Grilled Gulf Shrimp with Comeback Sauce

Comeback sauce, a Southern condiment traditionally served with fried seafood, makes its way west in this dish from Voyager in Ferndale, Michigan. They pair the sauce with smoky peel-and-eat shrimp that are marinated overnight with garlic and Old Bay seasoning before hitting the grill. Slideshow: More Shrimp Recipes 

Grilled Gulf Shrimp with Comeback Sauce
Comeback sauce, a Southern condiment traditionally served with fried seafood, makes its way west in this dish from Voyager in Ferndale, Michigan. They pair the sauce with smoky peel-and-eat shrimp that are marinated overnight with garlic and Old Bay seasoning before hitting the grill. Photo: Cedric Angeles
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Yield:
4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 6 whole garlic cloves plus 1 grated garlic clove, divided

  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning

  • 2 pounds shell-on raw medium-size wild Gulf shrimp, butterflied

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (preferably Duke’s)

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1 celery stalk, peeled and minced

  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 tablespoon minced cornichon

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced shallot

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced capers

  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more to taste

Directions

  1. Combine oil, 6 whole garlic cloves, and Old Bay in a food processor. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds.

  2. Place shrimp in large bowl, and add garlic marinade. Cover and chill until ready to grill, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

  3. Stir together mayonnaise, ketchup, celery, horseradish, Dijon, Worcestershire, parsley, cornichon, shallot, capers, celery seeds, salt, black pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, cayenne, and grated garlic in a medium bowl. If desired, add additional cayenne to taste.

  4. Remove shrimp from marinade. Preheat a gas grill to high (450°F to 550°F). Grill shrimp, uncovered, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 1 minute and 30 seconds per side. Transfer grilled shrimp to a platter and serve with Comeback Sauce.

Make Ahead

Comeback Sauce can be prepared up to 3 days ahead. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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