Spicy Ancho Butter Shrimp Recipe
This recipe for grilled ancho butter shrimp has the great flavor
of dried and roasted poblano 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.
These flavor packed morsels are great as snacks or appetizers, and enough of them on the plate would make a dandy main protein course.
Whether Grilled or Smoked, Ancho Butter Shrimp Is Darned Tasty!
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
By replacing the regular, salted butter with unsalted butter,
it becomes great for a low sodium diet.
What is Ancho Chili Powder?
Ancho chili powder is made from a single type of chili pepper, the poblano. After ripe poblano peppers are dried, they're lightly roasted, bringing out earthy undertones of flavor. The roasting also gives the peppers a bit of smokiness.
Poblano peppers are positioned very low on the Scoville Scale of pepper heat, somewhere between sweet bell peppers and jalapenos. When used in recipes, the ancho powder made from these peppers primarily adds flavor to the dish, and very little heat.
Substitutions for Ancho Powder
If you have no ancho chili powder, there are a couple of different choices you could use as substitutes. Chipotle powder would provide the hint of smokiness and some pepper flavor, but it's quite a bit hotter than ancho powder.
If using powdered chipotle, delete the powdered cayenne from the ingredient list. Smoked paprika would also be acceptable to use in a pinch.
Give the paprika a taste before adding the cayenne pepper, since the amount of heat found in different types of paprika can vary.
Make Your Own Homemade Powdered Ancho Chilis
It's really easy to make a batch of ancho chili powder yourself, and
the only ingredient is dried poblano peppers. Equipment needed is a
heavy skillet and a spice mill (or a coffee grinder).
- Remove the seeds and stem from the dried pepper
- Lightly toast the dried poblano in a dry skillet, over medium heat
- Break the dried, toasted pepper into small pieces and grind to a powder
Use the freshly ground powder immediately in your ancho butter shrimp recipe for the best flavor.
Ancho Butter Shrimp Recipe and Instructions
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 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
You can use two skewers per kabob to keep the shrimp aligned.
DOUBLED UP BAMBOO SKEWERS
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.
Turn the shrimp over, grilling for another two minutes on the
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.
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!
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
These spicy shrimp can also be served over brown
or white rice, with a side of steamed broccoli to make a really nice,
yet simple meal.
And be sure to have some chewy French or Italian bread at the ready, so you can use it to soak up any of that buttery ancho sauce that might be left in the bottom of the bowl!
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Grilled Ancho Butter Shrimp Recipe
Yield: 4 Servings
Prep: 30 Minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes
Time: 40 Minutes
Recipe By: SmokerBill
Mild but flavorful ancho chili powder adds loads of great flavor to this shrimp appetizer recipe. The ancho butter sauce can be livened up with a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Ingredients and Instructions
- One pound shrimp, U-25 or larger
- 4 ounces salted butter
- 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Garlic Herb seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- Combine dry seasoning ingredients.
- Begin preheating grill to high.
- Melt butter in saucepan, cook over medium until lightly browned.
- Combine half of the mixed seasonings with the butter and remove from heat.
- Peel shrimp, season with remaining dry seasoning mix.
- Skewer shrimp, grill over direct heat 2 minutes per side.
- Remove shrimp to bowl and combine with ancho butter sauce.
- Serve and enjoy!
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