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.
DEANIE'S SEAFOOD BBQ SHRIMP
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.
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.
|Deanie's Seafood bbq shrimp (sort of)|