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New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp

Updated on June 8, 2015

Barbecue Shrimp

Barbecue Shrimp
Barbecue Shrimp | Source

New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp

First, barbecue shrimp are not normally cooked on a barbecue grill. The name is confusing, but the taste is what is important. It is an oven cooked food. And, like many other dishes served in the New Orleans region, it is quite tasty. New Orleans is the place where bland food is rare, and highly flavorful food is normal. And, barbecue shrimp is highly flavorful.

When cooking barbecue shrimp, or ordering in a restaurant, remember, the melted butter is the main focus, so this dish loses too much if saved. Cook or order only what you plan to eat.

This lens will go through the process, but first look at the image and start getting the urge to eat some now.

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First, a warning

There is a small portion of the population who are allergic to shellfish. If you are likely to have an allergic reaction, perhaps you should have something else.


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Clean the Shrimp

Shrimp are best when served fresh. If frozen is all you can get, then substitute, but for those of you starting with fresh shrimp, do rinse them before cooking. And, it is recommended the heads be removed even before cooking, although this is not really necessary.


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Prepare and Heat

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not overheat the oven. Shrimp cook fast. If you use Celsius, it should be about 175 degrees. While the oven is preheating, arrange the shrimp in a pan in a single layer. Put the pan aside until the butter is ready.

The dish should have the layer of shrimp covered with melted butter, so slowly melt enough butter to cover the shrimp in the pan. The seasoning should be a few tablespoons of olive oil, garlic power to taste, onions to taste, and a seasoning. We used Tony Chacere's Seasoning. Be generous with the seasoning.

The shrimp are cooked with the peel on, if possible. If all you can get is the already peeled shrimp, it should work. Remember, the seasoning must work its way between the shrimp and the peel.

For a Healthier Version

We actually used no salt added butter and salt free seasoning.

In the Oven

Shrimp Cooking
Shrimp Cooking | Source

Cookong Time

The pan is removed from the oven after twenty minutes. Do not overcook the shrimp!

The final dish looks like the image provided.


Serving the barbecued shrimp
Serving the barbecued shrimp | Source


The shrimp are placed in a plate, and the butter and seasoning poured over the shrimp. Bread is served alongside the dish. The bread is actually used t dip into the butter.

In Louisiana we use Po Boy Bread. This is not likely to be available elsewhere, but a nice Italian bread can be used. A warm bread that can be broken or cut into chunks works well.

Other Versions

For other versions you may consult a cookbook that specializes in Louisiana cooking. Please consider the ones we have selected. The first one is truly authentic cooking from the region, while the second author contains, with permission, recipes of many famous restaurants.


This is a messy dish. Peeling butter covered shrimp can be problematic. So, this is recommended for less than formal attire. And have a generous supply of paper towels handy.

Peeling the shrimp first is an option to reduce the mess, and should be done if the dish is served at a formal dinner party.

Cookbook: Roux Memories

Cookbook: Roux Memories

Roux Memories: A Cajun-Creole Love Story with Recipes
Roux Memories: A Cajun-Creole Love Story with Recipes

This is a cookbook with authentic cooking from Louisiana.


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    • piedromolinero profile image

      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      We prepare shrimps very often as we all like them. Your New Orleans Style Shrimps will be definitely tried very soon!

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago

      Your New Orleans Style Barbecue Shrimp looks yummy. I love shrimp!

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      Looks awesome!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Sounds positively delicious! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      waterlily78 6 years ago

      This looks delicious! I always wanted to go to New Orleans, just to try some of the wonderful food.