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New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp

June 09, 2021 4 min read

If you love Louisiana-style food, this recipe is a must- try! With crisp shrimp and a light, spicy sauce, this dish is packed with authentic New Orleans flavor. Serve with crusty French bread for a satisfying meal - and don’t forget to save some bread to dip into the leftover sauce! With a few simple adjustments, this recipe can be made to suit gluten-free dietary needs as well. Upgrade your weeknight cooking with this quick and easy recipe by Multo® and enjoy its unparalleled southern tastes.

How to make New Orleans style BBQ Shrimp with Multo™  by CookingPal®?

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimps

1. Make the sauce.

Add the butter and spices to begin making the sauce. This sauce is classified as New Orleans-style due to its buttery consistency and combination of seasonings. Southern food is known for its spices, brought out in this recipe by the cayenne pepper. 

A fun fact about this type of BBQ shrimp is that it’s not even grilled on a barbecue. The dish gets its name from the sauce which, once fully cooked, will resemble a traditional BBQ sauce.

Barbecue Sauce

2. Sauté the shrimp.

Add the shrimp to the bowl and sauté for 10 minutes. 

This recipe calls for deveined shrimp with their shells. Using shrimp with the shell still on will retain most of their natural juices and flavor, resulting in a more flavorful sauce. Medium to large-sized shrimp would be the best size, as shrimp tend to shrink during the cooking process. If you cannot find these types of shrimp, any type of fully-cooked or frozen shrimp would work. Prawns can also be used as a substitute; although they may differ slightly in size and taste (prawns tend to be larger and meatier), they are often used interchangeably in cooking. 

Deveining and removing the shells of shrimp can be done in a few simple steps. The head can be easily removed with a knife or a pair of scissors. To remove the shell, begin by taking off the shrimp’s legs and then peeling back the shell until it’s fully removed. At this point, you can devein the shrimp by running a knife along the back of the shrimp to loosen the vein and then gently pull it out. 

The head and shells can be saved in a plastic bag to make a delicious fish stock. Add these pieces to boiling water along with the other ingredients such as salt, onions, celery, carrots, and simmer until the flavors have fully meshed together.

3. Cook shrimps with broth and beer.

Add the sauce and beer to the shrimp and cook together for about 5 minutes. 

Beer is a great addition to this recipe as it will enhance the color of the sauce and will produce tender, flavorful shrimp. Beer is often used in other recipes with various meats for the same reasons, to strengthen their natural taste and maintain their juices. 

Beer can also be used in other recipes. Use it in salad dressings, in soups, and even to make homemade pizza dough!

Tips and Tricks

  • Can I freeze cooked shrimp? How long do cooked shrimp last in the fridge?

    Yes, you can freeze cooked shrimp. They will last in the freezer for 10-12 months. If you are freezing shrimp that you cooked with the shell on, it is best to keep the shell on to maintain their flavor and freshness.

  • Can I eat shrimps while pregnant? Who is not suggested to eat shrimp? 

    It is safe to eat small amounts of cooked shrimp if you are pregnant. The acceptable amount of cooked shrimp or seafood pregnant women can eat is 8-12 oz per week. Shrimp are known for being high in cholesterol, so those with cholesterol problems or heart disease should steer away from shrimp.

  • Can I eat raw shrimps? If so, what should I be careful with?

    Since raw seafood can carry harmful bacteria that can lead to food poisoning and other illnesses, it is not recommended to eat shrimp unless it is cooked. However, there is a special type of shrimp called spot shrimp that is safer to eat when raw, and this variety is commonly used when making sushi.

  • What are other ways to cook shrimps?

    Shrimp can be prepared in many different ways for delicious meals. They can be grilled, sautéed, or baked in the oven and taste great with different marinades, fresh sauces, or with a simple lemon and olive oil drizzle. Once cooked, they can be served on salads, over pasta, on top of rice or grits, or as a delicious appetizer.

Shrimp Dip

Shrimp Bisque

  • How can I alter this recipe for a gluten-free diet?

    To make this recipe gluten-free, simply substitute the beer for an equal amount of your favorite type of gluten-free beer. You can also substitute the French bread for gluten-free bread or serve with another gluten-free side dish.

    Bring Louisiana cooking to your home with this easy-to-follow BBQ shrimp recipe. With authentic spices, crispy shrimp, and a buttery sauce, this meal will be loved by everyone. Be prepared to get your fingers a little messy as you soak up the leftover sauce with the bread - we promise you won’t be disappointed! Be sure to also check out Multo’s other recipe ideas for inspiration and step-by-step directions for delicious meals!

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