Buttery New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

Buttery New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

Prawns? In the microwave? Anything’s possible. This classic New Orleans dish cooks prawns to juicy perfection in Worcestershire sauce, butter, garlic, and lemon juice. Cajun or Creole seasoning gives the dish a smoky, skillet-cooked flavor. It’s a meal that, as they say in New Orleans, lets the good times roll!

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.


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When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.


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Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

8 mins

Cook Time

4-5 mins

Free Time

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  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoons thyme, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chicken stock
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in chunks
  • ½ lb (225g) shrimp, shells on
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, chopped


  1. Add all the ingredients except the shrimp and parsley into the Anyday dish. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add shrimp and cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  4. Cook for 3 minutes, until the shrimp is cooked through and the sauce has thickened. If needed, stir and continue cooking in 30-second intervals.
  5. Season with salt to taste and garnish with parsley to serve.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • If you don’t have Creole or Cajun seasoning, you can substitute with paprika and/or chili powder.
  • Enjoy this dish with fresh bread, rice, or your favorite vegetables.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.