Garlicky Shrimp de Jonghe Recipe

Jennifer Olvera

Old-school and crazy-caloric, Chicago's shrimp de Jonghe is said to date back to the late 19th century. Created by Belgian brothers, who ran a Chicago restaurant and served the dish at the World's Columbian Exposition, it remains a treasure in many a Chicago restaurant today.

Its appeal is timeless. It's also easy to make.

Use quality raw jumbo shrimp. And don't skimp on the butter; otherwise your breadcrumbs with be dry. While some versions omit the lemon, I find it integral to cut through the richness and brighten the dish.

If you don't have sherry on hand, dry white wine may be used. However, the effect won't be quite the same.

Because it's quite heavy, this dish bodes well as an appetizer, too. If you serve it as a main course, accompany it with a crunchy green salad.

Recipe Details

Garlicky Shrimp de Jonghe Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 35 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 2 pounds peeled, deveined, raw jumbo shrimp

  • 3/4 cup dry sherry

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter

  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon minced white onion

  • 1 1/2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Arrange shrimp evenly across the bottom.

  2. Place sherry, butter, garlic, parsley, thyme, onion, breadcrumbs and cayenne in the bowl of a food processor. Season with salt and pepper and pulse to combine until it becomes a paste-like mixture. Spread evenly over shrimp.

  3. Transfer to oven and bake until shrimp is firm and no longer translucent, and breadcrumbs are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Special Equipment

Casserole dish

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
763 Calories
51g Fat
38g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 763
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g 65%
Saturated Fat 30g 152%
Cholesterol 408mg 136%
Sodium 2390mg 104%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 234mg 18%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 460mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)