This easy Italian shrimp oreganata recipe is vibrant and simple to make. It tastes just like the classic Italian restaurant dish!
When you get home after a long day, the last thing you want to do is spend lots of extra time on dinner. Enter this great addition to your busy weeknight dinner rotation!
What is Shrimp Oreganata?
Shrimp oreganata is a delicious dish that is common in Italian restaurants. It is an Italian American seafood dish of shrimp in a breadcrumb mixture. The shrimp are also seasoned with some popular Mediterranean ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese. There is also a healthy amount of dried oregano included in the dish. These shrimp are often served at special occasions such as Christmas Eve!
How to Make Easy Italian Shrimp Oreganata
While the full recipe instructions are available below, here are some tips to make this easy weeknight meal!
First, pre-heat oven to 400F. Now we need to prepare our shrimp. I recommend using extra jumbo shrimp for this recipe. While many recipes call for butterflied shrimp, I don't think this is necessary. Make sure you pat your shrimp dry with a paper towel. Toss the shrimp in dry white wine such as Pinot Grigio, mixed with kosher salt and place them in a single layer in a greased baking dish. Pour your remaining wine into the center of the baking dish.
Next, we will prepare our breadcrumb mixture. Breadcrumbs are traditionally fried in a large heavy skillet before adding them to the shrimp. I have lightened my recipe up and avoided this step! In a large mixing bowl, combine your breadcrumbs, red pepper flakes, breadcrumbs, fresh flat leaf parsley, Pecorino Romano cheese, fresh garlic, oregano, and lemon zest. Spoon a tablespoon bread crumb mixture on top of each shrimp. Place any remaining bread crumb mixture in the center of the baking dish. Drizzle olive oil on top of the shrimp and breadcrumb and pecorino mixture.
Bake shrimp oreganata in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, until the shrimp turn pink. Broil for another 2 minutes until the breadcrumbs turn a nice golden brown color. This is a wonderful easy dinner with flavors that me of shrimp scampi. Serve on a large platter for family style dining. For individual portions, serve over rice or angel hair pasta. I also recommend crusty bread to soak up any extra liquid and breadcrumbs.
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Preheat oven to 400F. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together white wine, salt, and red pepper flakes until the salt is dissolved. Toss shrimp in the wine mixture and place along the edges of a baking dish. Pour any remaining wine mixture from the mixing bowl into the center of the baking dish.
In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk together the breadcrumbs, parsley, Pecorino Romano, garlic, dried oregano, and lemon zest. Pour the breadcrumb mixture over the shrimp, with any excess in the center of the baking dish.
Bake for approximately 10 minutes, until the shrimp turns pink. Broil on high for an additional 2 minutes to crisp the breadcrumbs. Serve with lemon wedges over rice or pasta. Enjoy!