New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

New Orleans Style Shrimp in a buttery sauce in a saucepan.

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A classic New Orleans dish made with seasoned melted butter and large shrimp. This dish makes a perfect weeknight meal served with crusty bread or rice.


  • 1 lb. large or extra-large shrimp (preferably with heads on, but at least with the shell on?
  • 1 scant teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 scant teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed 
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1/2 cup clam juice
  • 1/4 cup beer, room temperature
  • 1/4 lb. + 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)


Rinse the shrimp and drain. Pinch off the heads if you prefer,  and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the dried herbs, salt, and pepper.

Combine 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) butter, garlic, Worcestershire, and seasoning mix in a large skillet over high heat. When the butter is melted, add the shrimp.

Cook for 2 minutes, shaking the pan (versus stirring). Add the remaining 5 Tablespoons of melted butter and the clam juice; cook and shake pan for 2 more minutes until the mixture is emulsified. Add the beer and cook and shake pan 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat.

Serve immediately in bowls with loads of French bread or rice.


(Do not double the recipe – cook each batch separately. Also, shaking the pan keeps the sauce from separating.)

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