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New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

Legend has it that New Orleans’ famous “Barbecue Shrimp” recipe started at Pascale Manale’s uptown in the 1950’s. On one hand, it tastes nothing like any traditional barbecue sauce out there, but on the other, it’s still a satisfyingly smoky and sultry dish. Over the top with tons of herbs and butter, this is a show off meal when you want to give your friends and family a true taste of New Orleans¬† history.


  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 1 sprig fresh oregano
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 pounds medium to large fresh shrimp, unpeeled


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT shrimp in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Taste mixture and add a little salt if needed.

Place shrimp in a 9X13-inch baking dish.
Pour butter mixture over shrimp.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once.
Serve with French bread to mop up the liquid.