Spicy Broiled Shrimp Recipe
This Spicy Broiled Shrimp Recipe is a perfect shrimp dinner that can be on the table in minutes and will impress anyone you make it for. And of course broiled shrimp is perfect for a low-carb meal!
This Spicy Broiled Shrimp Recipe is something that will be a hit with everyone who likes shrimp, and frozen raw shrimp is something I always have in my freezer. After they’ve thawed in the fridge, raw shrimp cook quickly and can be turned into impressive dinners.
After a few experiments, I came up with this spicy broiled shrimp recipe that’s extra easy, cooks in less than ten minutes, and makes a festive dinner, especially if you cook the shrimp in little individual casseroles like I did so each person gets their own dish of spicy shrimp.
This broiled shrimp recipe was inspired by memories of New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp. I use a combination of butter and olive oil, but you can use all butter, all olive oil, or a combination, whichever you prefer; either way will be delicious!
(This recipe is dedicated to the memory of my wonderful father. My Dad loved anything with shrimp, and this Spicy Broiled Shrimp was something I made for him many, many times during the last years of his life.)
What ingredients do you need?
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- thawed frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails left on
- extra virgin Olive Oil (affiliate link), melted butter, or a mixture of both
- Worcestershire sauce or Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce (affiliate link)
- Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning (affiliate link), or your favorite Creole Seasoning Blend
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
What adds the spicy flavor in this broiled shrimp recipe?
The spicy flavor in this recipe comes from Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning (affiliate link) which is something I learned to love from a teacher friend who had moved to Utah from Louisiana. If you don’t have that brand just use your favorite Creole Seasoning.
An important recipe tip for spicy broiled shrimp:
The only tricky part in this ultra simple recipe is to be very careful not to overcook the shrimp. Once the shrimp turn pink and feel slightly firm to the touch take them out from under the broiler, serve hot, and wait for your family and friends to swoon.
More quick low-carb dinners with shrimp:
Check out Low-Carb and Keto Shrimp Dinners for more tasty and easy low-carb dinners using shrimp!
How to make this Spicy Broiled Shrimp Recipe:
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- In the U.S. shrimp are sold by number per pound, and I used 31-40 count shrimp for this recipe, and decided 1/4 lb. was about a good sized serving (unless you’re making it for my father, who devoured 1/2 pound by himself when I tested one of the earlier versions of this recipe on him.)
- Start this recipe by thawing the shrimp (preferably overnight in the refrigerator, but you can get away with thawing them in the bag in lukewarm water if needed), then let the shrimp drain in a colander.
- It’s important to arrange the shrimp in a single layer so they all cook at the same rate. I used individual casserole dishes and was a little careful about making the shrimp tails all face the same way so it would look nice, but you can use one casserole dish if that’s what you have.
- The flavors that enhance the shrimp in this recipe are olive oil or butter, fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and a light sprinkling of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning (affiliate link).
- You can use any brand of Creole seasoning that you like, or make your own Creole Seasoning Blend. The Tony Chachere’s Seasoning does have salt, so be sure not to add any extra salt if you’re using that.
- The bottom photo shows how the individual dishes of shrimp looked once they were doused with oil or butter and the seasonings were added. See complete recipe below for more information about that.
- Have the rest of your meal ready before you begin cooking the shrimp, then just pop them under the broiler for 7-8 minutes and dinner is on the table!
Make it a low-carb Meal:
Serve the broiled shrimp with a special side dish like Pan-Fried Asparagus Tips with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest, Air Fryer Peppers and Onions, or Green Beans with Lemon, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts for a delicious low-carb meal. It would also be good with Low-Carb Spicy Cauliflower Dirty Rice if you want more New Orleans flavors!
More Shrimp Recipes You Might Like:
- Grilled Shrimp Skewers
- Roasted Tomatoes and Shrimp with Feta
- Spicy Green Beans and Shrimp Sheet Pan Meal
- Easy Garlic and Lemon Shrimp
- Roasted Asian Shrimp and Brussels Sprouts Sheet Pan Meal
- 1/2 lb. frozen shrimp peeled and deveined with tails left on, thawed overnight in refrigerator
- 2 T extra virgin olive oil or melted butter (or a bit more; see notes)
- 1 lemon, cut in half
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 – 1 tsp. Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, or make your own Creole Seasoning Blend
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste (don’t add salt if you’re using Tony Chachere’s seasoning that has salt)
- Thaw shrimp overnight in the refrigerator (or thaw in the bag in lukewarm water if you forget to plan ahead.) I used 31-40 count shrimp, so if you’re lucky enough to find larger shrimp, increase the cooking time a tiny bit.
- When you’re ready to cook, remove shrimp from the refrigerator and drain in a colander placed in the sink, then use a paper towel to pat shrimp dry if they still seem wet.
- Preheat broiler and put the rack so it’s as close to the broiler as possible.
- Arrange the shrimp in a single layer in two individual casserole dishes or one larger casserole dish.
- I sprayed the casserole dishes with non-stick spray but it’s probably not essential.
- Once shrimp are arranged in a single layer, add seasonings in this order:
- Drizzle shrimp with olive oil or melted butter and squeeze lemon juice over the shrimp (I used a squeezer that catches the seeds).
- Sprinkle Worchestershire sauce over the shrimp.
- Sprinkle Creole Seasoning (or make your own Creole Seasoning Blend) over the shrimp.
- Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper (skip the salt if you use Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, which has salt).
- When the rest of the meal is ready or almost ready, put shrimp under the broiler and cook for 7-8 minutes, or just until the shrimp turn pink and feel barely firm to the touch.
- Don’t overcook. If your shrimp are larger than 31-40 count they may take a minute or two longer to cook, but not much.
You can use butter, olive oil, or a combination of the two for this recipe. Use your best olive oil for this. If you'd like a bit more fat I think a little more butter will only improve the recipe!
Recipe inspired by many dinners of “Barbecued Shrimp” devoured during visits to New Orleans and Spicy Shrimp from The Pioneer Woman Cooks.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 6.6gSaturated Fat: 1.3gUnsaturated Fat: 4.9gCholesterol: 239mgSodium: 1961mgCarbohydrates: 7.9gFiber: 1.6gSugar: 1.7gProtein: 26g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything about this Spicy Broiled Shrimp is perfect for any any low-carb or low-glycemic eating plan, including all phases of the original South Beach Diet if you use all olive oil.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
The recipe for Spicy Broiled Shrimp was first posted in 2010! The recipe was last updated with more information in 2023.