New Orleans Barbecue Beer Shrimp

 New Orleans BBQ Beer Shrimp

 There is a magic to sharing a dish of food with a group of people, it’s unifying. We can all have our separate plates, and play nice, but placing a big pot of food in the middle of a table seems to breaks down walls. For this same reason, I love those big sharable 22 ounce beers that require that beer glassware I love so much.

At the moment, my grill is broken so I need other options for, fun, get-your-hands-messy, food that can feed the Sunday Supper guests I keep begging to come over and eat my food at the end of the week. This was great, it only took about 15 minutes, really delicious and it has an unholy amount of butter.

If you can handle it, get the head-on prawns for some added flavor. And don’t forget that bread to mop up that fantastic sauce.

New Orleans BBQ Beer Shrimp2I use this cast iron skillet nearly every day, it’s amazing (affiliate link).

New Orleans Barbecue Beer Shrimp

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • ½ teaspoon hot chili sauce (such as sriracha)
  • 1 cup pale ale
  • 1 pounds raw shrimp, deveined, shell on


  • Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (besides the shrimp), bring to a simmer.
  • Add the shrimp, cook until shrimp have turned pink. Avoid over cooking or the shrimp will be tough.
  • Serve with crust bread to mop up all that beautiful sauce. And lots of napkins.

Adapted from the original New Orleans BBQ Shrimp recipe from Pascale’s Manale

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16 Responses to New Orleans Barbecue Beer Shrimp

  1. Prez_ups June 5, 2013 at 4:51 am #


    Do you have a non-melted weight for the butter that will make a cup melted?


    • Sarah June 5, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      I think that the comma indicates you take a cup of butter (2 sticks), and then melt it. At least, that’s what I’m planning on doing tonight! This looks fantastic!

    • danielle June 5, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      1 cup = 16tbs = usually 2 sticks of butter. The wrapper for the butter should have tbs and cups on it. If you’re scoopin’ from a tub, that ain’t butter ;)

    • Jackie June 5, 2013 at 8:47 am #

      It’s 226 grams or 1/2 a pound. I’m assuming you aren’t US based? So sorry for the US measurements, I too wish we were on metric!

  2. Tieghan June 5, 2013 at 4:53 am #

    I LOVE all the butter in this, butter makes food good and so does beer! This recipe as both so it is obviously a HUGE winner in my book!

  3. Happy Valley Chow June 5, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    Love this recipe, sounds delicious :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen June 5, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    Wow, this looks sssooo good. I just may have to make this for dinner tonight! Unless of course, you want to stop by and make it for me! I’ll chill the brewskies!

  5. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe June 5, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    Reminds me of the shrimp boils we would do at the beach during summer vacations as a kid. No beer in those though, so this sounds even better.

  6. Karen Marie June 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    “Hand-on prawns”? Head-on prawns?

    Sounds delicious. Added to my must try list. Thank you.

    • Jackie June 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

      Thanks, I fixed it. I seems to always make errors that defy the magic of spell check.

  7. Charlie June 6, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    I have done something similar to this in the past. Sub the 3 garlic cloves and go for the Kerrygold Irish butter, the garlic and herb blend. Heaven!

  8. ashley - baker by nature June 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I love shareable meals like this! And we always swipe up prawns whenever we see them. This is a must make!

  9. claudeine June 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Perfectly recipe, such good and easy shrimp!

  10. Laura July 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    This is a great recipe, I’ve made it twice (perfect for father’s day meal… he is always willing to help with the leftover beer). All the other recipes I’ve tried from your site have been just as good!!
    Since you’ve moved back to the seattle area, I hope you are planning to attend the Yakima Fresh Hop Ale Festival in October? Great chance to try a lot of local craft beer!


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