Spicy New Orleans Shrimp

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Spicy New Orleans Shrimp – hot, spicy, decadent and super delicious New Orleans style shrimp!


I am not a winter person, yet here I find myself in Calgary where it’s winter 10 months out of the year. Granted the 2 months out of the year that we do have a summer, has got to be the best weather in the whole wide world. While it’s true that I don’t enjoy sweating in extreme hot weather as the hot and humid weather we used to have when we lived in Southern Ontario, the summers here are perfect. As I long for one of those perfect summer weekends to have a family barbecue where you could grill some shrimp and corn on the cob, enjoy delicious ice cream and drink cold beverages, I will take one of our Chinook weekends where the sun is shining and temperatures are warm enough for the brave to wear shorts and flip flops.

And that’s the kind of weekend we’re having. We had a beautiful sunny morning, so beautiful that the hubs and I decided to venture off to some garden centers in search of pots and plants and such. To our disappointment however, most garden centers don’t open for another week. We did buy some herbs that hubs couldn’t wait to get home and plant in a couple window sill pots he’s bought a few months ago, and now every time he walks by he checks to see if they’ve sprouted.  Yes, how we long for summer.


And thus this recipe reminds me of summer. It’s hot and spicy, decadent and savory. While I’ve never been to New Orleans myself, I am completely in love with the idea of New Orleans cuisine. Gumbos, jambalayas, etouffees, beignets and muffullettas is what I dream of. Jumbo white tiger shrimp marinated in a rich buttery spicy and smoky marinade translates into a dish that is about as close as I’ll get right now to actual New Orleans food. And I’m OK with that because this spicy shrimp sure did rock my boat.


Hours after this shrimp has had a chance to marinate in this sauce that is worth gold, it’s time to cook it and only 15 minutes later you can savor and enjoy it. I strongly recommend the best french baguette that you can find, because you will want to dip that fine bread in this sauce until there’s nothing left and as you sink your teeth into that shrimp and close your eyes, you will feel as though you have stepped into New Orleans right in the middle of Mardi Gras.


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Spicy New Orleans Shrimp
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Serves: 2
  • 1 lb white tiger shrimp
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sriracha hot sauce (or tabasco)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Peel and devein the shrimp.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to a saucepan, stir and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat and let cool.
  4. Arrange the shrimp in an oven- proof casserole dish and pour the sauce over the shrimp.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Bake shrimp for 15 - 20 minutes.
  8. Serve immediately with crusty French bread and drizzle with additional lemon juice as needed.


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  1. Janet Bradley says

    Are white tiger shrimp a must for this recipe. Can I use any type of frozen shrimp (thawed)?
    Can I serve these over rice or pasta (will there be enough sauce for that). Soooo many questions, so little time before dinner (hahahaha….only kidding). I’ll eat tomorrow so I can wait for your response. Thanks, Jan

    • says

      You can use any type of shrimp you want, I would just go with a bit larger shrimp. There will be some sauce, not sure if it will be enough to serve over pasta, but you can definitely make more of it, however keep in mind it is quite spicy. :)

  2. Lisa says

    i just made the sauce but it doesn’t look like very much. Should I be concerned? Did it cook down too much, you think?

  3. Bianca says

    Hi Jo,

    This is one of my favorite recipes!! I want to make this as my dish for a work potluck, however I do not want to overcook the shrimp.

    Do you think it would still turn out the same if I marinated overnight and cook (instead of baking) it in a crockpot at work?


    • says

      I think it’s ok to marinate it overnight, but I’m not quite sure about the crockpot. It might be ok, just make sure you don’t overcook them.

  4. Alexandra says

    Hey jo…. these look amazing and took everything in me not to lick my screen.. HAHA.. Question.. i would like to make these but my hubby doesn’t like anything spicy.. Are these intense? What should i leave out or sub… Thank You

    • says

      Hi Alexandra, I’d leave out the sriracha sauce, shouldn’t be too spicy then and you shouldn’t lose too much on the flavor. I’d love to hear how they turned out. :)

  5. says

    Yum this looks so good my mouth is watering. I love shrimp but only have a few recipes for them. I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy shrimp. Pinning.

  6. Cristinn says

    Buna Jo,
    ce ai recomanda ca inlocuire de “liquid smoke” in reteta asta?
    restul ingredientelor imi sunt cunoscute, dar asta nu prea.

  7. Nicole says

    Just ate these and they are delicious! I marinated my shrimp overnight and I’m glad I did as the flavor was on spot. I ate atop cheese grits!!! Great recipe.

  8. Jessie says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! One question….. I am planning to make the marinade tonight, combine with the shrimp in the morning, and cook the shrimp after dinner. This will mean i marinade the shrimp for over 8 hours. Is that ok?

  9. Julia says

    This was absolutely delicious! We had it over spaghettini noodles :) Definitely will be making again. Thank you!

  10. says

    This dish looks absolutely delicious! Gotta try! I’m too longing for summer so bad that I already started sipping on summer drinks like nobody’s business! Haha

  11. says

    Sounds delicious! I can’t imagine a 10 month long winter yikes! Hope the weather stays nice for you : )
    Love that photo of the bread being dipped in the sauce — looks irresistible

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