Skillet Shrimp Appetizers

| February 7, 2021 | 4 Comments

Skillet Shrimp Recipe

Follow our easy, step-by-step, fully photo illustrated instructions to learn how to make our delicious Skillet Shrimp Recipe. Printable recipe included.


Skillet Shrimp, enjoy.
Old Bay Seasoning and a little butter, give great flavor to these shrimp. Quickly prepared in a cast iron skillet. Perfect as appetizers, or as a main course for supper.


Skillet Shrimp, slider.


Some big football game rolls around about this time each year. Folks get excited about having a big game watching party, but I’ve never been one to get all involved in that. Sports have just never really been much of a thing for me. Don’t judge me – okay?

But, I do get excited about a good appetizer, desserts, and all other types of food. Guilty as charged.

Whether you’re having a big party, family get together, or just a night at home with your someone special, here’s a super easy appetizer any seafood lover will enjoy. It’s also just a great main dish course as well, so serve it any time you like.

I managed the kitchen for my brothers seafood house restaurant, and I’ve literally cooked TONS of shrimp in my day. Most of it was fried, some boiled, some broiled. I might like shrimp about any old way it can be prepared.

Tossing some in a cast iron skillet here at home is about as easy as it gets though. They cook up quick, and who doesn’t like something you can have on the table in just a few minutes?

As I said, you can serve them as the main course, or as an appetizer. You’ll love them either way. Just add your favorite cocktail sauce or maybe a Cajun style dip if you like something a bit spicy.

Ready to give our recipe a try? Alright then, let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Skillet Shrimp, ingredients.
Skillet Shrimp Appetizers Recipe – You’ll need these ingredients.

I’m using one pound of shrimp. You’ll need to adjust that depending on how many servings you need to prepare. These are jumbo, head off shrimp, unpeeled, but you can use about any size that you prefer.

I’m leaving the shells on, but you can remove them if desired. They might even absorb a bit more flavor without the shells, but it’s just a matter of preference. You decide which way you like them best. Some folks like to peel them as they go, others think it’s too much trouble. Smile.


Skillet Shrimp, rinse.
I like to give them a quick rinse under some cold running water first. Place them in a colander, rinse them, then let them drain a bit before moving to the next step.


Skillet Shrimp, add olive oil.
Place the drained shrimp in a large mixing bowl and drizzle them with a bit of Olive Oil.


Skillet Shrimp, add old bay.
Sprinkle one teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning over the shrimp.

You can use more if you like of course. Some folks like them a bit more spicy. Smile.


Skillet Shrimp, toss to coat.
Toss the shrimp around in the olive oil and seasoning to fully coat them.


Skillet Shrimp, add butter.
Place 2 Tablespoons of Butter in your heated cast iron skillet. This should be over Medium heat.


Skillet Shrimp, add shrimp.
As the butter melts, add the shrimp.


Skillet Shrimp, turn as needed.
Cook the shrimp for one to two minutes per side, turning as needed, until they are pink in color throughout. They cook quick, so keep a close eye on them at this time.


Skillet Shrimp, cook in batches.
You’ll probably have to cook these in batches, depending on how many you’re cooking.

For larger amounts, place the cooked shrimp in a glass or metal bowl that you can loosely cover until you get them all cooked. How easy was that?


Skillet Shrimp, enjoy

You can serve these up with some cocktail sauce, maybe some type of Cajun style dip, whatever suits your fancy. Just be sure to have some napkins on hand if you leave the shell on them. Smile.


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Skillet Shrimp Appetizers

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Appetizers, Dips
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


These skillet fried shrimp make an excellent appetizer or for the main course of your meal. Old Bay Seasoning and Butter give them the flavor. Super quick, super easy.



1 lb. Jumbo headless shrimp, with or without shells
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
2 Tablespoons Butter


Rinse shrimp under cold running water. Let drain.
Place shrimp in a large mixing bowl.
Drizzle shrimp with olive oil.
Sprinkle shrimp with Old Bay Seasoning
Toss gently to fully coat shrimp. Set aside.
Heat 2 Tablespoons butter in skillet over Medium heat.
Add shrimp.
Toss and cook 2-3 minutes until shrimp are pink in color. Do not overcook.
Remove from skillet. Keep warm until ready to serve.


Serve these warm with your favorite cocktail sauce, or with a Cajun style dip. Be sure to have some napkins on hand if you’re serving these with the shells on them.

Keywords: skillet shrimp, shrimp appetizers, old bay seasoning, cajun shrimp, olive oil, butter, easy shrimp recipes

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  1. Dorothy Berry says:

    This is a super recipe. I’m very fond of prawns (that’s what we call shrimp here, with shrimp being the very small ones) so when I have friends round I like to offer something like this. I found the recipe very easy; of course, we don’t get Old Bay seasoning here in South Africa, so I looked it up on the internet and made my own in the coffee grinder. A tip: if you don’t have empty spice jars for the leftover seasoning (very well washed out to get rid of any residual aroma of the previous spice), then baby food jars are ideal because their lids reseal.

  2. Dara says:

    My goodness this looks Delicious! I WILL be making this SOON. Thank you SO Much! God Bless You.

  3. Lori Dom says:

    Sound delicious, quick,easy, and not many ingredients. Can’t wait to try.

  4. Kathy D says:

    Steve, These were fantastic and so easy to fix.

    The Chocolate cake with mayonnaise is very moist and delicious.

    I look forward to your recipe each week..

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