Baked Battered Shrimp

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These golden, baked battered shrimp with garlic dipping sauce are a copycat version of Red Lobster’s Batter Fried Shrimp. They’re so tender and insanely crunchy and delicious that you might never go back to the restaurant again.

Plate of baked battered shrimp with garlic dipping sauce.


Why We Love This Baked Battered Shrimp Recipe

  • Better than Red Lobster. This simple copycat recipe will bring Red Lobster outings straight to your kitchen. The shrimp are always fresh out of the oven, super crispy, and have the perfect level of heat.
  • Quick. It only takes 30 minutes from start to finish, including the homemade garlic dipping sauce.
  • Baked. You get the same golden, crispy breading without insane amounts of oil.
  • Versatile. Add Italian flair, make them Cajun, or use extra large shrimp. They’re so yummy!
Hand holding a baked battered shrimp over a bowl of garlic sauce.

What You’ll Need To Make This Recipe

For the Shrimp

  • Olive oil – Feel free to use to use corn or canola oil.
  • Large shrimp – Thaw and drain them completely if you’re using frozen.
  • Flour – Cornstarch works too.
  • Salt – Kosher salt is best.
  • Egg whites – Liquid eggs with yolks are a great swap.
  • Panko – You can use regular breadcrumbs instead.
  • Cayenne pepper – Feel free to use red pepper flakes. Reduce the amount to taste if needed.
  • Cooking spray – Use whichever you have on hand.
  • Parsley – This is an optional garnish.

For the Garlic Dipping Sauce

  • Butter – Go for salted or unsalted.
  • Garlic powder – Garlic paste is a great swap.
  • Salt – Skip it if you used salted butter.
Breading station for shrimp.

How to Make Baked Battered Shrimp

Wait until you taste the crunch and flavor of these baked shrimp, complete with a garlic dipping sauce. They’re so tender and irresistibly crispy that you’ll find yourself making them on repeat.

  1. Prep the oven. Preheat it to 475˚F and grease a baking sheet with olive oil. Set it aside.
  2. Set up the breading station. Mix the flour and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Add the egg whites to a separate bowl and whisk them gently. In a third bowl, mix panko, 1 teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Bread the shrimp. One by one, roll the shrimp in flour and shake off any excess. Then dip them in egg whites and, finally, cover them in the seasoned panko.
  4. Bake them. Place the shrimp on the prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Pop them into the oven for 7 minutes, flip them over, and continue baking until golden brown. Remove them from the oven and set aside.
  5. Make the garlic sauce. Add the butter to a saucepan over low heat. Let it melt. Remove it from the heat and let it rest for 20-30 seconds. Use a spoon to remove the foamy layer on top and discard it.
  6. Season it. Whisk in the garlic powder and salt until well combined. Pour it into a small serving bowl.
  7. Serve. Garnish the shrimp with parsley and serve with the dipping sauce on the side.
Battered baked shrimp on a plate with dipping sauce in a bowl.

Tips For Success

  • Choose the right shrimp. Avoid small shrimp at all costs because they will dry out and overcook very quickly. The best types of shrimp for this recipe are large or jumbo shrimp. They’ve got enough meat so that the breading doesn’t overpower their delicate, buttery flavor. The size also allows them to be fried (or baked) until crispy without overcooking the interior.
  • Ask the fishmonger. Save some time by asking the fishmonger to clean and devein the shrimp for you.
  • Make it Cajun. Mix 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning into the panko for a zesty kick of heat. You can also add 1 tablespoon hot sauce into the garlic butter.
  • Give them a coconut crust. Swap half of the panko for unsweetened shredded coconut. This will give them a subtle, fruity sweetness but you’ll have the same crunch.
  • Use compound butter. Keep things practical by melting down 1/4-1/2 cup garlic compound butter and using it as your sauce.
  • Add Italian flair. Stir 1-2 teaspoons Italian seasoning and 2 teaspoons lemon zest into the panko for some Italian flair.
Shrimp served on a plate.

Serving Suggestions

These crispy battered shrimp are the perfect appetizer for your seafood-inspired meals. Serve them with my Garlic Butter Baked Tilapia or Panko Crusted Salmon. If you’re in the mood for something fancy, try my Buttery Lobster Tails. For a salad-style dinner, go for my Chopped Salmon Salad. My Garlic Butter Pasta with Spinach and Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Dressing are great side options.

Proper Storage

Cooked battered shrimp do not freeze well, but you can make plenty ahead for the week. Just place leftovers in an airtight container and keep them refrigerated for 3 to 4 days. To reheat, microwave them for up to a minute or until warm. You can also heat them in a pan (covered) over medium heat for 5-6 minutes.

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5 from 8 votes

Baked Battered Shrimp

This crispy, yet baked Battered Shrimp with garlic sauce is a copycat version of Red Lobster's Batter Fried Shrimp, and it's so delicious!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


For the Shrimp

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 12 ounces raw large shrimp,, peeled and deveined with tail on
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt,, divided
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper,, or to taste
  • cooking spray
  • chopped fresh parsley,, for garnish

For the Garlic Dipping Sauce

  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt,, or to taste
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For the Shrimp

  • Preheat the oven to 475˚F.
  • Pour olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet/pan and spread around to cover the entire bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine flour and 1 teaspoon salt; mix to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, pour the egg whites and beat them lightly to break up the whites.
  • In a third bowl combine panko crumbs, 1 teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper; mix until well incorporated.
  • Roll the shrimp in the flour, one by one, shaking off any excess.
  • Dip the shrimp in the egg whites and then roll them in the panko crumbs.
  • Transfer the shrimp to the baking sheet and evenly spray each shrimp with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 7 minutes; turn them over and continue to bake for 5 to 6 more minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove them from the oven.
  • Arrange the shrimp on a serving plate and garnish with fresh parsley.

For the Garlic Dipping Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan. When it's completely melted, remove the pan from the heat and let it stand for about 20 seconds.
  • Pick up the saucepan and tilt it towards you; using a spoon, remove the foamy layer on top and discard the foam.
  • Then, whisk in the garlic powder and salt.
  • Transfer the sauce to a serving bowl and serve it with the prepared shrimp.


  • Opt for larger shrimp. Small shrimp tend to dry out and overcook, so choose large or jumbo shrimp for their meaty texture and balanced flavor.
  • For a spicy twist, blend 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning into the panko and add 1 tablespoon of hot sauce to the garlic butter.
  • Make coconut breading. and use unsweetened shredded coconut in place of some panko for a crunchy, subtly sweet crust. 


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1116mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 536IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. April says:

    These were perfect! Even better than any we could order at a restaurant.

    1. Katerina says:

      I’m very glad to hear they turned out perfect and even surpassed restaurant quality! Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback. 🙂

  2. Janelle says:

    Wow, that garlic sauce was SOOO GOOD! YUM!

    1. Katerina says:

      Thank YOU! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  3. Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert says:

    Absolutely delicious! Always a favorite on our table!

    1. Katerina says:

      I’m very glad to hear it’s a favorite at your table! Thank YOU! 🙂

  4. Sandra says:

    These turned out so crispy and flavorful! And I love that they’re baked!

    1. Katerina says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed how crispy and flavorful they turned out, especially appreciating the baked aspect! Thank YOU! 🙂

  5. Beth says:

    This was so delicious. I really love being able to get that nice, crispy texture without all the frying!

    1. Katerina says:

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the delicious taste and crispy texture without the need for frying! It’s always great to find healthier alternatives that still deliver on flavor and texture.