House of Blues Voodoo Shrimp Copycat Recipe

Try this House of Blues Voodoo Shrimp Copycat Recipe for a super easy totally addictive appetizer or potluck dish. Serve with cornbread or crusty bread to soak-up all the yummy sauce.


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House of Blues Voodoo Shrimp

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 serving
Calories: 1225kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio
Copycat recipes from one of my favorite gulf coast restaurants.
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  • 1/2 tablespoon each dried basil and dried oregano
  • Corn bread - see note
  • 1/4 teaspoon each finely ground black pepper and cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped tomatoes
  • 5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ounce butter
  • 2 1/2 bay leaves
  • 6 medium to large peeled - deveined shrimp, with tail left on
  • 3 3/4 cups Dark Lager beer
  • Cut chives
  • 1/2 tablespoon shrimp base
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 16 ounces heavy cream


  • In a large saucepot, combine beer, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil, oregano, shrimp base, sugar, and cream.
  • Let the mixture simmer until the mixture begins to thicken and will coat the back of a spoon.
  • Season shrimp with salt and pepper to taste and sauté in oil.
  • Ladle 4 ounces of the simmered sauce into the pan.
  • When the mixture begins to thicken, add 1 ounce of butter to the pan.
  • Add tomatoes.


To serve, cut a wedge of cornbread in half. Place bottom half in a shallow serving bowl and top with shrimp and some of the sauce. Add chives. Place the remaining wedge of cornbread on top and garnish with rosemary.
***To make a larger batch just change the number of servings and the recipe will recalculate ingredient list for you.


Calories: 1225kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 95g | Saturated Fat: 59g | Cholesterol: 386mg | Sodium: 783mg | Potassium: 657mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 3720IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 237mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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  1. Pam Markland
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    Where can I find shrimp base?

    • Kelly D
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      Hi Pam,

      You can find shrimp base in most grocery stores in either the Mexican food section, the Cajun/Creole section or near chicken broth and bouillon cubes.

      • Channing
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        Go to your local restaurant ask to show speak to the Chef ask him if he has any or if he can order you some. U can go to sams club or Costco

      • Anne
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        Is shrimp base the same as the shrimp paste used in Asian recipes?

        • Kelly DiMascio
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          No, shrimp base is fermented. Shrimp base is like a bouillon for shrimp/seafood stock. Prepared, this base has the pleasant flavor and aroma characteristic of shrimp stock.

  2. Pat
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    What is the stuff in the middle? Looks maybe like some grits? Recipe?

    • Kelly DiMascio
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      They are white cheddar cheese grits. I’ll try to post my recipe soon.

      • Cherrie
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        Where can I find your white cheddar cheese grits recipe?

  3. Martha
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    Amazing recipe. Easy to follow and so good.

  4. Charlie
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    Love this voodoo shrimp. Much easier than the other voodoo shrimp recipes I found online. Tastes awesome.

  5. Wendy
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    This is just like the real thing. thanks for sharing the “secret”!

  6. Don
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    I never had House of Blues VooDoo Shrimp but this recipe is delicious!

  7. Leonie Clarke
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    I was lucky enough to eat this amazing dish in the house of blues in Florida. Unfortunately we don’t have ‘shrimp base’ in England. I would love to make this.



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