Spicy Ancho Butter Shrimp Recipe

Close Up View of Luscious Grilled Ancho Butter Seasoned Shrimp.

This recipe for grilled ancho butter shrimp has the great flavor of ancho peppers with a slight bite of cayenne heat. As an added bonus this recipe can be changed to a salt free grilled shrimp recipe by simply substituting salt free butter.

Grilled Smoked Shrimp With Ancho Butter

This recipe can be whipped up in about an hour after the shrimp are thawed. No salt is used in the seasoning mix, so the only salt is in the butter. By replacing the regular, salted butter with unsalted butter, it becomes great for a low sodium diet.


  • One pound of shrimp, 21-25 size or larger

  • 1/4 pound salted butter (unsalted butter for a no-salt recipe)

  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Garlic Herb seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Combine the dry ingredients. For a spicier shrimp recipe, double the amount of cayenne pepper.

Now's the time to light the charcoal, so it's good and hot when grilling time arrives. Preheat your gas grill right before you put the shrimp on the skewers.

Seasoning Mix For Grill Smoked Shrimp In Bowl

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan, heating over low heat until the solids separate and the butter just begins to brown.

Skim the foam from the top of the butter as it's clarifying. The solids will sink to the bottom of the pan.

Making Brown Butter for Topping Grilled Shrimp

Pour the melted, brown butter into a heat proof bowl, leaving the browned solids in the pan.

Add half of the dry ancho seasoning mix to the butter.

Seasoned Brown Butter In Bowl, To Be Used For Topping Grilled Shrimp

Peel the shrimp. The 21-25 size is perfect for this recipe, since each one makes a nice sized bite.

Remove any veins you find while peeling the shrimp.

Bagged, Frozen White Shrimp, Preparing For Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Season the peeled shrimp with the remaining dry ancho seasoning mixture.

Mix them well after sprinkling on the ancho seasoning mix so all sides are coated evenly.

Shrimp In Pyrex Baking Dish, Seasoned For Grilling

Thread the shrimp onto skewers. When using the 21-25 size, three or four skewers will be about right.

My skewers are flattened so the shrimp won't spin around easily. If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water first.

You can use two skewers per kabob to keep the shrimp aligned.

Spicy Seasoned Shrimp, Now On Metal Skewers, Ready For Grilling

To get some great smoke flavor, lay a foil packet containing about 1/4 cup of pecan chips directly on the hot charcoal. When the packet begins smoking, place the shrimp skewers directly over the heat.

Grill for two minutes on the first side.

Beautiful Skewered Seasoned Shrimp On Weber Grill

Turn the shrimp over, grilling for another two minutes on the other side.

If you're grilling larger shrimp, give them an extra 30 seconds to one minute on each side.

With smaller shrimp, grill about one and one-half minutes per side.

Grill Smoked Shrimp, Ready To Remove From Grill

Grilling Tip

Shrimp are done when the shell has changed to a pink color and the flesh has become opaque-white in color. To prevent them from being tough and rubbery, remove them from the grill immediately when you see the shrimp reach this point.

Slide the grilled shrimp off of the skewers into a bowl, then pour on the ancho seasoned brown butter.

Give them a stir so the shrimp are all coated with buttery goodness!

Pouring Seasoned, Brown Butter Over Ancho Shrimp In Colorful Bowl

And that's that! You now have a pound of succulent grilled ancho butter shrimp. These little goodies are great as appetizers or for a quick snack on Saturday afternoon.

Ancho butter shrimp can also be served over brown or white rice, with a side of steamed broccoli to make a really nice, yet simple meal.

Wonderfully Seasoned Ancho Shrimp, Grill Smoked and Served In Bowl

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