Easy Barbecue Shrimp

- Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mindi Shapiro
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

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

Hands-on time: 45 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Yields: Makes 4 first-course servings


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

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.

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.

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.

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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