This Spicy Drunken Shrimp has a sauce so good, you won't leave any behind!

Spicy Drunken Shrimp

If you’re looking for a comfort food dinner, this Spicy Drunken Shrimp is your answer. Lots of beer and hot sauce and butter make up the most delicious sauce for these shrimp.

If you love shrimp as much as I do, you should also try this Crispy Baked Shrimp Scampi Recipe and this Quick Shrimp Stir Fry.

Spicy Drunken Shrimp Recipe

Spicy Drunken Shrimp

I wanted one of those dinners that you can sit down to with a big loaf of bread and sop up all the sauce. Pretty much making the bread and the sauce more the meal than what’s actually in the dish.

Spicy Shrimp Recipe

This Easy Shrimp Recipe Is Pure Comfort Food

That’s definitely comfort food to me.

You’ve got beer, which always makes a great sauce like in this Steamer recipe, hot sauce and butter. Can’t go wrong with that combo.

And SHRIMPS! Can’t forget about the shrimp! We’ve made so many recipes using shrimp like this Stir Fry Shrimp and Cashews, everyone loves eating it in our house so it’s a weekly thing.

Don’t be afraid when you read this recipe – you might stop for a second and question the 1/4 cup of Hot Sauce that goes in. But do NOT skimp on the hot sauce! I swear to you, combined with the butter (there’s lots) and the beer (lots of that too) it makes the most tasty, bread-soaking-up sauce ever.

Can This Spicy Shrimp Recipe Be Doubled?

Having a few friends over? Double this and throw big bowls on the table with crispy baguettes – Spicy Drunken Shrimp is served. It’s a great meal to entertain with too, you can put it together in about 15 minutes so you’re not hanging out in the kitchen all night. Or, like I did, just serve it to your family for a quick weeknight meal.

How To Make This Spicy Shrimp Dinner 

This shrimp is so easy to throw together too, all you have to do is toss some jumbo shrimp up with a few seasonings and cook them in a skillet for a minute or two.

Take them out and add the beer to the skillet then the chicken stock, hot sauce and worcestershire sauce.

Let it cook down, then add in some lemon juice, a little cream and a few more tablespoons of butter. Just a few…

Add the shrimp back in and let them warm up a few minutes and then pour out into a big bowl and serve.

Don’t forget a few big loaves of bread and lots of beer to wash it all down!

Shrimp Dinner Recipe Idea



Spicy Drunken Shrimp

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


  • 24 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined with the tails left on
  • 1 T. Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 T. olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 1/2 c. chicken stock
  • 1/4 c. worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. Frank’s RedHot Sauce
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 6 T. butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • 1/4 c. chopped celery leaves
  • 1 baguette for serving


  1. Season the shrimp with the Old Bay, salt and pepper then toss to coat.
  2. Heat 2 T. of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the shrimp, cooking for 2 minutes until pink.
  3. Remove the shrimp to a plate.
  4. Add the remaining 1 T. of olive oil to the skillet and cook the garlic and rosemary for 1 minute over low heat.
  5. Add the beer to the skillet and reduce for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add the stock, worcestershire sauce and hot sauce then cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add the butter, lemon juice and cream and whisk until smooth.
  8. Add the cooked shrimp back to the pan to warm through.
  9. Top with chopped celery leaves.
  10. Serve with big pieces of the bread for dipping in the sauce.


Serves 4 for dinner or can be served as an appetizer for up to 8.

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18 Responses

  1. Made this tonight and noticed it calls for garlic in ingredients but when making it not in the instructions.

    I wasn’t sure where yiu added it?!? I just threw it in when realized I missed it.

  2. Thanks Ashely – I left that line out in the recipe card! I hope it turned out ok, but I adjusted the recipe if you want to try it again. Good catch!

  3. Bonnie

    Hi Dan,

    Am anxious to make this dish! Have a couple of questions for you first:

    The video shows (and labels) soy sauce. The recipe says Worcestershire. What’s your preference?

    I’m not a fan of Rosemary. Would any other herbs work?


    1. Yes, that’s actually an editing error. It’s worcestershire sauce! I’ll have to update the video, thanks for pointing that out. You could use oregano or thyme too, just adjust the amounts to taste!

  4. Karen

    I’ve made this many times. It is always delicious and gets rave reviews from everyone to whom I’ve served it. We have decided we like it with an IPA vs. a lighter beer, though. I gave the recipe to a friend of mine who served it over cheesy grits. I have also done that and added blue cheese. YUM!!!

  5. Mary Jo


    My question is mine didn’t really thicken up. I didn’t have heavy cream so substituted 1/2 & 1/2, was that my mistake? otherwise, loved it!!!!

    1. yes half and half is a lot thinner than heavy cream so that could be it. Also just make sure you let the beer reduce out for the full time and let the sauce simmer until it reduces. But next time try it with heavy cream! Glad you liked it anyway!

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