BBQ Shrimp over Cajun Catfish

I’m not a fan of cooking. I know, I know. Why would I have a whole recipe blog if I don’t really like cooking? Hey, you guys have to eat, right? And I love the creativity part of developing recipes. Anyway, I said that just to emphasize how much of a treat it is to have dinner prepared for me. I love visiting restaurants. Especially new ones. I’m always inspired by dishes on the menu. That is where the idea for this dish came from.

I’m using catfish in this recipe. But, honestly, you can use any fish of your choice. Catfish just so happens to be my favorite! I think it’s a Louisiana thing.

There is no BBQ sauce in this recipe. I know the name can’t be off putting to some. Especially those outside of the South. And I must warn you. This isn’t a mild dish! There is some heat! But, it isn’t overwhelming. It’s also butter based. Heat and butter! Match made in taste bud heaven!

Be careful not to over cook the shrimp. Once they plump up, they’re done! It only takes a couple of minutes!

I serve this combo over creamy mashed potatoes! Throw in a salad and/or some veggies and you’ll have a meal your family will ask for frequently! Make enough for leftovers! It’s even better the next day.

Happy Cooking,
B. Coop

BBQ Shrimp over Cajun Catfish

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people



  • 4 catfish fillets
  • 1-2 TBS Creole or Cajun seasoning
  • 1 TBS cracked black pepper
  • 2 TBS unsalted butter
  • 1 T olive oil

BBQ Shrimp

  • 2-3 pounds XL raw shrimp
  • 1 stick unsalted butter NOT margarine
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • BBQ Shrimp seasoning recipe below
  • 1 TBS minced garlic

BBQ Shrimp Seasoning

  • 1 TBS Zatarain’s creole seasoning
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 1 TBS dried thyme
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper


BBQ Shrimp Seasoning

  1. Mix all spices together in a small bowl.


  1. Seasoning both sides of each fillet with the Creole/Cajun seasoning and black pepper
  2. Pour the oil and butter into a skillet
  3. Melt the butter on medium high heat setting.
  4. When the butter melts, add in the catfish
  5. Allow the fish to cook for 3-4 minutes per side.
  6. Remove from the pan
  7. Set aside.

BBQ Shrimp

  1. In the same pan, add the butter.
  2. When the butter melts, stir in the Worcestershire sauce, BBQ Shrimp seasoning, and garlic.
  3. Add in the shrimp.
  4. Allow the shrimp to cook for 1-2 minutes per side.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Serve the BBQ Shrimp over the catfish with mashed potatoes
  7. Enjoy.

BBQ Shrimp over Grits

To my Cookies residing outside of The Boot state, please do not expect to see BBQ sauce in this recipe! BBQ Shrimp is a New Orleans original. I have no clue why it’s called BBQ shrimp. And, to be honest, I do NOT care! It’s sooo delicious! 

And, the sauce is super buttery! It’s meant to be sponged up by some crusty french bread. In fact, it makes an amazing po boy! But, still I was in the mood for grits…

FLAVORRRRR!!! This would be perfect for brunch. Go ahead and try it! Impress some folks! It’s too easy of a recipe not to try.

B. Coop

BBQ Shrimp over Grits
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1 lb shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  2. 1 stick of unsalted butter
  3. 1 diced onion
  4. 2 T minced garlic
  5. 4 T Worcestershire sauce
  6. juice from 1/2 a lemon
  7. 3 T bbq shrimp seasoning
  1. 3/4 Stone Ground Grits
  2. 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  3. 3/4 cup heavy cream
  4. 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  5. 1 T cajun seasoning
BBQ Shrimp Seasoning
  1. 1 T cayenne pepper
  2. 2 T smoke paprika
  3. 1 tsp lemon pepper
  4. 1 T onion powder
  5. 1 T garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp oregano
  7. 1 T dried thyme
  8. 1 T Accent seasoning
  9. 2 T salt
BBQ Shrimp
  1. Season shrimp with 2 T of the Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 of the bbq seasoning blend
  2. Set aside
  3. In a skillet, melt 1/2 a stick of butter
  4. Add onions and saute until translucent
  5. Add garlic and stir for 45 sec
  6. Pour in the remaining Worcestershire sauce and the lemon juice
  7. Sprinkle in the rest of the bbq seasoning blend
  8. Add in the shrimp
  9. Drop in the other half of the butter (make sure butter is cold)
  10. Cook until shrimp is pink and butter is melted
  11. Serve over grits.
  1. Pour stock into a heavy bottomed saucepan
  2. Add in seasoning
  3. Bring to a boil
  4. Whisk in heavy cream and grits
  5. Lower heat, cover, and cook for 20-25 mins stirring occasionally.
  6. Add in Parmesan cheese
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  8. Enjoy!
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