New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Recipe

If you’ve never had New Orleans style BBQ shrimp, you are missing out! The name of the dish can be a little misleading because it is far from what you would traditionally think of as BBQ. The sauce is lemony, buttery, peppery goodness served atop shrimp with plenty of french bread to soak up the extra, which in my humble opinion is the best part! This recipe was adapted from my family cookbook. For more of my family recipes, check out my mom’s blog Sur le Plat!


  • 2 pounds medium to large shrimp, unpeeled and with the heads on
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • juice of one lemon
  • 3 additional lemons, sliced
  • white wine
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 loaf of french bread


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees while you are making the sauce. For the sauce, melt your stick of butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Then add the olive oil, garlic, Worcestershire, hot sauce, black pepper, lemon juice, a splash of white wine or more to taste, fresh rosemary and other herbs if you would like and the sliced lemons.

Let that simmer for a couple of minutes and stir a couple of times. Lay out your shrimp in a baking dish (or two if one isn’t large enough). Then, pour the sauce over the shrimp and stir them to be sure they are completely coated.

Bake for about 15 minutes, taking them out to stir a couple of times to be sure they are getting nice and juicy! Put your french bread in to warm it up a couple of minutes before you are done.

Serve with white wine and french bread and enjoy the flavors of New Orleans BBQ Shrimp! This recipe makes enough for two people.