Easy Smoked Shrimp Recipe – Spicy and Delicious

When it comes to shrimp people normally don’t experiment with it because they feel the seafood will taste wrong if not cooked properly. That’s totally wrong! Today I bring you my favorite and go-to smoked shrimp recipe that you can make within minutes.

Whenever I found an extra rack free in the smoker, I always tossed veggies. Never did it cross my mind that shrimp could be smoked as well. After trying out this recipe and smoking a batch of shrimp, I have been making them at every BBQ party or cookout with friends.

With just a few ingredients, you can make delicious shrimp with a smokey flavor ready in no time. What I love about smoking this seafood is that it only takes a few minutes to cook the shrimp, so you can serve it hot as a snack while beef or chicken smokes.

In this recipe, I prefer to use peeled shrimp, as the shell will limit the smokey flavor from penetrating all the way. If you wish, you could devein the shrimp as well.

Once the shrimp is seasoned, toss the shrimp into the smoker, and serve with garlic butter and herbs.


I like to serve shrimp with rice dishes or garlic noodles. You can also make quesadillas and serve the shrimp with soft tortilla shells.

How long should you smoke shrimp?

Ideally, shrimp should be smoked for 30-45 minutes in a smoker set at 250F. Cooking for longer will turn the shrimp rubbery.

Follow this quick and easy smoked shrimp recipe to enjoy this seafood dish for a dinner party or a cookout with friends and family.

                    ⏱ Prep Time: 5 minutes | 🔥 Cook Time: 30 minutes | 🍽 Serving: 4


  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled 
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp, oil, and spices. Keep aside to marinade.
  2. Place the shrimp in the smoker. You can place aluminum foil on the rack to prevent the shrimp from falling through.
  3. Set the smoker to 250F and use the wood of your choice. I use cherrywood because it gives a smokey flavor to shrimp.
  4. Smoke the shrimp for 30-40 minutes or until pink, and serve hot.


  • Do not overcook the shrimp as they will turn chewy and rubbery.
  • To bring out the smokey flavor, brush salted butter on shrimps after every 10-15 minutes in the smoker.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 183kcal | Protein: 23g | Carbohydrates: 1.9g | Sodium: 140mg | Fat: 8g

What goes good with smoked shrimp?

Here are some amazing dishes to serve with smoked shrimp:

  • Macaroni salad
  • Microwaved cauliflower
  • Pesto noodles
  • Guacamole
  • Potato salad
  • Fries
  • Greek vegetable salad
  • Roasted asparagus
  • Grilled veggies (squash, onions, cheery tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini)
  • Couscous
  • Elotes
  • Coconut rice

What wood is best for smoking shrimp?

The best option is to use cherry wood or hickory as they produce great flavor in the shrimp. they also last longer in the smoker.

What sauce goes good with smoked shrimp?

Here are some sauces that go great with shrimp:

  • Yogurt sauce
  • Mint chutney sauce
  • Sriracha mayonnaise sauce
  • Avacado hot sauce
  • Chipotle sauce
  • Ketchup mustard sauce

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