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Chef John's Indoor BBQ Shrimp

Rated as 4.71 out of 5 Stars

"If the weather puts a damper on your barbeque plans, these indoor barbeque shrimp are so easy and fast. Use the raw, ready-to-peel shrimp that are deveined but still have their shells on (raw, ready-to-peel) to achieve the char-grilled look without worrying about dry shrimp."
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26 m servings 142
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Season with salt, pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, allspice, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, ketchup. Pour in olive oil and stir thoroughly. Let shrimp sit for about 15 minutes, no longer.
  2. Heat a dry saute pan over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking, or when a few drops of water sizzle and start to bead up before evaporating. Place shrimp in pan. Let cook on one side until the shrimp turns from opaque to white about halfway up the side, 3 or 4 minutes. Turn shrimp over. Cook until shrimp are almost cooked through. Transfer to a serving plate.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 142 calories; 4.7 6 18.9 173 685 Full nutrition

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I made this last night for my father-in-law’s birthday. He requested BBQ shrimp, and I wasn’t about to get the grill out here in the Northeast, haha. This recipe not only perfectly fit the bil...

These were good even though a bit spicy. Messy to eat. Makes a mess in the pan, but with a little baking soda soak, it cleaned up pretty easily. Probably won't make again.

I know it's called INDOOR bbq shrimp, but we cooked it on our Big Green Egg. I tasted the marinade before adding the shrimp, and added a little more ketchup and brown sugar, and a wee bit of Wo...

Loved this recipe! I stir-fried the dish in my wok! Everyone loved it!

This was fantastic! I don't care for cayenne so I used chipotle. I was concerned about serving shrimp in the shell but after eating them I didn't care how messy I got! I used Argentine Red Shrim...

As a non shrimp fan I really liked this. They were yummy and very easy to make. I will cut back a bit on the cumin next time as was a bit strong. Also I only used a dash of heat, my preference...

Simple and surprisingly tastier than I thought it would be. A nice sweet- heat, I will try using chili sauce instead of ketchup next time. Great recipe on it's own or to experiment with.

Awesome dish!!! Easy to make and delicious!! Thanks!! Third time we made this dish I added a tsp of smokes chipotle powder and everyone LOVED it!!

I used a SS saute pan and followed the directions. Perfect amount of heat after removing the shells. Plenty of flavor and color got through the shells. I used 16-20 Prawns. Definitely will be us...