New Orleans Peel and Eat Shrimp

New Orleans Peel and Eat Shrimp


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These are delicious and addictive little buggers. Serve them with baguettes and lemon wedges.

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Time needed

15 min preparation + 15 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

6 servings


  • 1 1/2 lb. large shrimp, 21 to 25 per lb.
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 7 wooden skewers, 12-inch

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Snip shells of shrimp with scissors down middle of back, leaving the tail and first segment of shell intact. Make an incision along length of back where shells are cut and devein, leaving shells in place. Leaving the shells on will prevent the shrimp from becoming tough on outside when grilled. Toss shrimp with oil, garlic, and 1/2 tsp. salt and marinate at cool room temperature 15 minutes.

While shrimp marinate, prepare the grill for cooking. If using a charcoal grill, open vents on bottom of grill, then light charcoal. Charcoal fire is medium-hot when you can hold your hand 5 inches above rack for 3-4 seconds. If using a gas grill, preheat burners on high, covered, 10 minutes, then reduce heat to medium-high.

Heat butter, chili powder, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt in a small heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, stirring, until butter is melted, then remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.

Thread 4 or 5 shrimp onto each skewer and grill, covered only if using a gas grill, turning over once, until just cooked through, 3-4 minutes total. Push shrimp off skewers into a bowl, then pour butter mixture over them and toss to combine well.

Note: Shrimp can be broiled on a broiler pan 6 inches from heat, turning over once, about 6 minutes total.

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