Louisiana BBQ Shrimp

Traditional Louisiana BBQ shrimp is cooked in the oven, but for this recipe, we will be cooking it in a cast-iron pan right on the grill.  Whether you use gas, charcoal, or a pellet cooker for this is entirely up to you. What will be evident is how delicious this recipe is! Serve over rice, or mop up the sauce with a nice sourdough bread.

Louisiana BBQ Shrimp

Louisiana BBQ Shrimp

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American


  • 2 1/2 pounds jumbo shrimp
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley garnish
  • 3/4 cup good quality ale
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne use less if preferred
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper


  • Prepare the shrimp by snipping the shell down the back with a pair of kitchen scissors. Remove vein. Traditionally, the shells are left on, but I prefer to remove them. Repeat process with each shrimp.
  • In a large bowl, combine ale, broth, melted butter, oil, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, cayenne, granulated onion, and white pepper. Add deveined shrimp to mixture. Gently toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.
  • Preheat your grill for medium-high heat. Place a cast-iron skillet large enough to accommodate all of the shrimp onto the grill. Heat it up for about 10 minutes; until it’s good and hot.
  • Add the shrimp marinade into the pan first. This will become the sauce. Let it bubble up and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Stir through and watch for burning.
  • Now, add the shrimp and cook for another 5 minutes, turning often.
  • One shrimp are firm and pink in appearance, and the sauce has simmered and reduced by 1/3, remove the cast iron pan from grill. It's best to use heat resistant gloves for this job.
  • Carefully place contents into a serving dish, or set the hot pan on a sturdy heat resistant surface. Serve with rice or a good crusty bread, and dig in!


Photo by: Sabrina Baksh
Keyword grilled shrimp
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