This recipe for New Orleans BBQ shrimp is tender and succulent shrimp cooked in a bold and zesty sauce – full of flavor and easy to make! This dish makes for the perfect appetizer or main course option.

Love shrimp? Then you’ll definitely want to try my garlic butter shrimp, grilled shrimp skewers and this fabulous BBQ style shrimp.

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A wooden spoon serving up a portion of New Orleans BBQ shrimp.

I’ve never been to New Orleans, but that doesn’t stop me from making these New Orleans BBQ shrimp. You probably see the word BBQ here and assume that it means the shrimp are grilled, but they’re actually cooked on the stove in a savory butter based sauce. Let me tell you, these shrimp are absolutely amazing, and ready in only 15 minutes! They’re great for an appetizer or as part of a meal, but regardless of when or how you eat them, a loaf of crusty bread on the side is a MUST to sop up that sauce.

A pot of New Orleans BBQ shrimp garnished with lemon wedges and parsley.

How do you make New Orleans BBQ shrimp?

These New Orleans BBQ Shrimp are super simple to make – the shrimp are cooked in a pan with garlic, butter, lemon and seasonings. I buy the largest, highest quality shrimp I can find for this recipe, I think it really makes a difference in the end product. Of course it’ll still be great with smaller shrimp, but if you see the big guys (the ones pictured are the U-15 per pound size), snap them up!


Shrimp doesn’t take long to cook, especially if you buy the pre-cooked kind (they’re already pinkish when you buy them at the store). If you buy the greyish shrimp, that means they’re uncooked, and once they turn pink and opaque, that’s when you know they’re done. It typically takes 3-4 minutes to cook average sized shrimp. Be sure to watch your shrimp carefully so that they don’t overcook. This recipe calls for uncooked shrimp, if you use the pre-cooked variety they may turn tough during the second cooking process.

BBQ shrimp in a spiced butter sauce in a pot.

This recipe calls for Cajun seasoning – not all seasoning blends are made equal. Some have more heat, others have more salt, so the amount of Cajun seasoning may vary a bit depending on your particular blend. I would start with the 2 teaspoons and if you feel like it needs a little more, feel free to add it. You can also add a little more heat with a splash of hot sauce or sprinkling of cayenne pepper, but I kept it mild because I was feeding kids.

Giant shrimp cooked in a spiced butter sauce, then garnished with lemon slices and chopped parsley.

These New Orleans BBQ Shrimp have rocketed to the top of my favorite recipes list along with other classics like Cajun shrimp and sausage pasta, orange shrimp and broccoli, shrimp chow mein and shrimp tacos with mango salsa.

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5 from 8 votes

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

AuthorSara Welch
This recipe for New Orleans BBQ shrimp is tender and succulent shrimp cooked in a bold and zesty sauce - full of flavor and easy to make!
This recipe for New Orleans BBQ shrimp is tender and succulent shrimp cooked in a bold and zesty sauce - full of flavor and easy to make!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Cajun
Serves 4 servings


  • 1 pound of large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: chopped fresh parsley and lemon wedges


  • Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning on the shrimp; toss to coat evenly.
  • Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp are pink and opaque.
  • Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve; garnished with parsley and lemon wedges if desired.


Calories: 200kcal | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 211mg | Sodium: 910mg | Sugar: 1g

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  1. 5 stars
    After being in New Orleans I would say this recipe is as good as what we had there! I’ve been looking for this recipe and so happy to find it!

  2. 5 stars
    I always love trying new Cajun recipes when I can and this looks spot on! Looking forward to making this; so perfect for summer!

  3. I’m seriously lusting after these shrimp Sara, I would love to serve them at my next get together. It seems everyone loves Cajun! Pinning and sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    A gorgeous dish, Sara. Shrimp is a huge favorite in my house and these spices are making an irresistible dinner. Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to make this! Sharing 🙂

  5. What a beautiful pot of shrimp and I love the cajun flavours! Pinned!

  6. i’ve never been to new orleans either but i sure love all the food and flavours that come from there. such delicious looking bbq shrimp. love how spiced it is!

  7. What kind of cajun seasoning do you like? There are so many to chose from and I always love the flavor. We are all in on the cayenne too. This is a gorgeous pot of tender shrimp – my husband and I would devour this meal! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I buy my Cajun seasoning from Penzey’s through mail order, it’s flavorful but not spicy which is perfect for the kids!

  8. That is the most succulent shrimp I think I’ve ever seen — my husband would love this, it’s on the menu for this week!