New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

Recipe from Stuart Calton, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Adapted from a recipe by Mr. B's Restaurant



15 min

Prep Time

20 min



  • 1 1/2 lbs. raw whole jumbo shrimp (about 16)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp Creole Seasoning*
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cubed


  1. In a large skillet, combine all the ingredients except butter.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat, tossing and moving shrimp until they turn pink, about 1 minute on each side.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add butter, a few cubes at a time, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove skillet from heat.
  5. Place shrimp in a bowl and pour the sauce over top.
  6. Serve with French bread and cold beer.

*Creole Seasoning

(Makes 4 cups)

1-1/2 cups paprika

3/4 cup ground black pepper

1/2 cup kosher salt

1/3 cup granulated garlic

1/3 cup dried thyme

1/3 cup dried oregano

1/3 cup dried basil

1/4 cup granulated onion

1/4 cup cayenne pepper