Skinny BBQ Shrimp is a lighter version of the classic New Orleans BBQ shrimp recipe. It is still full of flavor and spice, but I’ve cut way back on the amount of butter and oil so that it is easier on the waste line. Skinny BBQ Shrimp is a quick and easy low carb meal or appetizer.
If you’ve never had BBQ Shrimp before, it is fantastically delicious. However, it usually has a ton of butter and oil. But I find these ingredients can be greatly reduced without sacrificing the flavor. Recipes for New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp vary but it always has garlic and a butter sauce flavored with Worcestershire sauce. Love that stuff!
Use either fresh shrimp or frozen and defrosted shrimp. You want to leave the shells on because they help flavor the sauce.
I’ve only used 2 tablespoons of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. For flavor there’s lemon juice, Cajun seasoning, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, thyme, green onions, and hot sauce.
Serve Skinny BBQ Shrimp with either a little French bread or with some roasted vegetables and a green salad if you’re eating low carb.
Only 210 calories per serving!
Skinny BBQ Shrimp
Skinny BBQ Shrimp is a lighter version of the classic New Orleans BBQ shrimp recipe. It is still full of flavor and spice, but I've cut way back on the amount of butter and oil so that it is easier on the waste line.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- juice of half a lemon
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 pound medium to large fresh shrimp, unpeeled
Add all ingredients except green onions and shrimp to a large pan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Add green onions and shrimp. Cook stirring frequently for 3 to 5 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked through. Be careful not to overcook. They will continue to cook a little once removed from the heat. Check for seasoning and add salt if needed. Most likely, it already has enough from the cajun seasoning and Worcestershire sauce.