Baked Shrimp with Garlic, Fresh Herbs and Red Pepper Paste

On my Sicilian side of the family, they really love shrimp. My aunts bake it in the oven with some very simple ingredients like garlic, parsley and olive oil. The taste, smell and flavor is everything I remember about Sicilian summers and about my family here and there. I never really learned the exact recipe for it, but after tasting it so many times in my life, I’m not really sure I even need one- I know how it’s supposed to taste and don’t mind experimenting with it until I get that right.

Tough job, I know…

up close of shrimp with fresh garden herbs

So, it’s pretty easy to conclude what should be done with the gift of two pounds of shrimp. Yes, I said gift. These are the kinds of things people give me…regularly.

I’d also been experimenting with this new jar of Muhammara that Nadia Hubbi of Sweet Pillar & Co. gave me to try. It’s been in my pantry for months since we moved, had the Summer Ramadan Cooking Chicago Cookbook Tour, etc. etc. I just never had a chance to try that, until now– and now I’m putting this Muhammara, or red pepper paste, on everything. 

Because it’s just that good.

shrimp with fresh garden herbs

So much so that I decided to put a twist on my family’s Sicilian style way of making baked shrimp by kicking up the spice a notch- and boy, was it worth it!

after cooking shrimp in oven

We had a little leftover pasta from the night before’s Iftar, so we first ate this dish with pasta; then, since we also had a bit of rice left over, we put this shrimp dish on top for the remainder of our Iftar dinner.

nice vertical baked shrimp


pretty baked shrimp

And so simple, quick and easy. I mean it when I tell you that my mission is to keep you out of the kitchen as much as possible in Ramadan- who needs all that fuss over food?

I sure don’t.

Enjoy the recipe!

Baked Shrimp with Garlic, Fresh Herbs and Red Pepper Paste

By Yvonne Published: August 2, 2013

  • Yield: 4-6 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15-20 mins
  • Ready In: 25 mins

A short time in the oven and this shrimp dish is sure to please you and your guest. A no-fuss dinner that's simple to serve over rice or pasta, and totally satisfying, too.



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Prepare a large baking dish by lining it with parchment paper. This not only helps to make clean up easier, but also helps to save a lot of the sauce or liquid that will result after baking.
  3. Place the shrimp on the parchment paper and dab with paper towels to remove any ice particles or moisture.
  4. Add the chopped garlic and freshly chopped herbs on top.
  5. Dollop the red pepper paste and the tomato paste on top of the shrimp, too. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the sea salt on top.
  6. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, uncovered. Thoroughly mix all of the ingredients so that the pepper paste and oil is completely combined with the shrimp.
  7. Continue baking, uncovered, for an additional 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving atop of rice or pasta.
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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  1. This sounds delicious. I am going to a picnic and wonder how this dish would be as a cold pasta salad.

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