Garlic Baked Shrimp and Arugula Salad with Parmesan, Candied Nuts, Cranberries & Balsamic Reduction

Garlic Baked Shrimp

OK, this is an absolutely heavenly (and easy of course) dinner that you need to make ASAP!  If you like shrimp scampi you will love this.  It’s a lightened up version that’s bursting with lemony, garlicky flavor without all the fat.  I cook with my friend Renee a lot and we made this the other night for our boys. The whole baking dish was gone in minutes.

This would be great on a bed of pasta, but we were trying to make this an overall healthy dinner so I made an arugula salad with a balsamic reduction instead.  I’m obsessed with arugula and this salad was a hit with everyone.

Arugula salad with balsamic reduction and parmesan, dried cranberries and candied nuts

We paired this dinner with Palomas, the skinny tequila cocktail I posted about this week.  It was a fantastic, gourmet, homemade dinner that was so simple to throw together, just the way I like it!

Garlic Baked Shrimp and Arugula Salad


Garlic Baked Shrimp

(Serves 4 if other side items are served.  If this is the only thing being served it serves 2-3)

From LaaLoosh


  • 1 lb LARGE raw shrimp, deveined, peeled and tails  removed (if frozen, dethaw before making this dish)
  • 2 tbsp light butter, melted
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup corn flakes cereal, crushed
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine shrimp, lemon juice, garlic, paprika and  salt & pepper. Pour into a small baking dish.
  • In another bowl, combine cornflakes, butter, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest and  parsley until it reaches a course, mealy consistency – just enough to evenly blend the ingredients.
  • Sprinkle cornflakes mixture over shrimp.  Transfer to oven and bake until  shrimp are pink and cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.

Arugula Salad (serves 1)


  • 1 cup fresh arugula
  • balsamic reduction (either buy it already in reduction form—Trader Joe’s has it!—or make it yourself.  Instructions here.)
  • dried cranberries
  • nut of choice (I like the lightly candied or the sweet and spicy nuts from Trader Joes’s)
  • freshly cut Parmesan (I like small chunks)


  • Place arugula in a small bowl
  • Drizzle very lightly with balsamic reduction (the reduction is very thick, sweet and syrupy so you only need the smallest amount)
  • Add desired amount of cranberries, nuts and cheese
  • Enjoy!

15 thoughts on “Garlic Baked Shrimp and Arugula Salad with Parmesan, Candied Nuts, Cranberries & Balsamic Reduction

  1. Ohhh im so happy i managed to read your post before i actually go and have dinner this time. Usually you get me right before bed time.
    Girl, this looks amazing. 🙂 Shrimps & arugula salad at the same time sounds so delish!

  2. Pingback: Parmesan Garlic Roasted Shrimp | Gourmet Beauty

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