Easy BBQ Shrimp

BBQ Shrimp is a classic New Orleans dish.  “BBQ” in the name is a bit of a misnomer, there is no grilling or smoking involved.  Rather, the dish is a combination of butter (plenty of butter,) garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings.  Traditionally, the shrimp are sautéed shell-on (and sometimes head on,) then served in the seasoned butter sauce.  Make sure to have plenty of French bread for dipping the tasty sauce.  Peeling the shrimp at the table gets the flavorful sauce all over the shrimp (and your hands, and sometimes the table!). My Easy BBQ Shrimp recipe takes out most of the time and almost all of the mess, and will have dinner on the table in about 20 minutes!

Making Easy BBQ Shrimp

So flavorful and easy!

For this recipe, I make it significantly easier to cook as well as eat.  First, you can buy raw, peeled and deveined shrimp for the recipe, or, better yet buy peel on shrimp and save the peels and tails to make a delicious shrimp stock.  Next, I use my Classic BBQ rub along with my Woo Woo Sauce and Cajun Garlic Sauce to make an amazingly flavorful sauce.

Use a thick, enameled skillet and melt the butter over medium-low heat.  Add in some garlic and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.  Then, simply add Classic Rub, Cajun Garlic, and Woo Woo sauce, bring heat up to medium high.  When the butter is bubbling, add in the shrimp, cook 4-5 minutes or until opaque throughout, and serve with plenty of hot buttered bread!

Use the rice to grab the amazing flavor of the sauce!

As always, I hope you enjoy!

Like this recipe?  Try my recipe for Grilled Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Dip or Crab Louie Salad with Grilled Romaine and Horseradish Crema Gel

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Easy BBQ Shrimp


Make this easy, flavorful riff on a traditional New Orleans recipe.  Serve 1/4 pound of peeled shrimp per person as an appetizer, or 6 oz per person as an entree.  Make sure you have plenty of toasted bread to sop up the delicious sauce!



1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp, preferably Gulf shrimp

1 stick unsalted butter

1 tsp minced garlic

1.5 TBS Melissa’s Classic BBQ Rub

1 tsp Melissa’s Cajun Garlic Sauce

1.5 TBS Melissa’s Woo Woo Sauce, or 2 TBS regular Worcestershire

1 tsp smoked paprika

Kosher salt, to taste

French bread, toasted, for serving

Cooked rice, for serving (optional)

Chopped Green onions or Italian Parsley, for garnish


In a heavy bottomed skillet, melt butter over low heat.  Add garlic and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until fragrant.

Add in Classic Rub, paprika, Cajun Garlic Sauce, and Woo Woo Sauce.  Stir to incorporate, then turn heat to medium-high, testing for salt before it gets too hot.

When butter is starting to pop, add in shrimp and cook for 4-5 minutes, turning often.  Remove shrimp when they are opaque.

Pour shrimp and butter sauce into a bowl for serving.  Serve atop white rice, if desired, and with plenty of the delicious butter sauce.  Garnish with green onions or parlsey.  Serve with toasted bread.