This is a quick-fix recipe using convenience products you can usually find in your supermarket. When I made it the first time, I bought the coconut milk, but forgot to add it. I have made it now both with and without, and we prefer it without the coconut milk. You might want to taste it before you add the coconut milk yourself and see if you want to stop there. The recipe is from Cooking Light magazine, and is only mildly spicy.
This recipe from Paula Deen of Food Network couldn't be easier. It seems like a LOT of black pepper, but trust me--it works. You get it all over your fingers as you shell the shrimp and eat them, so have some wet wash cloths rolled up and ready. This cooks up in just a few minutes, so have the rest of your dinner ready before you start (I suggest a hearty salad and bread).
You will have more than enough of the herb butter, but it can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen up to 6 months. You can also use it on grilled steaks or as a spread for bread. I also highly recommend using it to make Recipe #105861--replace butter seasoning mix listed and top with shredded cheese.
Ralph & Kacoo's is a restaurant chain in Louisiana and they serve great seafood. Since the original recipe did not give an amount of shrimp to use, I would suggest 2 pounds of shrimp in the shells for 4 people, but that would be your call. Serve with a crisp green salad or cole slaw and lots of hot French bread.
This recipe is from a cooking class I took at a resort in Thailand (Le Royal Meridian Phuket Yacht Club). I hope you are fortunate enough to have an Asian food market in your area so you can find the ingredients as this soup is absolutely delicious!