Oven Ranch Shrimp

shrimp hangin in a jacuzzi of butter

 

this shrimp is a weeknight winner in my kitchen.

 

it is simple enough to stick in the oven- where it then turns into something fresh and exciting to eat.

 

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The added bonus is the lemon butter sauce that accompanies the cooked shrimp out of the oven.

 

I have used this as a dipping sauce for the shrimp and had bisquick biscuits as a side- or sweet potato fries.

 

My favorite way to eat this shrimp is with pasta- and preferably joined by roasted veggies. The lemon butter sauce from the shrimp mixed with a little parmesan cheese makes for a quick and lovely pasta sauce.

 

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I have made this week night meal in 45 minutes- from oven preheating to sitting down. I have had a lot of practice orchestrating my movements in the kitchen- and 2 ovens.

 

I’ll try to recap:

 

  • preheat 1 oven to 350 and other to 400 and put the pasta pot on the stove to come to a boil
  • pull out a 13×9 pan and the sided cookie sheet. cover the 13×9 in foil
  • put the stick of butter into the 13×9 pan and put into the 350 oven while its preheating
  • while checking the butter occasionally so it doesn’t burn, I prep the veggies and then season and oil them on the pan
  • I also slice the lemon very thinly and rinse the shrimp and leave the collander in the sink to drain
  • when the 400 oven is preheated I stick the veggies in and set the time for 15 min
  • when the butter is mostly melted, I pull the pan out and gently break up the remaining clumps and move them around the pan to help the melting process
  • then I evenly distribute the lemon then shrimp then ranch seasoning into the hot pan
  • and return the pan to the 350 oven for 15 minutes (separate timer)
  • by then the pasta water is boiling so I add the pasta and cook by package directions and ready a clean collander in the sink for draining the pasta.
  • when the veggies have been in for 15 min, I check and flip them and continue to cook them for the remaining time that’s on the shrimp timer.
  • when the shrimp, veggies and pasta are all cooked, I add them all to a serving bowl and toss together.
  • voila. ready to serve. with parmesan on the side.

 

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Oven Ranch Shrimp
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound shrimp: raw, cleaned and rinsed
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp dried ranch dressing
Instructions
  1. line edged cookie sheet or 9x13 pan with aluminum foil. unwrap butter, cut it into 4 pieces or so and put in prepared pan.
  2. while oven is preheating to 350 degrees F, put pan and butter into oven to melt butter.
  3. while butter is melting- watch it so it doesn't burn- rinse the shrimp and super thinly slice the lemon.
  4. pull pan out of oven when butter is melted and before it burns.
  5. layer lemon slices evenly over the pan and butter
  6. layer shrimp over lemon slices
  7. sprinkle dry seasoning over shrimp
  8. bake at 350 for 15 minutes
  9. serve immediately. options: with biscuits or pour everything from the pan over freshly cooked pasta and toss for easy lemon butter shrimp pasta

 

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