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Big Easy Barbecue Shrimp

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings
Created in 1954 at Pascal's Manale Italian restaurant in New Orleans, Barbecue Shrimp soon became a spiral-bound classic. The seasonings may vary, but it's always served with a crusty loaf of French bread for soaking up the buttery sauce. This recipe, from Elizabeth Ross of Dallas, first ran to rave reviews in our September 2006 issue.


  • 3 pounds unpeeled large fresh shrimp
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons Asian garlic-chili pepper sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 (16-oz.) French baguette, sliced

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place shrimp in a shallow aluminum foil-lined broiler pan. Stir together butter and next 8 ingredients in a saucepan over low heat until butter melts; pour over shrimp. Bake 25 minutes, stirring and turning shrimp after 10 minutes. Serve with French bread.

    Peeling, Deveining, and Butterflying Shrimp

Cook's Notes

Bay leaves are an integral seasoning in Cajun and Creole cooking. However, when left whole, as in this recipe, they should not be eaten. For testing purposes only, we used A Taste Of Thai Garlic Chili Pepper Sauce, which is found on the international or Asian aisle of the supermarket.

Also appeared in: Southern Living, September, 2006;