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1 July 2020

Bust out your grills for this easy grilled buffalo shrimp recipe tossed in a homemade spicy and tangy Buffalo sauce. Perfect for summertime grilling and easy party food, dinner or appetizer.

Are you in NEED of a quick and easy dinner recipe? Or perhaps a LAST MINUTE appetizer that you can toss onto the grill super fast?

A recipe that will satisfy just about EVERYONE? Even the pickiest of eaters?

Here it is! Grilled Buffalo Shrimp.

YES!

These Buffalo Shrimp are grilled instead of breaded and fried until golden brown like your typical Buffalo Shrimp, making them healthier to serve, but also MUCH FASTER to bring to the table.

That’s a HUGE bonus, right? Especially if you’re a slow cook like I am. I can’t help myself! Who needs a deep fryer? And who needs buffalo wings when we have buffalo shrimp? 

Let’s talk about how we make them, shall we?

Grilled Buffalo Shrimp in a bowl over spinach leaves - they satisfy everyone.

Grilled Buffalo Shrimp Ingredients

  • FOR THE SHRIMP
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined⠀
  • 1 tablespoon red chili flakes + more for garnish⠀
  • Salt and black pepper to taste⠀
  • FOR THE BUFFALO SAUCE⠀
  • 4 ounces Louisiana style hot sauce or Habanero Hot Sauce (Use even more for a saucier version)
  • 2 ounces melted butter⠀
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce⠀
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • FOR SERVING: Crumbly queso fresco, sliced lime wedges

How to Make Grilled Buffalo Shrimp – The Steps

First, peel and de-vein a pound of shrimp and dry them. Toss them in a bowl with red pepper flakes and salt and pepper.

Season the shrimp with chili flakes and seasonings

Heat your grill to medium heat and lightly oil the grates.

Grill the shrimp a few minutes per side, until they are cooked through and nice and pink.

Grilling the shrimp

Make the Buffalo Sauce. While the shrimp are grilling, whisk together your preferred hot sauce, melted butter, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar in a small bowl. You can heat it in a saucepan to medium heat if you’d like.

This is your Buffalo Sauce, much like a typical zingy wing sauce..

Mixing our Homemade Buffalo Sauce

 Add the shrimp and toss in your Buffalo sauce to get them nicely coated. Toss to coat!

Tossing the shrimp in homemade Buffalo sauce

Serve them up! Boom! Super easy, right?

I served mine over some spinach leaves and topped them with crumbly white cheese and a few slices of lime.

AND! Some extra spicy chili flakes because, you know, I like to spice things up a little. Try them with a good blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing as a dip.

This recipe is perfect for game day eating or any party situation or gathering. So much better than deep frying. They cook up in practically no time and they’re so easy to make. Everybody loves them. Serve them at your next super bowl party or game day event.

Recipe Tips

  • The Buffalo Sauce. I used a Homemade Garlic-Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe for this particular sauce, but realistically, you can use your own favorite habanero hot sauce.
  • Louisiana Style Hot Sauce. If you’d prefer to dial back the heat a bit, skip the habanero hot sauce and go with a red hot sauce of your own preference. A good Louisiana style hot sauce would be ideal for this recipe.
  • Homemade Buffalo Sauce. Or, try my Homemade Buffalo Sauce Recipe and see how you like that, too.
  • Extra Seasonings. I’m using chili flakes and salt and pepper here, but you can use your favorites. Add in some cayenne pepper, garlic powder and/or onion powder, or use your favorite Cajun seasoning or blackened seasoning blend. Spice it up!

It’s all good!

This Grilled Buffalo Shrimp is ready to eat

Try Some of My Other Popular Shrimp Recipes

Try Some of My Other Popular Spicy Appetizer Recipes

If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.

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Grilled Buffalo Shrimp - Recipe

Bust out your grills for this easy grilled buffalo shrimp recipe tossed in a homemade spicy and tangy Buffalo sauce. Perfect for summertime grilling and easy party food, dinner or appetizer.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, Buffalo sauce, dinner, shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 225kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined⠀
  • 1 tablespoon red chili flakes + more for garnish⠀
  • Salt and pepper to taste⠀
  • Crumbly queso fresco for serving⠀
  • 1 lime sliced, for serving

FOR THE SAUCE⠀

  • 4 ounces Habanero Hot Sauce Use even more for a saucier version⠀
  • 2 ounces melted butter⠀
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce⠀
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar⠀

Instructions

  • Heat your grill to medium heat and lightly oil the grates.⠀
  • Toss the shrimp with chili flakes, salt and pepper. ⠀
  • Grill the shrimp 2-3 minutes per side, until they are nicely pink and cooked through.⠀
  • Make your sauce by whisking together the Habanero Hot Sauce, melted butter, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar.⠀
  • Toss the shrimp in the sauce.⠀
  • Serve in a bowl and top with crumbly queso fresco along with toothpics for easy grabbing. Top with lime slices.
  • Enjoy!⠀

Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 316mg | Sodium: 1779mg | Potassium: 182mg | Vitamin A: 995IU | Vitamin C: 25.8mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 3mg

Note: This recipe was updated on 7/1/20 to include new information. It was originally published on 6/20/18.

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