5 Ingredients or Fewer

Shrimp à la Bittman

July  6, 2010
4 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

A few months ago I wrote about how I like to poach shrimp (and other fish and shellfish) in olive oil. And I still do! But I also like to cook shrimp using a method I learned from Mark Bittman. He slathers shrimp in a loose green sauce and roasts them at 500 degrees (I do 450). The shrimp emerge, unscathed by the heat -- cooked through quickly enough that they remain delicate and plump, with a juicy snap. Recently, I pared down the recipe even more, giving the shrimp a slick of oil, and lemon and lime zest, showering them with the citrus juices at the table. —Amanda Hesser

What You'll Need
  • 2 pounds medium or large shrimp, shelled and cleaned
  • Grated zest and juice of 2 small lemons
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt
  1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees. If you're thinking ahead, earlier in the day, combine the zests with the olive oil -- if you're like me and doing this last minute, toss the shrimp with the zests and olive oil. Season with salt. Spread the shrimp in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Squeeze a little lemon juice on top of the shrimp and place in the oven. Roast until the shrimp is just cooked through and still bouncy to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the shrimp from the oven, douse with lemon and lime juice and pour into a serving bowl. Eating with your fingers is allowed in my house.

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Amanda Hesser

Recipe by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.

21 Reviews

kkelleycooks August 29, 2018
Can you use this with sea scallops, and if so how long would you bake them?
Amanda H. August 30, 2018
Yes, scallops should work! It depends on their size, but I would start checking them after 5 minutes. Let us know how it goes.
Rachel June 13, 2018
what about if the shrimp are frozen?
Amanda H. June 14, 2018
Defrost them first. They will likely cook faster so keep an eye on them!
Connie B. June 4, 2018
I roast medium shrimp at 400 for 5 minutes and people tell me I overcook them. Can this time/temp be correct for this recipe?
Amanda H. June 4, 2018
It's possible that your oven runs hot, but it also seems that various people on this thread of comments have had different experiences -- for some, 8 minutes was perfect; for others, not. If 5 minutes at 400F is overcooking the shrimp in your oven, I'd try 3 and take a look -- you can always put them back in!
Melissa C. June 28, 2017
OMG. These are AMAZING. My shrimp were huge -- like prawns -- so the 8 minutes was right on point. Light, refreshing. Loved it.
LovelyVelocity December 7, 2014
Tbird: You overcooked the shrimp! If cooked correctly, this is a winner.
Tbird December 7, 2014
I know. Bummed me out. Should have watched more carefully. Would have been perfect at only 4 minutes. Next time!
Tbird December 7, 2014
Wow. I would have been kicked off Top Chef, Master Chef and Iron Chef for this one. Why? The shrimp were as tough as shoe leather. This may be the first time I've had to write a negative review on a recipe, but maybe it was me? I even went under the time cooking in the oven - about 7-8 minutes. It was a shame (particularly because it took so long to de-shell and de-vein!) The sauce was delicious. Certainly made up for it, but overall got a big thumbs down from my family. I should have watched them in the oven more carefully, I guess.
Dina M. May 25, 2014
however good you think this might be--it's better than that. sadly there are no left overs here. a perfect, refreshing summery treatment for shrimp. served mine with stir-fried brown rice with crushed nori and toasted sesame seeds. kind of delicious mixed up with the shrimp.
Stubor November 11, 2012
Kind of like a quicky ceviche (but cooked).
Shalini May 29, 2012
Oh I've been wanting to try the Shrimp In Green Sauce you've put in the Essential NYT Cookbook...but may try this first!
Shalini June 5, 2012
We tried it, and 6 year old had seconds the next day at lunch. The shrimp were sweet and tasty and not overcooked! Great recipe.
Amanda H. June 5, 2012
So glad it was a success!
oregon C. May 23, 2012
Was looking for an easy prawn recipe without the usual scampi garlic breath. This was fabulous & will be my new quick go-to.
Airi @. February 24, 2012
This looks yummy and Simple... can't wait to try tonight. Have some leftover shrimp in my fridge (BONUS!!!)
artfulgourmet April 14, 2011
What a great, simple way to make shrimp. Sounds refreshing and delicious..can't wait to make this! You can also saute the shrimp with some olive oil, lemon juice, white wine and red pepper flakes to make it a bit more spicy/Spanish style...
cowgirlculture December 14, 2010
Oh my gosh - AMAZING! This was fantastic and wonderful! Thank you!
LovelyVelocity August 5, 2010
This is a terrific way to make shrimp! I made a simpler version this evening. My limes were too old to get any zest from them. All I did was shellac the shrimp with olive oil, add lime juice, and bake at 450 for eight minutes. A new favorite!
Amanda H. August 5, 2010
Glad you thought so, too!