Shrimp has a lot going for it. It’s a lean protein option that’s quick-cooking and easy to prepare and though it’s plenty delicious on its own, there are countless ways to dress it up with flavor. But once you’ve tried this Spicy New Orleans-Style Shrimp, you probably won’t look any further. It’s shrimp that’s baked in a spicy, garlicky, saucy situation that’s perfect for snacking or rounding out into a full meal… Just make sure you’ve got some bread to go along with it – you don’t want to miss this dipping opportunity!
There are a couple of keys to ultimate success here. The first is in the method. You’re going to make a simple pan sauce first by simmering together some butter, olive oil, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, Creole seasoning, hot sauce, and plenty of garlic. That’s very easy to do, but it packs a serious punch in the flavor department.
Then, once the sauce has cooled a bit, you’ll toss the shrimp in it so it’s coated with all that goodness and let it chill in the fridge so it can truly absorb the flavor. Then and only then do you place it in the oven so the shrimp can finish cooking through. Tossing the shrimp in the warm sauce helps them absorb more of the flavor, but giving it all a chance to marinate ensures the job is really complete.
And trust me, you want to be sure you get every ounce of that flavor you can manage because this dish has all the smoky, zesty flavor you expect from New Orleans. It’s the kind of well-loved flavor that makes it great for sharing, but just be forewarned – it disappears quick!
Spicy New Orleans-Style Shrimp
15m prep time
10m cook time
- 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined but tail left on
- 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as tabasco
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped, for serving
- French bread, sliced, for dipping
- Add butter, olive oil, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, creole seasoning, hot sauce, and garlic to an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Stir and let simmer 5-10 minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper, then remove from heat and let cool about 5 minutes.
- Add shrimp and toss until fully coated in sauce. Cover with foil and chill at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 400°F and bake shrimp 10-15 minutes.
- Drizzle with lemon juice and top with fresh parsley. Serve immediately with French bread for dipping. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from The Cooking Jar.