Broiled Shrimp with shells
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4 Minute Broiled Shrimp with Harissa Lime Sauce

Thaw 2 pounds frozen shrimp. (Peel and devein it if you want.) Put a foil-lined baking sheet in the oven and turn on the broiler. Make the butter sauce. Place the shrimp in a single layer on the baking sheet, pour the butter sauce over, broil 4 minutes. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main Course, meal prep
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4


For the Shrimp

  • 2 pounds 16/20 Shrimp Thawed, shell on or off - it does not matter.
  • 1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground pepper Use a mortar and pestle if you have it. It really is better than a pepper grinder.

For the Beer/Butter Sauce

  • 1 bottle of whatever beer you have on hand
  • 1/2 - 1 stick butter
  • 1 whole lime, juiced and zested In a pinch you can use 2 T of frozen lime juice concentrate
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp dried Harissa mix Available online or specialty spice stores
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  • Thaw the shrimp if frozen. Use the directions on the back of the bag or fill your sink with cold water, place a colander in the sink and put the shrimp in the colander. It will take 10 - 20 minutes.
  • Adjust top oven rack so it is 2 rungs down from the top. Line a baking sheet or 2 half sheets with foil and place in the oven. Turn the oven on to heat at 400, then midway through the prep turn the oven to broil. The intent here is to heat the baking sheets so the shrimp cook on the bottom as well as the top.
  • Pour the beer into a saucepan, turn the heat to medium high and begin to reduce the beer by half. 
  • Peel and devein the shrimp during this time. Put the shrimp in a medium bowl and sprinkle with 1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt and 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper.
  • When the beer is reduced, add the butter and let it melt. Remove from heat and stir in the lime, spices, and minced garlic. If you have any fresh herbs, throw some of those in, too.
  • Let the sauce cool just a few minutes then pour it over the shrimp. Stir.
  • Remove foil-lined baking sheet from the oven, and place shrimp in a single layer. Pour sauce over the shrimp. Broil 4 minutes. Set a timer and make sure the rest of your meal is ready before broiling the shrimp.


This meal just needs bread and a green salad or a simple veggie.