Chef John's New Orleans-Style Barbequed Shrimp


This indigenous American shellfish dish, cooked on the stovetop, has plenty of big flavors from garlic, rosemary, and freshly cracked black pepper. Serve over hot cooked rice. Use the largest shrimp you can get.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds colossal shrimp, EZ-peel type (deveined and shells split down the back)

  • 1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • teaspoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®) (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • lemon, juiced

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, or more to taste

  • 2 dashes hot sauce, or to taste

  • 3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into chunks

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary for garnish


  1. Peel shrimp and place into a mixing bowl; set shrimp shells aside in a saucepan.

  2. Drizzle vegetable oil over shrimp and season with black pepper, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and seafood seasoning. Mix shrimp to coat with spices and cover bowl with plastic wrap; refrigerate shrimp to absorb flavors, at least 1 hour.

  3. Place reserved shrimp shells in saucepan over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon butter; cook and stir until shells are pink and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in chicken stock, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low; simmer until shrimp shells have given off their flavor, 20 to 30 minutes.

  4. Strain shrimp stock through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl and add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Stir to combine.

  5. Place a large skillet over high heat until pan is very hot; sear shrimp in the very hot, dry pan until shrimp are browned, about 1 minute per side.

  6. Stir 3 tablespoons cold butter, garlic, and minced rosemary into shrimp; cook and stir until shrimp are opaque in the middle and garlic is fragrant, 1 minute. Pour in shrimp stock.

  7. Transfer shrimp from skillet to a bowl, using a slotted spoon; reserve sauce in skillet. Bring sauce to a boil and cook until reduced slightly, about 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste. Return shrimp to pan, reduce heat to low, and warm through, about 1 minute. Serve shrimp drizzled with pan sauce; garnish with a rosemary sprig.

    close up view of Barbequed Shrimp over white rice, garnished with fresh rosemary

Cook's Note:

Colossal shrimp are 15 to a pound.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

308 Calories
19g Fat
8g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 308
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 290mg 97%
Sodium 837mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 27mg 136%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 404mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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