Mediterranean Shrimp Bake

Sunny and umami flavors are the hallmarks of this seafood-based casserole. The herb mixture made at the top of the recipe is a simple pesto-style sauce that would taste terrific on your favorite grilled fish, too.

Tip: For this dish, make sure to use quartered artichoke hearts that come packed in water without any flavorings; marinated artichoke hearts, which are highly seasoned, are a better choice for pizzas, salads and antipasto platters.

Small But Mighty 

At roughly 209 calories per cup cooked, nutrient-rich shrimp is the starring protein in this bake. Not only is shrimp a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, but it’s also one of the richest food sources of iodine, a mineral required for proper brain and thyroid health and one that many people are deficient in.

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Prep Time
25 min
55 min



1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Mist a 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. To a food processor, add parsley, basil, lemon zest and garlic. Purée until almost smooth with a few small chunks remaining. Add capers and pulse to combine. Set aside.

3. Cut fennel in half lengthwise. Using a mandoline or sharp chef’s knife, cut one-half of fennel into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Chop remaining half into ½-inch pieces. Set aside.

4. In a large skillet on medium, heat one-half of oil. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add chopped fennel and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, artichoke hearts, salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, until tomatoes start to soften, 3 to 5 minutes.

5. Stir in shrimp, rice and parsley mixture. In a small bowl, whisk broth with arrowroot; add to skillet. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in spinach.

6. Scrape into prepared casserole dish. Lay sliced fennel over top and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Drizzle with remaining one-half of oil. Bake until fennel is browned and crispy on edges and shrimp are pink, firm and opaque, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories 223
  • Carbohydrate Content 26 g
  • Cholesterol Content 106 mg
  • Fat Content 6 g
  • Fiber Content 4 g
  • Protein Content 18 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 657 mg
  • Sugar Content 3 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 4 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g