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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 mins
COOK: 20 mins
TOTAL: 30 mins


  • 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


  • 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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81 thoughts on “New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp”

  1. Look, this is yummy but it doesn’t taste anything like New Orleans BBQ shrimp which I’ve eaten at many restaurants in New Orleans.


    I have made this recipe last night and it blew all the others away with its depth of flavor. My wife normally is on the fence with this dish, but not this recipe! We had heads on shrimp and that will make a difference with the natural juices but-wow!

  3. Meg Kosowski

    Delicious! Good French bread is a necessity to sop up the savory sauce.
    Very tasty! Don’t deviate from this recipe unless you cannot have butter in your diet!

  4. Julie Perry

    Not as flavorful as I was hoping. I live in New Orleans area so I’ve had some of the best.

    1. This recipe is awesome! Let the shrimp sit in the juices a little while after cooking. The flavor is amazing! And dip the bread in the sauce. Yummy! We like lemon with our shrimp so I cooked a couple additional lemons cut up with the shrimp. I will share this recipe with my family!

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