This easy shrimp seasoning has a wonderful savory herb flavor from basil, marjoram, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder. The herbs are perfectly balanced by a hint of citrus and a little bit of spiciness from crushed red pepper flakes.
One of the great things about shrimp is the fact that they are so versatile. They are fantastic with bold and spicy flavors, like in these smoked paprika shrimp, this shrimp and sausage pasta sauce or these chorizo and shrimp tacos. But, they are just as delicious in combination with milder flavors, like in this citrus and herb seasoning. This seasoning will transform any shrimp into a gourmet appetizer and is at the same time very easy to make. You can also easily store it and keep on hand for when you need it.
Recipe ingredients and notes:
- Crushed red pepper flakes add some nice concentrated bursts of heat to this seasoning. If you prefer a more uniform spiciness, you can substitute cayenne pepper. (Use about ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper instead of ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.)
- You need the zest of 1 lemon for this recipe. (Suggestion: Juice the lemon after zesting and use the juice to make this flavorful lemon dill smoked salmon sandwich sauce!)
How to make it:
See full ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below!
Step 1. Thoroughly wash and dry a lemon.
Step 2. Zest the lemon.
Step 3. Let the zest dry (about 1 day).
Step 4. Add all herbs, spices and 1 teaspoon dried lemon zest to a jar, put on the lid and shake until well combined.
How to use it:
Step 1. Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel. (You can use any size shrimp.)
Step 2. Lightly brush shrimp with mild olive oil, then set on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Step 3. Sprinkle shrimp with seasoning.
Step 4. Bake at 400 degrees F. until opaque (5-8 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp). Serve immediately.
How to store it:
You can store the seasoning blend in an airtight container in the kitchen cabinet for several months.
How spicy is this seasoning?
This seasoning is mildly spicy. You can make it spicier by adding more crushed red pepper flakes.
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Full Printable Recipe
- baking sheet or plate
- wax paper or parchment paper
- citrus zester
- paper towel
- measuring spoons
- glass jar with lid
- 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes*
- Line a small baking sheet or a plate with wax paper or parchment paper. Set aside.
- Thoroughly wash and dry the lemon, then zest it.
- Sprinkle the zest onto the wax paper or parchment paper, then cover loosely with a paper towel. Set sit at room temperature until completely dry (about 1 day).
- Add pepper, onion and garlic powder, oregano, basil, marjoram, salt and red pepper flakes to a jar.
- Add 1 teaspoon dried lemon zest to the jar, then put on the lid and shake everything until well combined.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.
- Shake well before each use.
Nutrition Information (Estimated):
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