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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 barbecued 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 really, when you have a dish that people anticipate eating when they’re at your house, you truly have something to be proud of.
This New Orleans BBQ Shrimp isn’t barbecued in the sense we typically think of. It’s not grilled. It’s not slathered in tomato-based sauce. It’s baked in the world’s most delicious sauce. Butter, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and several other spices are combined then poured over the top of the shrimp and then roasted. The sauce seeps into the shrimp, the shrimp shell locks in the spices.
Spicy? Like, HOT spicy?
Nope. When I say “spices,” I don’t mean that this dish is hot like cayenne peppers. It’s just full of incredible flavor. The closest thing I can compare it to is shrimp dishes that I’ve had in New Orleans, although it packs less heat.
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. Then, dump over the top of the shrimp, and bake for 20 minutes!
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, most of it remains in the pan, not in your belly.
Love this New Orleans BBQ Shrimp recipe? I bet you’ll also like my Flank Steak with Caramelized Onion Sauce recipe, or this Honey Sriracha Snapper.