Shrimp Heaven

I am not from the south, so the idea of barbecued shrimp that isn’t actually barbecued sounded a little, well, silly to me. Martha has a recipe called Mr. Jim’s Louisiana Barbecued Shrimp in August Martha Stewart Living. I was ready to do some grilling until I actually read the recipe. No grilling needed. In fact, this recipe is very easy and quick.

BBQ shrimp2You make a sauce with melted butter, garlic, Worchestershire, rosemary, lemon juice and lemon peel (I used zest instead of hunks of peel), hot sauce, and salt and pepper. Bring that to a simmer then add your shrimp (I did NOT leave the heads and tails on as the recipe directs! “Fish faces” as my dad always calls them. Ewwwww).  Shrimp cooks very quickly.

I was scratching my head a bit at this recipe because it makes so much sauce BBQ shrimp3and it’s very thin – you can’t just put it on a plate. Then I realized the recipe says to serve it with a baguette for a reason – you need to serve your shrimp and sauce in a bowl and dip the bread. Holy cow, this was good. The shrimp was very flavorful and really addictive, but the bread….. It tasted like the best garlic bread you’ve ever had when you dipped it in the sauce. The white baguette soaking up that dark, delicious sauce. Oh, this was heaven. Three of us ate the entire pound of shrimp and whole baguette. In fact, it was so good that it physically pained me to dump the remaining sauce down the drain.

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4 Responses to Shrimp Heaven

  1. Shannon says:

    I made this Sunday night, when I made the peaches. Loved it! I lived in Louisiana for awhile, and I still don’t know why they call these barbecued. I served this with rice to soak up the sauce, and my kids even ate it.

  2. marthaandme says:

    I love the idea of rice with it, although I have to say the bread was fabulous, dipped in the sauce.

  3. aburgueno says:

    I’ve been eating this dish baked in a glass pyrex since the late 70s. My mother makes it nice and spicy with extra tobasco if you want. A very nice french baguette is the traditional way to eat it. You get very messy and don’t wipe your hands until the very end. Soooo good.

  4. marthaandme says:

    Thanks for sharing! I will add a baguette next time!

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