Spicy Shrimp Recipe
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Spicy Shrimp Recipe

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“I think my Spicy Shrimp is unique, and it’s easy to prepare,” writes Bob Gebhardt of Wausau, Wisconsin.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons seafood seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 pounds uncooked shell-on medium shrimp

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (6 ounces) equals 490 calories, 45 g fat (24 g saturated fat), 265 mg cholesterol, 1464 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 21 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp; drain. Stir in the butter, seafood seasoning, mustard, chili powder, pepper, hot sauce, basil, oregano and thyme. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Place the shrimp in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Add butter mixture and stir to coat. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, stirring twice. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Shrimp in Taste of Home August/September 2006, p21

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"I love this recipe, however...it is quite salty! The first time I made this I made the mistake of using salted butter. That coupled with the seafood seasoning and bacon was just too much. When I make this now, I only use half the butter and it is unsalted. I add a bit more bacon (YUM!) and I use the Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Salmon Seasoning (it is bomb.com!). I am making this tonight and I think I am going to toss it with some roasted spaghetti squash (this helps cut the salt and it a nice way to use the sauce), usually I add about a lb or so of green beans to the pan. I feel like this makes it less bad for you, haha. Overall, a recipe I have made at least 20 times. :) Thanks! Oh and I always just cook the whole thing on the stove."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"This was a very good recipe BUT it was very salty. Think about it; bacon, hot sauce, mustard a mouthful of saltiness ( and I like salt!). BUT it was tasty. I finished this stovetop, not oven. Once I tasted it when it was almost done I threw in some fresh green beans and toasted some bread to soak up the salty sauce. I would make it again. I saved some to throw into a cold salad tomorrow when all spices meld. This might be great as a topping over a baked potato too. Enjoy!"

Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"Really great shrimp. The thing I love about this recipe is how versatile it is! To make it even spicier (I've got spicehounds in my household), I substituted cayenne pepper for black pepper and marinated the shrimp for a couple of hours in a "brine" made up of chopped garlic, jalapenoes and jalapeno juice. The result was outstanding! Make sure to serve this with something to sop up the sauce! (Rice or French bread!) Thank you, Bob!"

Reviewed May. 11, 2011

"One word: Delicious!"

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"I have to modify the previous comment: bacon, shrimp, and BUTTER...what could be better? We absolutely loved this recipe!"

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