Grilled Buffalo Shrimp

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This unique appetizer brings together three of our most favorite things in the culinary world: Grilling, Buffalo sauce, and shrimp.

Shrimp is so versatile and is amazing with so many different types of seasoning. This variation using a simple homemade Buffalo wing sauce with homemade blue cheese is mouth-watering.  Grilling them is easy and the flavor is incredible. And they come together in no time at all!

An overhead view of a white oval platter filled with grilled Buffalo shrimp surrounded by strips of celery and two small jars filled with blue cheese dressing.

How To Make Grilled Buffalo Shrimp


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The Ingredients You Will Need

This has all the wonderful flavors of Classic Buffalo Chicken Wings, but we’re substituting the chicken with shrimp! Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand:

Shrimp – We recommend large shrimp, but not extra jumbo or colossal. These are ideal for popping in your mouth. See the Expert Tip about selecting the right size.
Seasonings – Salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and chili powder.
Hot sauce – Frank’s is classic and our favorite.
Butter – Unsalted
Blue cheese dressing – Homemade is a must and can be made in advance (click the link for the easy recipe).

You’ll also need wooden or metal skewers, or a grill skillet/pan, and a grill (gas, charcoal, or electric).

EXPERT TIP: Shrimp are sold by count per pound in the United States. The number on the label will indicate the number of shrimp in the package. If it reads 21/25, you know there should be from 21 to 25 shrimp in each pound.

An overhead view of a glass bowl filled with uncooked shrimp that is coated with seasonings and a wooden spoon inserted on the side.

Tips for Perfect Grilled Buffalo Shrimp

Prepare the Shrimp – As mentioned, these shrimps are easy for guests to grab and just pop in their mouths. Therefore we recommend going with not too large of shrimp, and remove shells, tails, and de-vein them.

Serve Immediately, While They’re Hot – They are so tasty, they’re even yummy after they’ve cooled off. But, they are definitely best served nice and hot. Have your celery and blue cheese dressing plated ready to go before you grill and coat the shrimp.

Make the Blue Cheese Dressing – We can’t stress this enough. Homemade blue cheese dressing is not hard to make and can be made several days in advance. It matched against the Buffalo shrimp is through-the-roof delicious.

EXPERT TIP: If you are using wooden skewers, it’s not a bad idea to soak them in water for about 30 minutes. Because the shrimp cooks so quickly, you probably won’t run the risk of the wooden skewers catching on fire, but just to be safe, we recommend it.

Six rows of shrimp on metal skewers on the grates of a gas grill with a flame visible below.

How To Serve

You will want to serve these just as you would standard Buffalo chicken wings.

We love to place them in a pile in the center of large oval platter and then flank them with cut celery pieces and a couple small jars of the homemade blue cheese dressing.

You could also serve them with homemade ranch dressing.

EXPERT TIP: The shrimp only take about 8 to 10 minutes to cook on a hot grill. They will be pink and slightly curled on the skewers. While they are grilling, be sure to get your sauce simmering on the stove and then pour the hot wing sauce directly over the shrimp in a heat-proof bowl.

Buffalo sauce being poured from a steel saucepan into a ceramic bowl of grilled shrimp.

Other Awesome Appetizer Recipes to Try

We love appetizers so much that we sometimes make a spread of them just to have for a fun meal. Here are some of our all-time favorites that we’re sure you and your family and friends will love, too:

Baked Teriyaki Chicken Wings
Italian-Style Chicken Wings with Gorgonzola Dipping Sauce
Crosshatch Sweet Potato Chips with Cajun Remoulade
Loaded Potato Skins
Classic Nachos
Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms
Best-Ever Stromboli
Homemade Jalapeño Poppers

These are all so good and it’s hard to choose one as our favorite. But, in the meantime, are these babies calling your name?

EXPERT TIP: After you’ve tossed the shrimp in the sauce, use a pair of tongs to place them on a platter, and then spoon the rest of the sauce all over the top. Amazing!

A person using a silver spoon to drizzle Buffalo wing sauce over a platter filled with Buffalo shrimp and pieces of celery.

What Can Be Made in Advance

To save yourself some time, mix together the rub ingredients. This can be done days in advance. The shrimp can be seasoned several hours before grilling.

You can place all of the sauce ingredients into your saucepan, but no need to simmer until the shrimp is on the grill.

Remember, the shrimp only takes about 8 to 10 minutes to cook on the grill, so taking these small “do ahead” steps will make the time to present the final dish very fast and easy.

A straight-on view of an oval white platter filled with grilled Buffalo shrimp with pieces of celery and two small jars of blue cheese dressing.

If you are a fan of grilled shrimp and if you also love Buffalo flavored dishes, you and your guest are going to flip this grilled Buffalo shrimp.

The shrimp is seasoned nicely and the sauce has that classic Buffalo sauce. The result is shrimp that is deeply flavorful, and not fishy tasting at all.

And did we mention, the homemade blue cheese dressing is the perfect match for the flavor profile with the grilled shrimp. So good!

A person plunging a grilled Buffalo shrimp into a small bowl filled with blue cheese dressing.

Ready to make the best shrimp appetizer this side of Buffalo, NY? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo of it, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!

A straight-on view of an oval white platter filled with grilled Buffalo shrimp with pieces of celery and two small jars of blue cheese dressing.

Grilled Buffalo Shrimp

If you like Buffalo hot wings, and if you like grilled shrimp, you are going to love these Grilled Buffalo Shrimp! Be sure to make the homemade blue cheese dressing, it's super easy and takes the dish to the next level. This is a crowd-pleaser without a doubt!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buffalo Sauce, Shrimp
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 113kcal


  • 4 to 6 wooden or metal skewers


  • Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing click for easy recipe
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper divided (1/2 tsp for the shrimp and 1/2 for the sauce)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder divided (1/2 tsp for the shrimp and 1/2 for the sauce)
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 18 large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup hot sauce Frank's is good
  • celery cut into strips


Do Ahead

  • Make the blue cheese dressing and chill, covered, until ready to serve.
    Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Prepare the Shrimp

  • Prepare your grill for direct cooking over medium heat.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper (½ tsp), onion powder, garlic powder (½ tsp), paprika, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.
    1 tsp Kosher salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp smoked paprika, ¼ tsp chili powder, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Place the shrimp in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil. Sprinkle the seasonings all over them. Toss until they are well coated.
    18 large shrimp, 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Skewer all of the shrimp.
  • Grill the shrimp, turning once, until just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the butter, hot sauce, ½ tsp garlic powder, and½ tsp black pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat until simmering.
    4 tbsp unsalted butter, ¼ cup hot sauce
  • Remove grilled shrimp from the skewers and place them in a clean heat-proof bowl. Pour the sauce over the shrimp. Toss to coat.
  • Serve immediately with blue cheese dip and celery.


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For extra heat, double the amount of cayenne. 
These are definitely best served hot, right from the grill, however, they are still delicious at room temperature. 
The shrimp can also be cooked in a skillet with butter or oil until pink and slightly curled, about 7 to 10 minutes. 


Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 351IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in August 2017, but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new tips and photography and a fabulous new video in September 2023!


  • 5 stars
    Quick question. When do I add the 2 tablespoons olive oil? When I toss the shrimp with spices? I made the recipe and it turned out great even though I never added the olive oil.

    • Hi Susan! So sorry about that! You toss the shrimp with the oil before adding the seasonings. But, it’s not 100% necessary (as you discovered). Thanks for the heads up, we’ve updated the recipe to reflect this. And…we are THRILLED you loved the shrimp! Aren’t they sooooo scrumptious! Thank you for sharing and for the wonderful review. That honestly means so much to us!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • Hi Kris and Wesley, I am a big fan of your cooking recipes and have tried many. Anyway yesterday I made the Buffalo Shrimp and it was absolutely delicious. Marge and I were entertaining and our friends loved the shrimp in this amazing sauce. Another How to Feed a Loon wonderful decicious recipe. Thank you! You have made my cooking fun and greatly improved. Susan

    • Hi Susan! You honestly just made our day! (you always do!). We are so excited you made the Buffalo shrimp and made it for guests and you had such great success! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing and your kind words.That means so much to us!!! Have a wonderful day and week ahead!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

    • Awesome! We are so so thrilled you made the Buffalo wings and loved them! Thank you so so much for sharing and for the wonderful review! That means the world to us! Please stay in touch!! Kris & Wesley

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