a grill would.
The food may not have that smoky taste of a BBQ, but for busy people, that’s a pretty fair trade for convenience. All there needs to be done is season the food, place it in there, turn some knobs, and wait.
Today's recipe is all about that convenience; plus, we make sure that the shrimp is drenched in the concentrated BBQ sauce before letting it cook effortlessly in the oven. It will come out juicy, sticky, slightly charred, and packed with flavors.
We complement it with tender, juicy textures from some baked (we like to call it grilled, actually) potato wedges and corn on the cob alongside. And yes, they are really buttery.
If you’ve got a bit more time and energy, our BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe is another excellent BBQ-inspired dish to try out.
Is BBQ Shrimp Healthy?
BBQ shrimp tends to be high in sodium. It comes from the sauce, seasonings, possibly butter, and even the shrimp—containing a small amount.
With all sodium sources in mind and several tweaks, we were able to craft this BBQ shrimp recipe to contain only around 572 mg sodium, while still ensuring it’s not short on flavor.
Besides certain restrictions, healthy eating also involves adding variety into your diet. That’s why we include potatoes and corn alongside the dish, bringing healthy complex carbs and extra micronutrients to the protein-rich meal.
Within them you’ll find:
Vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, and more, in potatoes.
Vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B9, magnesium, etc. in corn.
For a BBQ, you want medium to large shrimp as smaller ones just don’t cut it — they work much better in a stir-fry or fried rice.
While we prefer our prawns peeled, some enjoy grilled shrimp more shell and head on. They are actually safe to consume and taste great when properly grilled. We provide measurements for both peeled and whole shrimp in the recipe card, in case you want to try cooking with whole shrimp.
They are marinated with:
Ketchup, Sriracha, and honey
Smoked paprika and chili powder. (Sweet paprika may also be used.)
Salt and pepper
Olive oil (or canola oil)
This scented, sweet, tangy, savory concoction might not compare to real BBQ sauce, but it's a very close alternative made from ingredients you might already have at home. Plus, we get to control its sodium content better—the ones we saw were very high in sodium.
Sometimes liquid smoke is added to BBQ marinades to replicate that smoky flavor of on-the-grill meat. The experience is definitely something, but we wouldn't consider it authentic.
We brush the potato wedges and corn with butter, lightly season with salt and pepper, and scatter chopped parsley over the top before baking. For the corn, cut the cobs into rounds about 2 inches in thickness. You can leave them as is or slice each round in half lengthways and face the kernels up so they all grill evenly.
How We Made Our BBQ Shrimp in the Oven
Both the potatoes and corn can take quite some time to cook in the oven. So, while the shrimp were marinating, we placed both in a bowl, covered it with plastic wrap, and microwaved it.
While the vegetables were microwaving, we tossed the shrimp with the marinade and let it sit in the fridge. While waiting, we turned the oven to 450°F and lined the baking tray with foil.
Once the vegetables finished microwaving, we placed them onto the tray and brushed them with room-temperature butter. For easier application, you can microwave the butter for about 10 seconds or until it melts slightly.
The vegetables were then scattered with salt and parsley, and broiled on the top rack. When they were done, we transferred them into a clean bowl, placed the marinated shrimp onto the tray, then broiled the shrimp on the top rack as well.
Here’s the entire process:
Microwave the corn and potatoes.
Marinate the shrimp.
Brush vegetables with butter, season them, and broil them.
Broil the shrimp.
Storing and Reheating BBQ Shrimp
Place any leftovers you have in air-tight containers and store them in the fridge. They should last for about 4 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer, as with cooked seafood in general.
To reheat, transfer your desired portion to a microwave-safe container and microwave it; or bake it once again at the same cooking temperature, until heated through. It should take 1-2 minutes in the microwave and 10-15 minutes in the oven.
15 oz corn on the cobs (cut into 2” thick segments)
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic (minced)
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp Heinz ketchup
2 tsp Sriracha
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp parsley (chopped)
Place 24 oz potatoes and 15 oz corn into a large bowl; cover it with plastic wrap and microwave for 12 minutes on medium power. If the bowl is too large for the microwave, consider doing this step in two batches.
In another bowl toss 13 oz peeled shrimp with 3 tbsp ketchup, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp honey, 1/2 tbsp lime juice, 2 tsp Sriracha, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, and 1/4 tsp chili powder. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and transfer the microwaved vegetables onto it. Brush them with 2 tbsp unsalted butter, scatter 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tbsp parsley over the top, and slide them into the top rack to cook for 12 minutes.
Keep the cooked vegetables in a large bowl and set aside. Spread the marinated shrimp onto that same baking sheet, and cook them on the top rack for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle 1 tbsp parsley over the top of the shrimp. Serve it with baked corn and potatoes.
How to Make BBQ Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 499Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Vitamin A 646IU
Vitamin C 25mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
a mouthwatering and easy-to-make recipe that's perfect for a quick and flavorful dinner option