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New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp

These New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp are so buttery, spicy, and good. Fresh shrimp are baked in a sauce flavored with lots of spice, garlic, lemon juice, and green onion. Serve with crusty French bread for an out of this world appetizer or meal. An accompanying cold beer is a must.

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

 

My favorite restaurant in Charlotte, The Cajun Queen, has a too-die-for BBQ Shrimp Appetizer. This one is almost as good.

The most important thing about eating BBQ Shrimp is the sauce. You need lots of it. And lots of crusty French bread to mop it up with.

Also, make note that you will get your fingers very messy and greasy peeling the shrimp. It’s not pleasant, but it’s unavoidable.

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

 

 

For me the key to good New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp is lots of butter, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Ironically BBQ Shrimp has nothing to do with the barbecue. It is either cooked stove-top or in the oven. I prefer oven-baked BBQ Shrimp. The shrimp have a little longer to linger in the sauce and pick up the flavors.

 

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

 

It’s important to cook the shrimp in the shells. Yes, it’s messy to peel them, but the shells really help keep the shrimp tender and moist and they flavor the sauce.

Tips for making New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp

  • This is a fairly salty dish. If you want it to be less salty, try using reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce or a reduced-sodium Creole seasoning.
  • You may want more heat. If so add a little extra cayenne pepper or serve it with Tabasco sauce.
  • If you can get your hands on shrimp with the heads still on, use them for this recipe. The heads will add even more flavor to the sauce.

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp

These New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp are so buttery, spicy, and good. Fresh shrimp are baked in a sauce flavored with lots of spice, garlic, lemon juice, and green onion. 
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 pounds medium to large fresh shrimp, unpeeled

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients EXCEPT shrimp in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Taste mixture and add a little salt if needed.
  • Place shrimp in a 9X13-inch baking dish.
  • Pour butter mixture over shrimp.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once.
  • Serve with French bread to mop up the liquid.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern

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126 thoughts on “New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp”

  1. Yum. Yum yum yum yum yum.
    This one’s a keeper. (I cooked the shrimp in the pan with the sauce instead of putting it in the oven.)
    YUM.

  2. Donna Beaudoin

    Delicious! Very flavorful and a French baguette was perfect for sopping up the buttery sauce.

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  4. Was looking for a little something extra for my shrimp and this delivered big time ! So flavorful and just the right spice. I added some fresh chopped tomatoes,which gave it a little extra tang and then served on a bed of rice with a side of black beans. Will make this again!

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