Best Areas for Watching Wildlife in Central New York


Baked Shrimp with a simple Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce – this recipe couldn’t get any easier and you’ll be dreaming about this sauce! You get perfectly tender baked shrimp covered in a rich sauce that’s perfect for sopping up with fresh crusty bread. Plus you can’t beat the quick bake time here!

OVEN BAKED SHRIMP RECIPE WITH A SIMPLE SAUCE

This recipe is proof that it really doesn’t take much to make an impressive and incredibly satisfying dinner.

This shrimp is brimming with bright fresh flavor and with this oven baked method your shrimp will end with a perfect final texture. Nothing gummy or rubbery here just delicate, plump and juicy shrimp.

As always just be sure not to over-cook it. In my opinion a number one key to good shrimp.

INGREDIENTS FOR BAKED SHRIMP WITH GARLIC LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

  • Extra large raw shrimp – large or jumbo size will work too just adjust bake time slightly (give or take).
  • Butter – salted or unsalted will work here.
  • Garlic – use fresh garlic for best results.
  • Lemon juice – don’t use the bottled stuff here only fresh.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Red pepper flakes – if you don’t like heat omit, if you love heat add extra.
  • Fresh parsley – not only will this add color but a light herby flavor that pairs well with lemon.

Overhead image of baked shrimp with lemon butter sauce in baking dish.

OVEN BAKED SHRIMP RECIPE WITH A SIMPLE SAUCE

This recipe is proof that it really doesn’t take much to make an impressive and incredibly satisfying dinner.

This shrimp is brimming with bright fresh flavor and with this oven baked method your shrimp will end with a perfect final texture. Nothing gummy or rubbery here just delicate, plump and juicy shrimp.

As always just be sure not to over-cook it. In my opinion a number one key to good shrimp.

Baked shrimp on a white serving plate with orzo and broccoli.

INGREDIENTS FOR BAKED SHRIMP WITH GARLIC LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

  • Extra large raw shrimp – large or jumbo size will work too just adjust bake time slightly (give or take).
  • Butter – salted or unsalted will work here.
  • Garlic – use fresh garlic for best results.
  • Lemon juice – don’t use the bottled stuff here only fresh.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Red pepper flakes – if you don’t like heat omit, if you love heat add extra.
  • Fresh parsley – not only will this add color but a light herby flavor that pairs well with lemon.

Ingredients needed to make baked shrimp shown here, including raw shrimp, butter, garlic, lemon, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.

HOW DO YOU MAKE BAKED SHRIMP?

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place shrimp in 13 by 9-inch baking dish.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds. Alternately melt butter with garlic in a small microwave safe dish in microwave.
  • Stir lemon juice into butter mixture.
  • Pour butter mixture over shrimp in baking dish, season with S&P, and red pepper flakes, toss shrimp then spread into an even layer.

Showing how to make baked shrimp. Pouring garlic lemon butter over shrimp in baking dish.

HOW LONG TO BAKE SHRIMP?

  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until shrimp are cooked through (pink and opaque) about 9 – 13 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm, spooning sauce over shrimp.

Shrimp after baking showing their pink color.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH SHRIMP?

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. raw shrimp, cleaned, peeled and deveined

8 Tbs. butter (1 stick), melted

3 cloves garlic, minced (my addition)

1 packet of Good Seasons Italian all natural seasoning

1 1/2 lemon, sliced into circles

1 Tbs. dried parsley leaves

1 tsp. black pepper, ground

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, mix the melted butter with minced garlic, and pour into a 9×111 inch glass casserole dish, spreading it all over the bottom of the dish.

Arrange the lemon slices on top of butter, forming a single layer.

Arrange the cleaned and deveined shrimp on top of the lemon slices.

Sprinkle the Italian Seasoning over the shrimp.

Sprinkle the parsley flakes and pepper on top of that.

Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

A great guide on where to view wildlife in Central New York. #travel



Guest Post by David Wilson.

When you think of Central New York, wildlife may not the first thing that springs to mind. Yet unsurprisingly, New York has a diverse range of wildlife for those prepared to seek and discover. New York State has millions of acres of State Parks, forests and wildlife areas which are home to not just the public but to hundreds of different species of wildlife.

New York is a desirable place to live scoring high in the livability stakes according to specialist website Area Vibes. However, this State is more than the sum of its Cities and has much to offer the wildlife enthusiast. There are literally hundreds of places to view wildlife across New York State and here is a selection.


Green Lakes State Park
Manlius, Onondaga County


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Green Lakes State Park’s most outstanding feature is its two glacial lakes which reach nearly 200 feet deep. This beautiful blue-green lake is surrounded by old growth forest, tulip trees and enormous hemlocks. Round Lake is a registered National Natural Landmark and offers miles of hiking trails and cross country skiing.

Expect to see: Canada geese, ducks, kingfisher, white tailed deer, coyotes, racoons, mink and fox.

Finger Lakes National Forest
Hector, Schuyler County


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Finger Lakes National Forest lies on a ridge, and is New York’s only national forest. The forest has over 30 miles of connecting trails that cut across gorges, rivers, woodlands and pastures to include shrub land, grassland and native forest.

Expect to see: Grassland birds such as Henslow’s sparrow, American kestrel and northern harrier. Shrub land birds such as Eastern towhee, brown thrasher and gold finches. White tailed deer, beavers, bobcats, red foxes and Eastern wild turkey.

Labrador Hollow Unique Area
Tully and Truxton, Onondaga County


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Labrador Hollow is unique, and is renowned for its combination of great natural beauty, rare plant life and scarce animal habitats. Well known for its recreational diversity, the whole area is a great place for hiking, birding, nature viewing and even hang gliding.

Expect to see: Osprey, ruffed grouse, warblers, largemouth bass, woodcock and bluegills.

Buttermilk Falls State Park
Ithaca, Tompkins County


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There’s plenty to see and experience at Buttermilk Falls State Park. Visitors can expect anything from the sight of the large and impressive pileated woodpecker through to the yipping of wild coyotes. Hike quietly through a range of deep, wooded gorges, past beautiful waterfalls, wetlands and potholes to discover the spectacular Buttermilk Falls.

Expect to see: Woodchucks, muskrats, beavers, ruffed grouse turkey, red foxes, chipmunks, cottontail rabbits, broad winged hawks, huge range of songbirds, Pileated woodpeckers, brown bats coyotes and flying squirrels.

Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Seneca Falls, Seneca County


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The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is situated right in the middle of one of the busiest bird migration routes on the Atlantic Flyway. You can discover more than 240 species of birds in the refuge along with 43 species of mammal, 16 species of amphibians and 15 species of reptiles.

Expect to see: White tailed deer, great blue heron, snapping turtle, many species of frog, bald eagle, osprey, Canada geese, woodcock, sandpiper, peregrine falcon, merlin and northern harrier.

Do you have a favorite place to watch wildlife in New York State? If so, drop us a line in the comments box below and let us know where you think is a great place to watch wildlife and what we can expect to see there.

David Wilson is a travel writer discovering the best places to live and visit across America.

12 Comments

  1. All of those places look amazing and I'd want to visit them all! I haven't traveled through NY state since the early 90's.

  2. When you think of New York, you instantly think of NYC instead of the rest of the state. It's important to remember there is so much more to see!

  3. Hmm, I think we need to do some more out-of-the-box touring the next time we visit New York! Fantastic suggestions!

  4. I've never been to NY and these are the places I'd typically think of visiting when we do, but definitely will add them to the must see list.

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