Cajun BBQ Shrimp

Cajun Bbq Shrimp Recipe

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Dene Mitzel


We have been making this in my family for many years. Although it is called BBQ shrimp, there is NO barbecue sauce, only butter and pepper. The recipe originally came from a New Orleans cookbook that my mom had when I was a kid. (I don't know what the name of it was) We have served this at many "get togethers" with family and friends and everyone loves it and looks forward to it! The amount of pepper sounds a little crazy, but you must try it.... this recipe really is AWESOME! And the sauce is great for dipping toasted french bread, boiled red potatoes, and corn on the cob!


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10 Min
45 Min


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  • 5 lb
    large shrimp, heads on
  • 6 stick
    real butter (1 per lb of shrimp and one for the pan)
  • 1
    4 oz. can black pepper

How to Make Cajun BBQ Shrimp


  1. Spread newpaper on counter. Lay out shrimp to dry in a single layer on newspaper for 45 minutes.
  2. Place shrimp in a large broiler pan.
  3. Cut butter into chunks and place on top of shrimp.
  4. Sprinkle about 3/4 can of the black pepper over the shrimp and butter, until well covered.
  5. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  6. Spread newspaper on the table and have plenty of napkins! Serve with boiled red potatoes, corn on the cob, and toasted french bread. ( All for dipping in the butter sauce.)

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About Cajun BBQ Shrimp

Course/Dish: Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Hashtags: #shrimp, #spicy, #cajun, #creole

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