Sheet-Pan Shrimp Scampi for One

October 31, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: This weeknight dinner for one is inspired by an incredible garlic shrimp I had at a Chinese restaurant in Hawaii. When roasted at high heat in a quarter sheet pan like this, marinated shrimp cooks up gorgeously and begins to caramelize in its own juices, creating a sauce that's made even saucier thanks to a last-minute pat of butter and spritz of lemon juice. Though the usual scampi players are present (garlic, lemon, and red pepper flakes), I went with mirin instead of white wine and soy sauce instead of salt, lending it some of that Waikiki palate. I anticipate that many will wish to skip the optional pinch of sugar, but I implore you not to; for me, anyway, this dish didn't fully come together until that one pinch. But to each their own: That is the point of cooking for yourself, isn't it? You can tailor a recipe to your predilections. As for my predilections, I like to eat this straight out of the pan with a bowl of white rice and an ice-cold beer, just as I had it in Hawaii.Eric Kim

Food52 Review: Featured in: A Sheet-Pan Shrimp Scampi for When You're Alone & Happy Alone.The Editors

Serves: 1
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min


  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch sugar, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 bowl white rice, for serving
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the shrimp, garlic, soy sauce, mirin, olive oil, sugar, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest. Marinate for 10 minutes.
  3. Lay shrimp on a quarter sheet pan in a single layer and roast for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through. Out of the oven, add butter and toss the shrimp until coated and butter is melted, then spritz with lemon half. Serve with white rice.

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Reviews (10) Questions (1)

10 Reviews

Food L. January 10, 2019
Tried this last night, and the flavor was delish!<br />However, I was hoping the edges of the shrimp would be a bit more crisp like it looks in the picture (almost looks broiled), but the shrimp cooked as if I would've just cooked on a pan. Maybe I need to up the oven temperature? Maybe too much of the marinade on the pan? (although even in the video it looks like the pan has lots of marinade..)
MissChristina December 7, 2018
Thank you thank you thank you, for this great recipe. I've only used it twice, but both times, it was the perfect answer to the eternal question: What am I making for dinner tonight?! And when you're a mom trying to feed a kid at the end of a hectic day, at the end of a tiring week, the answer to that question can be tough. This recipe is so easy, so quick, and so convenient, I'm just in awe. On top of the fact that my kid loves all things shrimp, this is the absolute perfect recipe for my family. It is now my go-to.
Stacey A. December 5, 2018
Oh thank you for this recipe! So easy and quick, it has become my favorite weekday dinner. I use lime instead of lemon and serve over rice with peas, avocado, green onion and cilantro if I have it around. Killer!
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Eric K. December 5, 2018
Oh my goodness, that sounds so much better than this one, i.e. something I'd eat. (But my favorite color is green.)
Roy C. November 19, 2018
Simple, fast and great flavors! Adding to my Favorites.
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Eric K. November 19, 2018
Oh yay! Thanks for reporting back.
D Y. November 13, 2018
Yowza! Have to try this soon...and I happen to have a big bag of shrimp in the freezer!
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Eric K. November 13, 2018
piggledy November 9, 2018
This sounds fabulous. Should the marinade include the juice of the first lemon half, or should we include the juice with the butter? We cannot wait to try this!!
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Eric K. November 9, 2018
Thank you! Definitely spritz the juice at the end with the butter, but the zest should go with the marinade and into the oven.