Lighter Baked Stuffed Shrimp

healthy baked stuffed shrimp

I don’t slow down all that often. Because well…rest is like an activity, and I tend to view all activities in the same, “hey we’ll fit it all in at some point!” way. It’s not that I don’t get tired. It’s not even that I find masochism’s shoulder particularly comfortable to lean on.

It’s just that I’m kind of over-the-top.

healthy baked stuffed shrimp

This week was a lesson in slowing down. I flew back to Seattle from a month’s visit with my family in Boston, resumed working like a respectable individual, fell down a massive hill and split my knee in three very unfortunate pieces, clogged not only my kitchen sink, but the bathroom one too, and then, just then, found out my car battery had died and gone to heaven.

I don’t generally like to say things happen for a reason.

But this time is different. My knee is sore so I’m less inclined to race around. My car is kaput. My sinks hate me. I’m limited in mobility and, well, bakeability too. A clogged drain may be the only time when buttercream isn’t the solution.

I stayed home.

I read a full book on my kindle. I watched so much reality television that I now have a hole in my brain the size of the Jersey shore. I played games with Daniel — and not just mind ones. I…what’s that word for the thing that people do to their homes just before guests come over? Right. Cleaned. I sat with my thoughts. And my thoughts sat with chocolate.

And while I don’t think I necessarily buzzed about my apartment any slower than I might have had I not been immobilized by hurt knees and a dead car battery and clogged sinks, I feel like I took a different look at my life. I changed the routine, and therein found a few of the most fun and reflective days I’ve had in some time. Maybe slowing down meant spending time with myself, just doing seemingly normal, verging on mundane things. Nonetheless, they were wonderful.

I felt at home in more ways than one.

And truth? I still cooked despite the drain derailing me. I took my sweet sweet time making a dish that felt and tasted special. A meal to be savored slowly and peacefully with the man I love, in the apartment I cleaned, in the city that inspires me, on the coast that has claimed me for the next couple years.

But right, you’re here for a recipe! Lighter baked stuffed shrimp.

healthy baked stuffed shrimp

I originally tasted these shrimp two months ago, when I went to a cooking demonstration hosted by Silvana Nardone, the author of the wonderful cookbook, Cooking with Isaiah, and the former editor-in-chief of Rachael Ray Magazine. They were one of the three dishes she served, and I’ve not been able to forget about them since. That’s saying something. Since I work in food, write about food, cook like my life depends upon it, I come across so many recipes that I want to try my hand at. These surpassed all of those recipes and landed at the top of my must make list…and I’m so glad they did.

Quite honestly, these shrimp are the most wildly flavorful bites I’ve had in a long, long time. They’re petite, but only in size; the flavor is absolutely bursting from lemon, the brightness of parsley, savory notes of garlic and tender chunks of shrimp, and a lovely bready heft from seasoned panko.

Make a batch and serve them on thinly sliced lemon rounds for a pretty presentation. I promise they’ll be a hit :)

Lighter Baked Stuffed Shrimp

Lighter baked stuffed shrimp with loads of fresh flavor!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked shrimp recipe, baked stuffed shrimp, low calorie stuffed shrimp
Servings: 16 Servings
Calories: 87kcal


For the filling:

  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled, deveined and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Remaining ingredients:

  • 16 jumbo shrimp peeled, deveined, and butterflied (about 1 pound)
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Make the filling: In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, garlic, sour cream, panko, parsley, lemon juice, turmeric, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix well.
  • Prepare the jumbo shrimp for filling: Butterfly them by running a sharp knife along their curved backs (where the vein runs). Do not cut all the way through -- just far enough so that you can spread the bottom of the shrimp out into a wide circle. You want the tail end to stick up and arc over. The cut side should be split and facing down on your cutting board, almost creating a little lap for the filling.
  • Place these butterflied shrimp on your prepared baking sheet. Mound tablespoons of filling onto the laps of each of the jumbo shrimp, pressing gently so that the mixture stays in one clump when you take your hand away. Repeat with remaining shrimp and filling.
  • Spray all prepared shrimp with cooking spray and bake until the shrimp are bright pink and the filling is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  • Serve the shrimp with lemon wedges and an additional sprinkling of fresh parsley.


Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 1g


30 thoughts on “Lighter Baked Stuffed Shrimp

  1. Michelle @ a whole lot of life

    This post was so funny! I totally identified with everything you wrote, except the shrimp part ;) I just can’t stomach the stuff and its chewy texture, but you still managed to make it look delicious.

    My favorite line was “A person who would like to write a book on multitasking…while blow drying her hair, brushing her teeth, and making origami simultaneously.” haha! I could totally see myself doing the same thing.

    Can’t wait to read the next thing you cook up. Have a great day, Andrea!

    1. Patti

      I, too, think the article was HILARIOUS and one I could COMPLETELY relate to!! Thanks so much for the entertainment!!

  2. Lu

    This looks amazing! I love that you wrote about your forced reflective period. It’s nice when those pop up. I’m contemplating taking a day off of work just because I would have the house to myself. I relish the days before there were toys all over my floor. Ironically though I wouldn’t change the mess-maker for anything. Maybe I can take a personal day with the excuse of I have to bake brownies. I’m self-medicating. These shrimp would be for my next day off.

  3. M.J. Jacobsen

    Life in the slow lane, sounds good sometimes!
    This recipe looks sooooo good! I was telling my husband about deconstructing recipes yesterday, and today I showed him this one. He really loves shrimp and wants me to make this. Then he asked if this is one of those decomposing recipes…….don’t know why I try sometimes!

  4. Stephanie @cookinfanatic

    What gorgeous presentation!! These shrimp look absolutely amazing!!! I definitely have trouble slowing down too – always looking for the next thing to do while performing the current task. My boyfriend always asks me why I can’t just “do nothing and relax” and it’s so hard to explain how doing that would be work in itself for me (he seems to have no trouble with it however ;) )

  5. Cindy

    I love to make amazing bite sized eats for just me and my husband when the Teenager with the voracious appetite is away.

    I just printed this….thinking as I did most of last year…should I commit to making everything you post for one year????

    I should really….my life would be changed forever.


  6. biz319

    I grew up in the era of Quincy, Medical Examiner. I told my Mom when I was about 8 that I wanted to be a medical examiner, and an interior decorator, so that I could decorate my medical examiner office!

    It’s nice to shake things up a bit! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe – this is going straight to the top of my recipes to make! Hugs!

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  10. Dee

    Hi, I’m new to your Blog and loving it so far, I can’t tear myself away! Curious if you know the Nutrition info for this recipe, not that anything would stop me from making it, it sounds incredible!

  11. Janice

    This made the best meal I’ve prepared in a LONG time!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks, and YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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