Meatless Friday: New Orleans Style Barbecued Shrimp


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I have no idea why this dish is called Barbecued (BBQ) Shrimp, because the shrimp are not really barbecued. They’re baked in the oven at 350. But “Barbecued Shrimp” is the name this recipe is stuck with. If you go to any restaurant in New Orleans (or anywhere in south Louisiana) and order Barbecued Shrimp, you will be served some variation of this recipe. And it will always be accompanied by a hearty portion of French bread.

It’s good. Real good. That’s why it’s on menus all across the region. That’s also why everybody serves it with French bread. I mean, you need something to sop up all that good juju-ma-gumbo, right? And French bread fits that bill perfectly.

Now dat’s good eats, folks!


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  • 1/2 cup butter (we prefer Kerrygold butter)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Vidalia onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced
  • 4 to 5 cloves of garlic, crushed (we use a mortar & pestle to crush garlic)
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • A liberal pouring of Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • Extra pats of butter placed on top of shrimp before putting them in oven
  • 4 lbs large / jumbo fresh shrimp (16/20 count), with heads attached
  • Warm French bread (for sopping up all the delicious ju-ju-ma-gumbo)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a large frying pan, melt the butter together with the olive oil. Add the onion, rosemary, and oregano, and sauté until the onion is translucent (about 8 to 10 minutes).
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional 2 or 3 minutes.Then stir in the parsley and add the salt, black pepper and cayenne. Remove from heat.
  4. Rinse the shrimp and arrange them in rows in a shallow baking dish (you might need two baking dishes to fit them all).
  5. Pour the sauce over the top and “pepper” the dish(es) with pats of butter.
  6. Put the dishes in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, making sure to stir the shrimp up every ten minutes.
  7. Serve the shrimp immediately in bowls (shallow bowls are preferred). Always serve with an ample supply of French bread.



Have you had Barbecued Shrimp before? If not, what’s your favorite shrimp recipe? Comment below.

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About Author

Jeff Young, perhaps better known as The Catholic Foodie, is an author, blogger, radio host and podcaster. He is the founder and producer of The Catholic Foodie blog and podcast where he provides "Catholic culinary inspiration to help you grow in faith around the table." Jeff hosts a daily live radio show – The Catholic Foodie Show – on, and he co-hosts the Around the Table Food Show on Catholic Community Radio 690AM (New Orleans) and 1380AM (Baton Rouge). Jeff is a monthly contributor to and a contributing author of Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary, published by Ave Maria Press. Jeff Young is a proud member of the elite Catholic Speakers Organization, CMG Booking. Jeff has spoken on topics ranging from "growing in faith around the table" to "using social media in the New Evangelization." Jeff's first book, Around the Table with The Catholic Foodie: Middle Eastern Cuisine, published by Liguori Publications is now available. With 78 recipes and stories of faith and family (including his travels to the Holy Land), the book is sure to inspire you to get into the kitchen and to gather your family around the table. The book is available on,, and wherever good Catholic books are sold.

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