Voodoo Shrimp

If you've ever wanted to take a trip to NOLA, and just can't find the time, I've got a super easy way for you to enjoy some tasty southern food.  These voodoo shrimp will, indeed, put a spell on you......a very, very good spell.

Be sure to serve it over grits (for an authentic dish), or you serve it with mashed potatoes or polenta.   Trust me, you're going to want something to soak up all the sauce!

Voodoo Shrimp

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Serves: 5 Total Time: 1 hour


  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 pounds large or extra-large shrimp, shelled and deveined, shells reserved
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs minced garlic
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 c water
  • 12 oz black lager or other dark beer
  • 1/3 c Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 c half and half
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 14.5-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, well drained (about 3/4 c)
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbs fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Serve with: Grits, polenta, mashed potatoes, rice or some toasted corn bread.


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