- Ready In:
- 2 dozen large shrimp, with shells
- 1 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
- 1⁄8 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1⁄4 lb butter, plus
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄2 cup shrimp stock or 1/2 cup seafood stock (see my recipe for seafood stock or use your own)
- 1⁄4 cup beer, at room temperature
- Rinse the shrimp in cold water and drain well, set aside.
- In a small bowl combine the seasoning mix ingredients (red pepper through oregano leaves).
- Combine 1 stick of the butter, the garlic, Worcestershire and seasoning mix in a large skillet over high heat.
- When the butter is melted, add the shrimp; cook for 2 minutes, shaking the pan (versus stirring) in a back-and-forth motion.
- Add the remaining 5 tablespoons butter and the stock; cook and shake pan for 2 minutes.
- Add the beer and cook and shake the pan 1 minute longer and remove from heat.
- Serve immediately in bowls with lots of French bread on the side, or on a platter with cooked rice mounded in the middle and the shrimp and sauce surrounding it.
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I have a very worn out copy of Chef Prudhomme's book Louisiana Cooking. I got in the 80s! When I put it on the counter it open to this recipe. No one doesn't love this!! Sometimes I do peel the shrimp because I know some folks won't appreciate the original peel and eat approach - still good. Easy to make when entertaining so I can spend more time with guests. I serve it with gumbo flavored rice or dirty rice and a ceasar salad - of course french bread. Tonight I'm serving it with cauliflower rice to cut down on the carbs.
I have now made this recipe about 5 times and it is one of our favorites now! A couple changes I made though: I used 1 lb. of fresh medium peeled shrimp. I didn't have thyme leaves so I used 1/4 t. thyme powder. Also, fresh red pepper flakes make a HUGE difference. I cut the butter in half and substituted with 1/2 c. beer(double the original), and the flavor turned out nearly identical to the original. Nobody is joking about the french bread so make sure you have it when you make this.
I've made this recipe several times. It is absolutely awsome. Of course, I love Prudhomme's cookbooks. We eat a lot of Cajun foods and this shrimp is one of the best. It is easy and great tasting. I also sometimes use more beer (and there is really no beer taste to the sauce when you finish.) I highly reccommend this recipe to anyone.