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Easy Baked Stuffed Shrimp

These Easy Baked Stuffed Shrimp are seriously the best! Butterflied shrimp are stuffed with a savory homemade stuffing mixture and baked in the oven. Ready in just 20 minutes!

Why I love this recipe

Are you a seafood lover? This recipe makes a great lunch, dinner, or romantic date night meal for two but also works great as shrimp appetizers for small dinner parties or special occasions. You can serve it as a main course with your favorite sides.

Stuffed Shrimp on a platter.
Best Stuffed Shrimp Recipe for Two

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Ingredients

(amounts are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

large shrimp (size 16 – 20 per lb)

unsalted butter

olive oil

dried minced onion

jarred minced garlic

chicken broth

Salt and black pepper

white bread

fresh parsley

Substitutions and additions

Try sprinkling on some cajun seasoning, old bay seasoning, or hot sauce for a bit of spicy heat.

Equipment used for this recipe

How to make easy stuffed shrimp

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Step 2 – On a cutting board, cut bread into tiny cubes.

Step 3 – Peel the shrimp leaving the tail on.

How to butterfly shrimp

Step 4 – Butterfly shrimp by inserting a paring knife about three-quarters of the way into the shrimp near the head and cutting nearly all the way down the center of the back of the shrimp to the tail, leaving the front of the shrimp intact.

image showing how to butterfly shrimp for stuffing.

Step 5 – Remove the vein with the tip of the knife.

Step 6 – Spray a shallow baking dish or baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Step 7 – Open the cut shrimp until it lies flat. Place shrimp cut side down on the prepared baking dish.

Step 8 – Press the flat part of the shrimp gently down to make it even flatter.

For the stuffing

Step 9 – In a frying pan over medium heat, cook the butter, olive oil, dried minced onion, minced garlic, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir for 3 minutes.

stuffing broth mixture cooking in a pan.

Step 10 – Stir in bread cubes and chopped parsley until combined.

Stuffing for Baked Stuffed Shrimp in a frying pan.
Stuffing for Baked Stuffed Shrimp

Step 11 – Use a melon baller to scoop the stuffing mixture into butterflied shrimp.

stuffed shrimps on a baking sheet.

Step 12 – Curl the shrimp tails over top of the stuffing mixture.

Step 13 – Bake for 5 – 8 minutes until the stuffing is golden brown and the shrimp are cooked through.

Step 14 – Remove pan from oven and sprinkle stuffed shrimp with more parsley if desired. Serve immediately.

12 easy butterflied and baked stuffed prawns on a platter.
Baked Shrimp with Stuffing

Pro Tips

Bake longer for jumbo shrimp larger than 16-20 size.

Recipe FAQs

Do you take shrimp out of the freezer the night before?

Thawing shrimp is easy. Move the frozen package of shrimp from the freezer to the fridge the night before you want to use it. Allow it to thaw overnight, or for up to 24 hours. To prevent drips, put the package in a bowl or lay it flat in a baking dish.

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12 stuffed shrimp on a platter

Easy Baked Stuffed Shrimp

These Easy Baked Stuffed Shrimp are seriously the best! Butterflied shrimp are stuffed with a savory homemade stuffing mixture and baked in the oven. Ready in 20 minutes!
4.49 from 50 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Seafood
Cuisine American
Servings 12 stuffed shrimp
Calories 57 kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 large shrimp (size 16 – 20 per lb)
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 slices white bread

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • On a cutting board, cut bread into tiny cubes.
  • Peel the shrimp leaving the tail on.
  • Butterfly shrimp by inserting a paring knife about three-quarters of the way into the shrimp near the head and cutting nearly all the way down the center of the back of the shrimp to the tail, leaving the front of the shrimp intact.
  • Remove the vein with the tip of the knife.
  • Spray a shallow baking dish or baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  • Open the cut shrimp until it lies flat. Place shrimp cut side down on the prepared baking dish.
  • Press the flat part of the shrimp gently down to make it even flatter.
  • In a frying pan over medium heat, cook the butter, olive oil, dried minced onion, minced garlic, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in bread cubes and chopped parsley until combined.
  • Use a melon baller to scoop the stuffing mixture into butterflied shrimp.
  • Curl the shrimp tails over top of the stuffing mixture.
  • Bake for 5 – 8 minutes until the stuffing is golden brown and the shrimp are cooked through.
  • Remove pan from oven and sprinkle stuffed shrimp with more parsley if desired. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Bake longer for jumbo shrimp larger than 16-20 size.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 80mgPotassium: 34mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 106IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 0.2mg
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Shirley

Friday 5th of June 2020

I can’t wait to try this! I’m wondering if you could do this with scallops as well? Thoughts?

Zona

Friday 5th of June 2020

Hi Shirley, I have never tried stuffing scallops but that sure sounds like a delicious idea to me! Let me know if you try it and how it turns out :)

Bernadette

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

Would love to add crabmeat.. your thoughts?

Zona

Thursday 4th of June 2020

Hi Bernadette, I have a separate recipe for Crab Stuffed Shrimp that you might like. You can find it using the search feature on this website. Adding crab to this recipe might be possible but I think it would make too much stuffing for this amount of shrimp.

Tracey

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Should use a low sodium broth ended up being too salty.

Zona

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Hi Tracey, low sodium broth is definitely a great option for anyone who prefers less salt. Thank you :)

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