Barbecue Shrimp Bowl

A bowl full of barbecue shrimp with mushrooms and smoked sausage.

A bowl food of sausage and mushrooms added to the classic spicy barbecue shrimp. It’s delicious served with a piece of French bread to sop up every bit of the flavorful sauce.



1 teaspoon olive oil

8 ounces smoked sausage, sliced

peelings from the raw shrimp in this recipe

1/2 cup or 1 stick salted butter

1 cup chopped green onions

4 garlic pods, pressed

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

 4 dried bay leaves

1  1/4 cups water

1 whole lemon

24 medium to large size, about 10 ounces raw shrimp, peeled with tails left on

1 8-ounce package whole mushrooms, sliced

1 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning


Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan.

Brown sausage in oil on both sides, then remove sausage to a bowl, set aside.

Add shrimp peelings to the pan drippings and brown the shells, stirring until they turn pink and brown. 

Add butter, green onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, bay leaves, and water to the shells, then cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the sauce before tossing the squeezed lemon halves in with the rest of the ingredients.

Bring sauce to a simmer on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken.

Drain the sauce ingredients through a sieve from the pan over a bowl, reserving the sauce and pouring it back into the pan.  (The sauce should measure 1/3 to 1/2 cup, add a little water if needed to bring to this measurement.)

Heat the sauce to a simmer and add the shrimp, cooking for 1 minute on each side.

Add sausage, mushrooms, and seasoning to cook for 3 more minutes, often stirring until the shrimp are done, and the mushrooms start to shrink.

Serve hot with sauce in a bowl and a piece of French bread to sop up the drippings or serve over cooked grits.


If you only have peeled shrimp with no shells to brown, use 1 1/4 cups of chicken broth in place of the water. The chicken broth will add some flavor in place of the shrimp peels.

Shrimp tails are optional.

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