Crunchy Baked Shrimp in Garlic Butter Sauce (Prawns)
Here’s an incredible way to cook shrimp in the oven – baked in a lemon garlic butter white wine sauce, finished with a golden crunchy parmesan breadcrumb topping. People call it Magic Baked Shrimp – because it’s so simple to make, yet it tastes like a million bucks. It’s basically an oven baked Shrimp Scampi!
When you bake shrimp in the oven, you simply can’t achieve that same caramelization that you get from searing prawns on the stove or grill, which means less flavor.
And frankly, shrimp is pricey compared to other day-to-day proteins. So when I cook it, I’m not going to compromise! So here are the two things in this recipe that adds an extra edge to compensation for loss of flavor because we can’t caramelize shrimp in the oven: White wine reduction flavor base – white wine is the “secret ingredient” that gives many sauces a flavor edge to take them from fine to soooo tasty!! It’s used in the classic recipe for Garlic Prawns/Shrimp and it’s essential to include for Baked Shrimp to make a seriously amazing sauce!! That crunchy parmesan breadcrumb topping – Texture! Flavor! This is an effortless, utterly incredible way to cook shrimp in the oven that’s worthy of company!
- 500g/ 1 lb jumbo prawns/shrimp , peeled and deveined (Note 1)
- 3/4 cup dry white wine (sub chicken broth)
- 75g/ 5 tbsp unsalted butter , melted
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 garlic cloves , minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- CRUNCHY TOPPING:
- 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (Note 2)
- 1/4 cup parmesan , finely shredded
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1.5 tbsp olive oil
- Finely chopped parsley