New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp

This is what I ask my family to make for me every single Mother’s Day, Spicy New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp . I just hand my husband and the kids this recipe, kick back and read all my Mother’s day cards.

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You can use head on shrimp if you can find them but they are not available in my local grocery store so I use easy peel shrimp. The shell is split down the back  but left on and the “vein” is removed.  The shell adds great flavor to the sauce.  As you peel the shrimp the sauce runs down your fingers, it’s heaven to lick off, be sure to have lots of napkins…and maybe a warm, damp hand towel like in a fancy restaurant.

A crusty baguette is a must for dipping to soak up that delicious savory sauce


BBQ shrimp in cast iron pot


Spicy New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp

Demetra Overton
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 pounds of easy peel extra-large shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons Creole seasoning
  • OR
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, ¼ teaspoon celery seed
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • one 4 inch sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup hot sauce
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice from about
  • 1 ½ lemons. Slice the rest of the lemon for garnish


  • Rinse the shrimp and drain, keeping the shell on.Season with Creole seasoning or use list of spices in the recipe.
  • Over medium-low heat, melt the butter in a skillet and add garlic, rosemary and bay leaf. Cook on medium-low heat for about a minute.
  • Add hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice to the skillet and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and simmer until shrimp turn pink about 4-5 minutes, turning to coat the shrimp in sauce and cook on both sides.
  • Garnish with lemon slices and serve with bread.

Spicy New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp




2 Comments on Spicy New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp with VIDEO

  1. sweetsavant
    May 7, 2014 at 1:47 am (10 years ago)

    Thanks so much! I love this dish, the shrimp is great but the sauce is AMAZING!


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