Life update: we are now cooking all our meals in the wood fire oven. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. However, we are having so much fun creating new recipes in this thing! Today we’ve got a Baked Parmesan Crusted Shrimp recipe for you that is so easy and delicious. Let’s dive into all these buttery details! 

The baked Parmesan Crusted Shrimp garnished and ready to serve.

Whether you’re making these as an easy appetizer or as a main dish, this tasty shrimp recipe is hard to beat. All you need are a few simple ingredients, so let’s get started. 

Why You’ll Love Parmesan Crusted Shrimp

This simple shrimp dish is super easy – like, no-hassle, minimal-effort kind of easy. You just coat those juicy shrimp in a crispy layer of Parmesan goodness and throw ’em on the fire. Simple, right?

Next, we have the flavor. Parmesan, garlic, and a hint of paprika – that’s the dream team right there. The result? Shrimp that are crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, and bursting with buttery garlic goodness. Plus, it’s baked, not fried, so you get all the crispiness without the mess.

Baking the parmesan crusted shrimp.

And here’s the kicker – it’s versatile. Whip it up for a quick weeknight dinner, impress your guests as a fancy appetizer, or you could also toss it on a big salad for a light lunch. 

Want more shrimp recipes? Try our Chili Butter Steak and Shrimp, Honey Tequila Lime Shrimp, Spanish Garlic Shrimp, and Spicy Tequila Lime Shrimp Skewers.

​Parmesan Crusted Shrimp INGREDIENTS


  • Shrimp – Use large shrimp or jumbo shrimp for this recipe because they won’t dry out as easily as smaller shrimp. 
  • Chopped Parsley for garnish


  • Kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, red chili flakes, dried oregano and dried thyme will help us season this shrimp to perfection!
  • Lemon
  • Canola Oil – Helps the shrimp develop a crispy crust. 


  • Melted Butter – Helps the breadcrumbs stick to the shrimp. 
  • Grated Parmesan cheese – You can use pre-grated cheese or grate it yourself. 
  • Bread Crumbs or Panko Crumbs – Helps create a crispy crust on the outside of the shrimp.
  • Garlic Paste – Adds a kick of flavor. 


I started by getting a fire ripping in the oven. I prepped the shrimp while that fire was breaking down into those orange coals I love so much.

In a small bowl, I mixed together all my shrimp seasonings, namely some oregano, thyme, and red chili flakes for some spice! Then toss all those spices on the shrimp. Then I added the juice from one lemon and a bit of oil. Next, I mixed the shrimp, making sure each of them received a good coating of our seasoning. 

The raw shrimp before being placed in the oven.

Once the shrimp are prepped, place them in your skillet. I normally just toss the shrimp into the skillet, but I actually placed each shrimp one at a time this go-round. I had so many shrimp and wanted to make sure they all cooked evenly within the skilled.

It’s also my attempt of trying to do something fancier… maybe it’s a sad attempt, but we all have to start somewhere. Now, take those shrimp and set them in the fridge. We won’t start cooking them until the parmesan crust mixture is prepped and ready to go.


You know how some people pair bacon with anything and everything? Well, I’m like those people but with cheese. If there’s a way to pair cheese with my meal, then you best believe I’m going to make it happen! This Baked Parmesan Crusted Shrimp recipe is no different. 

You only need four things for this parmesan crust. The first one? Parmesan. Obviously. The other three, maybe not so obvious ingredients, are bread crumbs, garlic paste, and butter.

The sizzling parmesan crusted shrimp.

The bread crumbs help thicken this mixture so it will turn into an actual crust. The butter is there to help bring the parmesan and bread crumbs together while also binding it to the shrimp. The garlic is just there for flavor, and we’re all happy about it!

You’ll want this mixture to have something similar to a peanut butter consistency, so add more butter and/or bread crumbs as needed. It’s going to be so delicious on our parmesan crusted shrimp!

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Alright, y’all. These shrimp cook fast, so be ready once it’s go time. You’ll start by placing the shrimp in the oven without the parmesan crust. After they’ve cooked for a minute or so (and are starting to turn orange in color), pull them from the oven and add the parmesan crust. Spread the mixture across all the shrimp before putting them back in the oven for two to three more minutes. 

A close up of the garnished shrimp sitting on the oven lip.

Pull the Baked Parmesan Crusted Shrimp from the oven once that crust is golden brown in color and you hear that butter popping. All that’s left to do is garnish with some parsley and serve. Best enjoyed with friends and family! Cheers!

Parmesan Crusted Shrimp Tips 

  • Serve with lemon wedges on the side. 
  • If you don’t have panko breadcrumbs, you can use regular breadcrumbs. 
  • Depending on the size of the shrimp, you may have to adjust the cooking time. 

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How to Store Leftovers & Reheat

Store leftover parmesan crusted shrimp in an airtight container for 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. 

To reheat:

  1. Place a large skillet on the stove top on medium heat. 
  2. Add your shrimp to the skillet and cook for a few minutes or until warm. 

You can also reheat them in a single layer in the air fryer basket at 350F for 2-3 minutes. 

What to serve with parmesan crusted shrimp

Serve over a bed of angel hair pasta or with a side of crispy fries. If you want to keep things low carb, pair your shrimp with spaghetti squash for an easy meal. 

Recipe FAQs

Can I make the entire recipe in the oven?

Absolutely. Place your shrimp on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and pop them into a 400F oven for around 8-10 minutes. 

Do I need to peel and devein the shrimp before starting this recipe?

Yes., We need to take the shells off so the parmesan crust will stick to the shrimp. 

How long does the shrimp take to cook?

The cook time is only 10 minutes for this recipe. Super quick!

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Baked Parmesan Crusted Shrimp

Baked Parmesan Crusted Shrimp

If there’s a way to pair cheese with my meal, you best believe I’m doing it! This Baked Parmesan Crusted Shrimp recipe is no different.
Author:Derek Wolf
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 People



  • 1.5 lbs of Shrimp peeled & deveined
  • Chopped Parsley for garnish


  • 2 tsp of Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp of Black Pepper
  • 1.5 tsp of Garlic Powder
  • 1.5 tsp of Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 tsp of Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp of Dried Thyme
  • 1 Lemon zested & juiced
  • 1 tbsp of Canola Oil

Parmesan Crust:

  • 2.5 tbsp of Melted Butter
  • 2.5 tbsp of Grated Parmesan
  • 1.5 tbsp of Bread Crumbs or Panko Crumbs
  • 2 tsp of Garlic Paste


  • Preheat your grill or wood fire oven to indirect cooking around 400F.
  • In a bowl add your shrimp along with the seasoning. Mix together thoroughly.
  • Add the shrimp onto a large skillet spread out enough so that they cook evenly.
  • In a bowl, add all the ingredients for the Parmesan Crust and mix. It should have a wet sand texture. Add more butter if too dry or more parmesan/breadcrumbs if too liquidy.
  • Add your skillet to the fire and cook for only 1-2 minutes or once the shrimp begin to slightly shift from translucent to white.
  • Once they are shifting, pull out and top with the parmesan crust. Spread out evenly over all the shrimp.
  • Increase the heat in the grill if possible, then add the shrimp back to the grill.
  • Cook for another 2-3 minutes until all the shrimp are fully cooked and the crust is golden brown. Pull out the skillet and let it rest.
  • Top the shrimp with chopped parsley and enjoy!



Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 295mg | Sodium: 1486mg | Potassium: 552mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 509IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 2mg

Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

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