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Rob's Famous BBQ Shrimp Recipe (New Orleans BBQ Shrimp)

You'll think you've been transplanted to Bourbon Street when you taste this delicious New Orleans BBQ Shrimp! And, it's so easy that you can make it on busy weeknights! 

My father-in-law is famous for this new orleans-style barbecue shrimp. When he tells people he's planning to make it, they literally jump up and down! Okay, I'm the only one who does this, but when you have a dish that people anticipate eating when they're at your house, you truly have something to be proud of. 

"This recipe is DIVINE! 10 stars from me! Add in warm crusty bread for dipping! ❤️"

Lynda, Pinterest Comment

This New Orleans BBQ Shrimp isn't barbecued in the sense we typically think of. It's not grilled. It's not slathered in sweet barbecue sauce. This recipe is very similar to the recipe served at Pascal's Manale restaurant in New Orleans, where the dish originated. But, honestly, it's easier than their recipe!

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Recipe

It's baked in the world's most delicious butter sauce. Butter, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic worcestershire sauce, creole seasoning, bay leaves, black pepper and cayenne pepper are combined then poured over the top of the shrimp and then baked in the oven. The sauce seeps into the shrimp, the shrimp shell locks in the spices.

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Recipe

First, you place the shrimp in a shallow baking dish. 

Combine butter, lemon juice, olive oil and spices in a small saucepan and get to a rolling boil over medium-high heat.

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Recipe

Then, place shrimp in a large casserole dish or dutch oven and pour sauce over the top of the shrimp. You'll only need to bake for about 20 minutes. Watch the shrimp cook in the oven while you pour yourself a nice glass of wine or make a fresh green salad.

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Recipe

I typically use fresh shrimp if I can find it. For the size of the shrimp, I prefer medium shrimp (30-35) for this recipe. You can select either peeled OR deveined raw shrimp, depending on your preference. I do not think this is a good way to use jumbo shrimp. I like to maximize the surface area of shrimp that touches the delicious buttery bath!

Like all recipes, you have the option to make some fun additions. Here's are some great additions that I've added to this cajun shrimp recipe with success:

  • A splash of white wine
  • Top with green onions once baked for garnish
  • Add lemon slices once baked for garnish
  • Add fresh rosemary once baked and stir to allow the herb to become fragrant
  • If you are concerned about the butter content, substitute a portion of butter for shrimp stock or seafood stock.
New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Recipe

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I need to reiterate that you are going to want to pick up a big loaf of french bread to go with this shrimp! Don't let the butter content scare you. Kind of like mussels, there is a TON of extra sauce leftover.

You may want to tear your hot French bread into small chunks to make it easier to grab while you're eating.

Also, grab a big bowl for the shrimp shells! Eating this barbecue shrimp recipe is a FUN, communal experience!

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Recipe
New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Recipe

Rob's Famous BBQ Shrimp (New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp)

Yield: 2-3 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

The BEST shrimp I've ever tasted! Cooked in butter, lemon and tons of spices.


  • 1 pound large shrimp, raw, shell-on (preferably)
  • ¾ pound salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, finely diced
  • juice of 1.5 large lemons
  • 1.5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon black or white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash of hot sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a shallow baking pan (I use a 9x9'' Pyrex pan) OR a Dutch oven with the raw shrimp.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
  4. Add garlic. Gently sauté for 1-2 minutes, until garlic is softened, but not browned.
  5. Add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, spices and hot sauce. Heat over low-medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the liquid starts to bubble.
  6. Pour hot liquid over shrimp in casserole dish and place in oven to bake.
  7. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with crusty bread.


  • We usually double this recipe! If you double the recipe, use a 9x13'' sized casserole pan.
  • Serve with crusty bread and a simple green salad.

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