BBQ Shrimp Louisiana Style

Cajun French: la chevrette (la shuv-ret) – shrimp


New Orleans BBQ Shrimp does not have BBQ sauce or anything related to BBQ. In fact, no one is sure how the name came about. What is sure, the original BBQ Shrimp was developed at Pascal’s Manale Restaurant in New Orleans in the 1950s. The recipe was based on a dish had by Vincent Sutro, a regular at Pascal’s, while visiting Chicago. Unfortunately Sutro could not remember the exact ingredients; something about shrimp, butter and pepper. So chef Jake Radosta went into the kitchen, came out with a dish and served Sutro. Sutro said it was not the dish he had in Chicago, but it was better than the dish he had. BBQ Shrimp was born and has been on the menu ever since. Today many restaurants and home cooks prepare BBQ Shrimp, each having their own twist.

Being Cajun, we add our own twist to the recipe. To be honest, it is the way it was prepared in Laurie’s family. The Cajun Trinity is smothered down in olive oil before adding anything else. We like it this way because the trinity gives the gravy some substance, especially when dipping bread.

We admit there is an enormous amount of butter. But then that is what makes the gravy so good. Don’t shortchange on the butter. It is not an everyday dish, so make it and savor every bite.

Mais C’est Bon!


2 lbs shrimp, heads on & unpeeled. 14 count/per pound

Cajun Trinity – chopped

2 med onions

1 lg green bell pepper

2 ribs celery

5 med cloves garlic, chopped

½ cup Worcestershire sauce

½ cup lemon juice (fresh)

2 tsp ground black pepper

2 tsp cracked black pepper

2 tsp Cajun seasoning (we use Louisiana Fish Fry)

3 sticks cold butter, cut into tbl size pieces (we used salted)


Olive oil

French Bread


Use large deep skillet

Add pepper and Cajun seasoning to lemon juice and set aside

Heat 1 tbl olive oil to medium

Add Trinity and garlic, season with a little salt; saute until veggies are soft(this will take a little time)

Add Worcestershire and lemon juice mixture, combine

Add shrimp and cook until pink, turning once (do not overcook)

Turn heat to moderate and add butter a little at a time (we did about three pieces)

Stir the sauce constantly to emulsify, add more butter only when pieces are melted

Remove from heat

Serve in bowls with french bread and potato salad


Adjust seasoning to your likening


Cooking the Cajun Trinity
Adding liquid
Shrimp cooking
Beginnings of the butter
Last of the butter
Ready to serve
Plated – let’s enjoy
Nothing Left



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