It’s not that I needed any more cookware (or grillware). But I couldn’t help myself when I came across stainless steel oyster shells. I love seafood, and I figured hey, I really need to learn more seafood recipes, so why not get some shells and get to it?! Well, by golly these shells are just fun to cook in and I’ve found myself making super-awesome dishes, like these grilled BBQ shrimp. The shrimp cook up perfectly. And oh, the sauce. The sauce is just insane. The shrimp soak up some of that great buttery herby flavor. The rest of the soakin’ is up to you. Pick up the shell and drink it up, or dip a piece of nice crusty bread in it for a few seconds to sop it up. Man, it’s great!
If you like a bit of a kick, add just a pinch (a small pinch) of red pepper flake on top of the shrimp just before cooking. Don’t go crazy with it, the stars of the show are the perfectly cooked shrimp and fantastic sauce.
Don’t make the mistake I made and only purchase 12 stainless steel oyster shells. Everything I’ve made in them has been so yummy that I’ve always found myself craving more. And for more I’d need more shells. So get extra and you won’t be in the same boat.
Grilled BBQ Shrimp in Oyster Shells
- 1 pound large shrimp I used 20-24 count
- 1 cup butter
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 4 tablespoons beer
- 12 stainless steel oyster shells
- Note: You can make the butter mix in a small saucepan on your grill or on your indoor stovetop, whichever you prefer.
- Peel and devein the shrimp. Leave the tail shells on if desired.
- Fire up your outdoor grill for direct cooking over high heat.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. And remaining ingredients except shells. Stir.
- Bring mixture to a slow simmer and let simmer until reduced by half, 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Place 2 shrimp into each SOS shell. Place the shells on the grill. Cook until the shrimp begin to turn pink on the outside, 4-5 minutes. Baste each shell with 1 tablespoon of the seasoned butter mixture.
- Caution: The butter will flame up when added, which gives the shrimp a smoky flavor. Cook just until the shrimp are done, 3-5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutritional values are approximate.