Sunday, August 25, 2013

Deanie's Seafood BBQ Shrimp

I saw an episode of Man vs. Food recently where the host was in New Orleans. I like that show because the host often takes on food challenges where he eats ridiculous quantities of food. I can't say I think that's a good idea, but watching him stuff his face does makes me feel better about how much I ate that day (the same way watching Hoarders makes me feel better about the state of my living room). Anyway, one of the places visited was Deanie's Seafood, which is known for its bbq shrimp. Now apparently in New Orleans, bbq shrimp has absolutely nothing to do with barbecuing, barbecue sauce or using a grill or smoker of any kind. It's all about the buttery, spicy sauce...which is amazing for dipping fresh crusty bread. So good.


½ lb. butter (Deanie’s uses margarine)
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons whole sweet basil
2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon hot sauce
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped parsley
1/3 cup chopped green onion, plus more for garnish

1 lb. raw head-on Louisiana jumbo shrimp
French bread for dipping

1.      In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter and add all ingredients for the sauce.
2.      Once combined, add shrimp and spread out so they are not on top of each other.
3.      Cook for 3-4 minutes on one side, then flip each shrimp and cook other side for another 3-4 minutes.
4.      Remove from heat, transfer to shrimp and sauce to deep dish, garnish with green onion and serve with French bread for dipping.

barely adapted from Deanie’s Seafood (New Orleans, LA)
all the sauce ingredients

The recipe says whole basil, but I chopped mine.
sauce mixed

On Man vs. Food, they seemed to make their sauce
ahead of time (in the form of a compound butter).
That way they just melt it in the pan and add the shrimp.
raw shrimp added

I just can't bring myself to use the head on shrimp. I know
it adds tons of flavor that I'm missing out on, but still.
shrimp flipped
Deanie's Seafood bbq shrimp (sort of)


Randi said...

Deanie's is famous for fried seafood platters, not BBQ shrimp. Pascale's Manale is famous for BBQ shrimp.

Susan said...

Damn! I guess I can't believe everything I hear on the Travel Channel. Now I have to try Pascal's Manale's version!

Randi said...

They give people bibs at Pascale's Manale because it's so messy. Next time you come I'll take you there. It's a classic spot.

Susan said...

Yay :)

Crystal Carson said...

Oh, wow. I really miss watching Man vs Food! More than stuffing Adam’s face silly with big amounts of food, I especially love how they feature the culture and the delicacies of the cities they went in. I must say that your post just made me hungry for some shrimp. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try it out!

Crystal Carson @ Tack Jacks

Anonymous said...

Deanies has really good bbq shrimp, it's the only place I have eaten bbq shrimp and it made me want to look up the recipe. I have heard tale of Pascal Manale's , though.

Anonymous said...

At those shrimp because of seeing it on Man Vs Food (along with the fried seafood plater). The BBQ shrimp were the best I have ever eaten. The fried seafood at Deanie's was flat and left a lot to be desired.

Clew said...

Your missing the key ingredient, a dash of Dr Pepper, no joke (had a friend who worked there)

Susan said...

Clew: That's so interesting! I'll try it next time. Thanks for letting us know.

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