RECIPE: Make Joey D’s Oak Room New Orleans Spicy Shrimp

Credit: Henri Hollis

Credit: Henri Hollis

The sauce that comes with the New Orleans barbecue shrimp appetizer at Joey D’s Oak Room is absolutely divine. It includes a mixture of spices with a smoky taste to it. I would love to have the recipe for that dipping sauce! It would pair well with other fish recipes as well. — Viviana Fernandez, Sandy Springs

This spicy shrimp appetizer has been on the menu at Joey D’s Oak Room since the restaurant opened more than 30 years ago. It’s a classic New Orleans preparation that is messy to eat but worth the mess. This is the first time the restaurant has been willing to share this recipe, so we’re glad to be able to feature it.

Head-on shrimp are not generally available at your local grocery, but a fresh seafood shop or market like the Buford Highway or DeKalb farmers markets will have them for sale. It’s worth seeking them out because they provide extra flavor to the dish.

Don’t forget the crusty bread. You’ll want it to soak up every bit of that buttery sauce.

From the menu of...Joey D’s Oak Room, 1015 Crown Pointe Parkway, Dunwoody. 770-512-7063,

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