Grilling fresh shrimp is just one of the classic summer dishes. Just like a Burger or a Steak, shrimp recipes have a way of finding themselves out of the kitchen and on to the grill. So why not take a kitchen classic like garlic butter shrimp and put it over some hot Cowboy Charcoal?

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Grilling shrimp on the barbie

Shrimp is such a natural thing to cook over the fire. It is easy to prep, quick to cook and packs a punch when it comes to flavor. Honestly, I ask myself all the time why I do not cook more shrimp.

If you’re loving this recipe, add some beef to it and try our garlic butter steak and shrimp!

shrimp on the skillet

Especially the Charred Garlic Butter Shrimp! These little flavor bombs are super easy to make in a cast iron skillet in the woods, in your backyard or near the beach. They have a ton of butter for fat, garlic for savory, and lemon juice to zest. They are a perfect compliment to cook on the grill.

The key for Garlic Butter Shrimp is the curl

The biggest key to making good Garlic Butter Shrimp is heating up the pan before you cook them. Shrimp only take 3-5 minutes to cook, so having the pan nice and hot will really help you from overcooking them.

tailgating with cowboy

Stay aware to the shape of the shrimp. You should shoot for a “C” curl in the shrimp. This will tell you that they are done. You want to prevent the shrimp from being over-curled into an “O” shape or under-curled into a “J” shape.

This tells you they are either over cooked (tough) or under cooked (raw). Keep that “C” shape curl and you are golden! Just look at my photos above for “C” shaped shrimp!

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Charred Garlic Butter Shrimp

Garlic and butter make the perfect pairing for this shrimp dish.
Author:Derek Wolf
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people


  • 4 tbsp of butter
  • 1/2 pound of medium shrimp peeled (de-vein if you like)
  • 1 tsp of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp of Lemon juice


  • Freshly chopped parsley


  • In a bowl, mix the shrimp, salt, pepper, garlic and lemon juice thoroughly.
  • Light the Cowboy Hardwood Lump Charcoal in a charcoal chimney or mound inside your grill and let burn for 10-15 minutes.
  • Preheat your cast iron skillet by placing it over the fire about 5-10 minutes before cooking.
  • Place butter on to skillet and let fully melt.
  • Add the seasoned shrimp to the skillet and let cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Pull shrimp off grill and sprinkle freshly chopped parsley on top!


Gear: Cowboy Charcoal & cast iron

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Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

4.50 from 2 votes

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this last night in my cast iron skillet on the gas grill. It was excellent. Roasted some veggies and finished them in the butter sauce with the shrimp. MMM!

  2. 4 stars
    It was really good except for I think it has way too much salt. I think if I made it again, I would cut the salt in half at least.