Mama taught me this delicious way to bake shrimp. No, Gentle Reader, these shrimp are not barbecued on a grill as you would expect from the name.

I’m going to share Mama’s recipe, but I will also include a heart-healthy alternative. The traditional way is quite an indulgence, so you may prefer the alternate recipe.

Yield: 6 servings


4 sticks butter (alternate recipe: 1/2 stick butter plus 1 bottle Italian salad dressing)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
2 cloves chopped garlic
5 pounds shrimp (heads off, shells on)
1 sliced onion
1 sliced lemon, plus juice of 1 lemon
pepper (lots)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a baking dish, melt butter with Italian seasoning, Worcestershire, and garlic (and dressing if using alternate recipe).

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp (2)

Add shrimp to dish and douse with pepper until shrimp are completely covered.

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp (3)

Place onion rings and lemon slices onto the shrimp and squeeze the lemon juice of the second lemon over everything.

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp (4)

Bake at 350 for 1 hour, turning halfway through cooking time.

Serve with hot French bread for dipping into the lemon-butter sauce. Don’t be shy about licking your fingers!

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp