Cast Iron Barbecue Shrimp

Cast Iron Barbecue Shrimp

Warm up this fall with a savory barbecue shrimp dish that is so delectable it’ll be in constant rotation of the recipes used in your kitchen throughout the coming months. This dish is very easy to cook, requires no actual grilling and has just the perfect amount of spice. What makes the flavors really shine is the use of a cast iron skillet. This piece of culinary equipment is a must-have not only because of its ability to evenly distribute high heat levels, but it can be used to cook anything from shrimp, chicken and steak dishes to your favorite cornbread recipe. It’s so incredibly versatile and it will last forever if properly taken care of.  

Cast Iron Barbecue Shrimp

If you’re looking at true New Orleans style barbecue shrimp dishes, they’ll likely call for the heads and tails to stay on the shrimp throughout the cooking process. We opted to use shrimp without the heads, but we always purchase with the tails on. It’s totally a personal choice, so go with what you are comfortable with! 

They key to this dish is to be sure you use butter and don’t skimp on it! It is the essential ingredient to bringing all the flavors together. We opted to make ours slightly healthier by reducing the amount of butter to 1 cup rather than the normal 1.5 cups and paired it with brown rice.
Anytime we eat a meal with spicy notes we like to pair it with a wine that will help balance out the dish and brightens up the flavors. We chose Cambria’s Tepusquet Viognier for its superb balance and crisp acidity.

​​BBQ Shrimp

Cast Iron Barbecue Shrimp Recipe | Yields 2 Entreés


  • 1.5 lb Uncooked Shrimp — approximately 12-16 pieces (unpeeled)
  • ½ cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold Unsalted Butter, cubed
  • 2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Barbecue Shrimp Seasoning
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic
  • 1 cup White or Brown Rice


  1. In a large cast iron skillet combine shrimp, Worcestershire, black pepper, barbecue shrimp seasoning and garlic. Cook over moderate high heat, approximately 1 minute on each side, until shrimp turn pink. 
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add butter, a few cubes at a time, stirring constantly until melted. 
  3. Prepare rice and serve on plate or in bowl. 
  4. Place shrimp on rice and drizzle with any remaining sauce. 
*Note — Place on a bed of pasta or simply eat them alone with a loaf of french bread for dipping as additional serving options. 


Cast Iron Barbecue Shrimp

Cast Iron Barbecue Shrimp

Bon Appétit!

Written By: Kristin Mansky

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