Main Dish | July 12, 2018

Shrimp On The Barbie {Outback Copycat Recipe}

Are you a shrimp fan?!? One of my favorite things to order at Outback Restaurant is shrimp on the barbie.  And I have a copycat recipe that is spot on! This easy barbecue shrimp will become your new favorite grilling recipe.

shrimp skewers on a white platter with dipping sauce

Choosing The Right Shrimp

When it comes to purchasing shrimp, always choose fresh if available.  The next best will be frozen.  For this recipe you will need jumbo shrimp. There are about 16 shrimp per pound with this size.  I prefer them to be:

  1. deveined
  2. shelled
  3. and the tail on

Tip: Always use raw shrimp for this recipe – if you opt for previously cooked your shrimp will turn out tough after cooking on the grill.

uncooked shrimp being placed on metal skewers

Seasoned Butter Glaze

The secret is the seasoned butter glaze you baste onto the shrimp before grilling.  It has tons of flavor!  Even the most green of chefs can create this glaze in a saucepan by melting together:

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • old bay seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • cumin
  • red pepper
  • minced garlic

sauce pan with butter dipping sauce ingredients


Easy Barbecue Shrimp – Baste and Grill

After you  have created your seasoning butter glaze brush one side of the shrimp with the sauce and place on a grill over medium heat, sauce side down.  Quickly brush the other side with glaze. Cook each side about 2-4 minutes, until shrimp is pink and opaque.

I love shrimp meals because they are SO DANG EASY!  Not to mention fast!!! Do not overcook your shrimp.  Overcooked shrimp is touch and yucky.  So as soon as your shrimp pinks up, it is done!

grilled shrimp skewers on a grill

Remoulade Sauce

At outback they serve their shrimp on the barbie with a remoulade sauce.  This too is a simple sauce to make.  It only requires whisking of a few ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

  • mayo
  • spicy brown mustard
  • relish
  • white vinegar
  • dried chives
  • paprika
  • onion salt
  • black pepper

What is a remoulade sauce?

Remoulade is a French condiment that is mayonnaise based.  It’s often seasoned with herbs and relish or capers. It’s very popular with seafood.


You can alter this sauce to your liking.  Here I’ve included cajun seasoning that pair nicely with the seasonings on the shrimp, but feel free to switch up the herbs and spices to suit your personal taste.

Remoulade Sauce ingredients in a white plate bowl with a metal whisk

Serve Immediately

Serve your shrimp hot, with a side of remoulade sauce.  I promise it will be devoured!  And after you’ve gobbled it up – come back and let me know what you think!  I love getting comments.

barbecue grilled shrimp on a white platter with remoulade dipping sauce and lemon slices

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5 from 14 votes
Easy Barbecue Shrimp
Shrimp On The Barbie {Outback Copycat Recipe}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
16 mins

Have your favorite restaurant shrimp at home! This easy barbecue shrimp is delicious and fast.

Course: Appetizer, dinner, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy barbecue shrimp, outback copycat recipe, shrimp on the barbie
Servings: 4
Calories: 434 kcal
Author: Kadee
Shrimp On The Barbie
  • 1 lb raw jumbo shrimp peeled, deveined, and tail on. About 16-20 shrimp per pound
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 TBSP Old Bay Seasoning I found it at the seafood counter at the grocery store
  • 3/4 TBSP light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
Remoulade Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp relish
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
Shrimp On The Barbie
  1. Thread your shrimp close together on a skewer. If using wooded, soak them in water for 10 minutes before threading the shrimp. If you use metal, like I do, skip straight to threading the shrimp.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat with the minced garlic. Add all other ingredients except shrimp.

  3. Brush one side of the shrimp with garlic butter mixture.
  4. Grill over medium heat for 3 minutes butter face down. Brush uncooked side with garlic butter. Turn and cook for an additional 3 minutes until opaque and pinked.
Remoulade Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.  Serve alongside shrimp.

Recipe Notes

Always use raw shrimp for this recipe - if you opt for previously cooked your shrimp will turn out tough after cooking on the grill.

Nutrition Facts
Shrimp On The Barbie {Outback Copycat Recipe}
Amount Per Serving (5 shrimp)
Calories 434 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 328mg109%
Sodium 1537mg67%
Potassium 127mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1505IU30%
Vitamin C 13.3mg16%
Calcium 192mg19%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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  1. 5 stars
    I just cooked these tonight. And it did not disappoint. Family and friends loved it. I will use again. Thank you.

    1. 5 stars
      i would recommend raw. I find precooked shrimp to come out tough after a second cooking session.

  2. 5 stars
    This was SOOOO good. The whole family loved them. The directions were so easy to understand. I didn’t modify it at all. Perfect!

  3. 5 stars
    Very good and very easy to make. I had some hickory wood chips smoking and added very mild flavor. Going to make again. I made double the rub so it may be stored for future seafood grilling events.

  4. 5 stars
    I just made this last night and my family devoured it! I have 2 questions. 1. The instructions don’t specify sweet or dill relish. Which is it? (I used sweet). 2. The ingredient list shows onion salt in one spot but then garlic salt in another. Which one is correct? ( I put equal amounts of both in).

    1. I use sweet relish in the sauce, and I believe it is garlic salt for the remoulade. This is an older recipe, that I obviously need to go in a proof read and update. I’ll make those changes. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      1. 5 stars
        Eating these as I type this… DELICIOUS!
        Hubby asked specifically for shrimp “like Outbacks.” Did not disappoint him!
        I followed everything perfectly but had to make my own Old Bay, as I did not have any on hand. Will save this recipe and make again and again! I will also re-use this sauce recipe for other things. Thank you!!

  5. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! It was so yummy & this is my favorite to order at outback & this copy cat recipe does not disappoint!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  6. 5 stars
    It was delicious nice little spice I did add a pinch of cayenne pepper and did change use dijon mustard because out of spicy mustard totally enjoyed