Shrimp Oreganata is an Italian-American dish consisting of shrimp topped with moistened breadcrumbs, white wine, lemon juice, parsley, and butter.  This classic dish is wonderful to serve with pasta or crusty bread to mop up the sauce and while perfect for any night of the week, it’s especially good for Christmas Eve!

Large and small dish of baked shrimp oreganata on walnut cutting board.


Editor’s Note: Originally published on December 17, 2018.  Updated with full process shots and expanded info.

Shrimp oreganata is a dish I grew up eating and can be found at almost every Italian-American restaurant in the New York area.

It’s loaded with outrageous flavor from the garlic, breadcrumbs, oregano, and white wine which happens to pair particularly well with seafood in general, like salmon oreganata and clams oreganata.

And the beauty of shrimp oreganata is that the recipe is totally customizable.  If you want more garlic, add it; don’t want wine, omit it.  

Our goal here is to give you a great recipe that you can use to adjust to your own tastes and needs.

Ingredients shown: breadcrumbs, olive oil, lemon, garlic, parmesan, oregano, parsley, chicken stock, white wine, and shrimp.

How to make it

Each number corresponds to the numbered written steps below.

  1. Preheat your oven to 425f and set one rack in the middle and the other near the top. Mince 2 tablespoons of parsley and 6 cloves of garlic.  Grate 2 tablespoons of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
Shrimp oreganata recipe process shot collage group number one.
  1. Heat a large pan to medium-low and saute the minced garlic in 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil until fragrant (about 2 minutes). 
  2. Add 1/3 cup of plain breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, the parsley, 2 teaspoons of dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and the grated Parmigiano Reggiano and mix well.  Remove from the heat and set aside.
Recipe process shot collage group number two.
  1. Pat dry 1 1/2 pounds of colossal peeled and deveined shrimp with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper to taste. In an oven-safe baking dish or large pan, arrange the shrimp with the tails pointing up.  Top the shrimp with the breadcrumb mixture and pour 3/4 cup of low-sodium chicken stock and 1/4 cup of dry white wine around the shrimp.  Note: Use whatever baking dish you like. A cast iron or stainless steel pan works well too.  We used two smaller dishes in the pic above.
  2. Top the shrimp with 6 tablespoons of cubed cold butter and drizzle a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil on top of the breadcrumbs.
Recipe process shot collage group number three.
  1. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through.  After 10 minutes, move the baking dish to the top rack and broil for 1-2 minutes or until brown but watch carefully to prevent burning.  Remove the shrimp from the oven and serve on plates with lemon wedges and a spoonful of the garlicky pan sauce.  Serve with crusty bread to mop up the sauce and enjoy!
Closeup shot baked shrimp with breadcrumbs in white plate.

Top tips

  • Shrimp. Buying cleaned shrimp that’s already been peeled and deveined is a huge time saver and I recommend it.  That being said, it’s always good to look over the shrimp to double-check before you start prepping. For recipes like shrimp oreganata or shrimp cocktail, I suggest using colossal shrimp, sized U12-15 (that means 12-15 shrimp per pound). You can definitely use smaller shrimp but note that your cooking time may be lessened by a few minutes if doing so.
  • Wine.  I usually use a dry white wine when cooking, such as a sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio.  If you cannot have wine, you can omit it here.  
  • The breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs in this dish should be well moistened and there’s no need to overdo it with them as the sauce may become too thick or dry out.  If that happens, add some water to loosen it up before serving.
  • Broiling. Broiling at the end isn’t mandatory, but suggested as it will give a wonderful toasty top to the breadcrumbs.  When broiling, watch carefully to prevent burning.
Overhead shot of shrimp oreganata on walnut cutting board.

More shrimp recipes

If you came here looking for shrimp recipes, you’re in the right place! 

  • Lemon garlic shrimp pasta – one of our most popular recipes, this pasta is a must for any shrimp lover!
  • Shrimp Francese – colossal shrimp are lightly battered, fried, then simmered in a buttery lemon sauce.
  • Shrimp scampi rolls – buttery rolls loaded with shrimp scampi and topped with sauteed cherry tomatoes.  
  • Shrimp Saganaki – one-pan Greek shrimp dish with feta, olives, and tomatoes.

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Shrimp Oreganata

4.96 from 49 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Shrimp oreganata topped with garlicky breadcrumbs and baked in a white wine butter sauce.

Ingredients 

  • 1.5 pound colossal shrimp cleaned, shells removed, and deveined – size U12-15
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 large lemon cut into wedges
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cubed

For the seasoned breadcrumbs

  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons Parmigiano Reggiano grated
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf Italian parsley minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions 

For the seasoned breadcrumbs

  • In a large pan saute the garlic in the extra virgin olive oil over medium-low heat for 2 minutes or until fragrant.  Add all of the remaining breadcrumb ingredients and mix well. Turn off the heat and set aside.

For the shrimp

  • Preheat oven to 425f. Set a rack in the middle and the other rack near the top of the oven.
  • Pat the shrimp very dry then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In an oven safe baking dish or large pan arrange shrimp with tails pointing up.  Distribute the breadcrumbs on top of the shrimp.
  • Pour the wine and chicken stock around the shrimp. Sprinkle the cubed butter all over the shrimp and into the sauce. Drizzle 1-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil all over the breadcrumbs.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through.
  • After ten minutes, move the baking dish to the top rack and broil for 1-2 more minutes or until nice and brown.  Remove shrimp from the oven and plate with lemon wedges. Spoon the sauce onto plates and serve with crusty bread to mop up all of the butter sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

  • The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  • The sauce in the center can be loosened up before serving with a couple of ounces of water or chicken stock if needed.
  • The shrimp used in this recipe are U12-15 which means 12-15 per pound.  Cooking time will be up to a few minutes less if using smaller shrimp.  
  • Leftovers can be saved in the fridge for up to 3 days and can be reheated in the microwave, though this dish is best eaten right away.

Nutrition

Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.7g | Protein: 42.9g | Fat: 39.5g | Saturated Fat: 15.1g | Cholesterol: 407mg | Sodium: 1036mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 1.4g | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on December 17, 2018.  It was completely updated on December 13, 2022.

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93 Comments

  1. Diane Gazda says:

    5 stars
    All of your oreganata recipes that I’ve tried have been great! Wonderful! I’ve almost mastered making them and getting the bread crumb mix and the oil butter balance without checking the recipe. Almost.
    Thanks.

    1. Tara says:

      We’re so happy you enjoyed, Diane!

  2. Eric says:

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe and instructor. 3rd time making it and delicious. Greetings from Bangkok

  3. Antonio says:

    5 stars
    I love it.

  4. Katie Daniels says:

    Show stopper shrimp recipe. Absolutely delicious.

  5. Grisell Garcia says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I have made it a few times and love it!!

    1. James says:

      I’m so happy you made this one a few times and enjoyed it! Thanks for the comment!

  6. Todd Steinberg says:

    I’m making the shrimp oreganata tonight and telling everyone I’m using a recipe that comes via a chef from an island off the coast of Italy called Isla Lungo. We’re in San Diego but I’m from Bayside and Plainview, the wife and her mother are from the five towns,my daughter is from Suffern and nobody speaks Italian so hey, what they don’t know…

  7. Bob Mcloughlin says:

    Great Recipe, I have been cooking and baking for over 50 years. I cooked professionally for 12years and I love your recipes and videos. You explain everything so thoroughly and you’re a great video host. Thanks you you and Tara for all you guys do.

    1. Tara says:

      Thanks for the comment, Bob. We’re so happy you’re enjoying the recipes!

  8. Carol brady says:

    5 stars
    Good recipe. Easy to follow