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Rachael’s Boiler Maker Shrimp Scampi

This recipe originally appeared on the Rachael Ray Show. For more recipes and videos from the show visit


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 20-24 large shrimp, deveined, tails on
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 rib of celery with leafy tops, finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped or grated
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf
  • 2 shots bourbon
  • 1 cup beer
  • About 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • About ¼ cup hot sauce (Rach’s go-to is Frank’s)
  • ½ cup shrimp stock (recipe below) or seafood stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves
  • 4 scallions, whites and greens, chopped or thinly sliced


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large pan over medium-high to high heat, add shrimp and sear 2 minutes, then turn, season with salt and pepper, cook a minute more, and remove from pan. Add another turn of oil to the pan and add the minced celery, shallots, jalapeño pepper, garlic, and bay leaf; stir 2 minutes, then pull pan away from flame to add bourbon, return to heat, add beer and reduce a minute. Add Worcestershire, hot sauce, and stock and reduce by half, then swirl in butter. Add shrimp back to pan and turn to coat. Cook shrimp through 2 minutes more and douse with lemon juice, then transfer to platter and top with thyme and scallions to serve.

Rachael Ray