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Easy Barbecue Shrimp

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

Hands-on time 45 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 5 mins

Makes 4 first-course servings

For a flavorful, Southern-style dish, serve this Easy Barbecue Shrimp with Jalapeno Biscuits


  • 24 large head-on shrimp (about 2 lb.), peeled, tails left on; shells and heads reserved
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons Emeril's Creole Seasoning or other Creole seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice from 2 lemons (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • Jalapeño Biscuits

How to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with half of the cracked pepper, 1 tsp. of the Creole seasoning, and the rosemary until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Heat 1 Tbsp. of the oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat. Add the shrimp shells and heads and the remaining 1/2 Tbsp. pepper and 1 tsp. Creole seasoning, and cook, stirring a few times, for 3 minutes. Add the wine, water, Worcestershire, lemon juice, onion, garlic, and hot sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and let gently bubble for 45 minutes. Strain through a coarse strainer; you should have about 1 cup of barbecue base.

  3. Heat a 14-inch skillet over high heat. Add the remaining 2 Tbsp. oil and then the shrimp; cook for 2 minutes, searing on both sides. Pour in the barbecue base, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer until the shrimp are cooked through, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat; whisk in the butter, 1 piece at a time, not adding another until the previous piece is fully incorporated in the sauce.

  4. Transfer the shrimp to a serving platter or small individual plates. Spoon the sauce over the shrimp, and serve immediately with the Jalapeño Biscuits.

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