Mr. Story’s Shrimp (The BEST Grilled Shrimp!)

Mr. Story’s Shrimp is grilled shrimp that’s doused in a lemon butter sauce and is perfect for a family gathering.  Roll up your sleeves and make sure you have lots of gf bread for mopping up the wonderful sauce! 

mr. story's shrimp in a bowl with bread and lemon

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You and your family are gonna LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this shrimp!  I originally got the recipe from Food Network years and years ago and we made it for a family gathering.  It’s now the go-to shrimp dish we make.  Every time we serve it to someone new, they want the recipe!

Changes I Made to the Original Mr. Story’s Shrimp Recipe

I don’t know who Mr. Story was, but thank you so much, Mr. Story!  Your shrimp is the best!!  I just made a few changes that suit our tastes and preferences:

  • I chose to peel the shrimp ahead of time, or even use already peeled and deveined shrimp.  The original calls for grilling the shrimp with the peels on.
  • Although we have made it with lime juice, I personally prefer lemon with seafood so that’s what we use.
  • I add way more hot sauce than is originally called for.  I like mine a little spicy. Feel free to adjust this to your personal tastes.

The Ingredients You’ll Need

There are only a handful of ingredients required to make this wonderful shrimp dish:

  • Shrimp–go for the larger shrimp if you can. Smaller shrimp will need to be skewered on a grill so they won’t fall through the grates.
  • Butter–use real salted butter. No fake stuff here!
  • Olive oil–just a small amount for tossing the shrimp before grilling.
  • Lemon juice–freshly squeezed lemon juice is my choice over the original (lime juice), but either will work great.
  • Worcestershire sauce–a small amount goes a long way.
  • Hot sauce–I like it on the spicy side, but you can add as much or as little hot sauce as desired. My favorite is Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.
  • Fresh thyme–use fresh if you can, but you can also substitute 1/3 the amount of dried thyme.
  • Gluten free bread–for mopping up the sauce. Arguably one of my favorite parts of this whole dish, I can’t seem to eat it without the bread on the side. Any of my breads will work, including my gf artisan, gf sourdough, or gf Italian bread.

Grill the Shrimp and Make the Sauce

Toss the peeled and deveined shrimp with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Meanwhile, make the sauce by combining all the rest of the ingredients in a large saucepan until the butter is melted and the mixture is hot. Turn the heat down to low and wait for the shrimp to grill.

Grill the shrimp over high heat until just cooked through, flipping after about one minute. They’ll finish cooking in the sauce so don’t overcook them on the grill.

shrimp on the grill
grilled shrimp on a white platter

Add the shrimp to the sauce and toss. Sprinkle in the fresh thyme and serve with crusty gluten free bread (or regular bread if you don’t need to eat gluten free).

shrimp in a white bowl and dipping the bread into the sauce

There’s really nothing more to say other than to make Mr. Story’s Shrimp because once you do, you’ll be a fan forever! If you’re celebrating your Labor Day Weekend with family and friends, this is the PERFECT dish to serve a crowd. It’s easy and quick to make, but it’s so, so good and will be loved by everyone 🦐🦐🦐

mr. story's shrimp in a bowl with bread and lemon

Mr. Story’s Shrimp (The BEST Grilled Shrimp!)

Succulent shrimp doused in a buttery, lemony sauce is perfect for a family gathering. Roll up your sleeves and make sure you have lots of bread for mopping up the wonderful sauce!  
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CourseMain Course
Keywordgrilled, mr story’s shrimp, seafood, shrimp
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings6 -8 servings


  • 1 cup (226 g or 2 sticks) butter
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2-4 tbsp hot sauce (or more or less to taste)
  • 2 lbs jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 loaves your favorite bread (gf artisan, sourdough, or Italian are great with this shrimp!)


  • Heat the grill to high.  Wrap baguettes or French bread in foil and place on top grate of grill.  Alternatively, place bread in the oven at 350° F while grilling the shrimp.
  • On the side burner of a gas grill, or on your stove top, melt the butter with salt and pepper, lemon juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce and heat through until the butter has melted and begins to simmer.  Reduce heat to low.
  • Meanwhile, toss the shrimp with the olive oil and grill in a single layer for about 1-2 minutes per side, or until slightly charred.  Don’t overcook as the shrimp will continue to cook in the butter mixture.
  • Transfer the shrimp to the butter mixture.  Toss.  Remove from the heat and sprinkle with chopped sprigs of thyme.
  • Remove the bread from the grill or oven.  To serve, ladle shrimp with sauce into bowls and tear or cut pieces of bread from loaf for dipping.  

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