Shrimp with Sun-Dried-Tomato Barbecue Sauce

With jalapeños, ginger, chili powder and an unusually large amount or black pepper in the mix, this is one spicy dish. It's based on New Orleans-style barbecued shrimp, with the added innovation of sun-dried tomatoes to thicken the irresistible, buttery sauce. Serve with plenty of crusty bread to sop it up.

  • Servings: 4


  • 1/2 cup dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, shelled but tails left on

How to make this recipe

  1. Heat the oven to 425°. In a small bowl, combine the sun-dried tomatoes and boiling water. Let sit for 20 minutes.

  2. Put the sun-dried tomatoes and their soaking liquid in a blender. Add the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and salt and blend to a coarse puree.

  3. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over low heat. Add the garlic, jalapeños, and ginger and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the chili powder and pepper and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds longer. Add the butter and melt. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the tomato mixture. Add the shrimp and stir to combine. Put the shrimp and sauce in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish in an even layer. Bake the shrimp until just done, about 11 minutes.

Suggested Pairing

The spicy heat of the jalapeños and barbecue sauce make a beer the ideal thirst quencher for this dish. Anything but the most innocuous of wines (such as a Frascati from Italy) will be wasted here.

Photo © Addie Juell Published July 2013

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