Sheet Pan Mediterranean Shrimp and Vegetables – Fresh + Fast Recipe

Ingredients:

Shrimp:

  • 1 pound large shrimp (16-20 count), peeled and deveined

Vegetables:

  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives

Mediterranean Flavors:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 1/2 lemon, cut in half
  • 1-2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional, for a bit of heat)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For Serving (garnishes):

  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

Preheat Oven and Prep Baking Sheet:

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for the best roasted texture.
  • Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.

Marinate the Shrimp:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the shrimp, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, juice from half the lemon, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, smoked paprika (if using), salt, and pepper.
  • Toss to coat well.

Roast the Vegetables (First Stage):

  • Add the red onion, bell pepper, asparagus, tomatoes, kalamata olives, remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a squeeze of juice from the remaining lemon half, salt, and pepper to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Toss to coat evenly.
  • Spread the vegetables into a single layer. Roast for 10-12 minutes, or until they begin to soften.

Add the Shrimp:

  • Remove the sheet pan from the oven and nestle the marinated shrimp in a single layer among the vegetables.

Finish Roasting:

  • Return the sheet pan to the oven and roast for another 5-8 minutes or until the shrimp are pink, opaque, and cooked through. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese and chopped fresh parsley over the shrimp and vegetables before serving.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite side like cooked couscous, quinoa, or rice.

Tips:

  • Vegetable Adjustments: Feel free to add other Mediterranean vegetables to the mix, such as sliced zucchini or halved artichoke hearts.
  • Spice It Up: Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to the marinade for a bit of heat.
  • Make it Vegan: Swap the shrimp for firm tofu and the feta for a vegan alternative for a delicious plant-based version.

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