Grilled Shrimp with Vanilla Beurre Blanc

Grilled Shrimp with Vanilla Beurre Blanc - Don't let the fancy French name intimidate you - in just about 20 minutes, you can pull together this elegant summer appetizer! |

This Grilled Shrimp with Vanilla Beurre Blanc is kind of like a culinary school lesson, with a more modern twist. Beurre blanc is a classic French sauce (translated as “white butter”) that is similar to a hollandaise in theory, but without any eggs. Don’t let the French name intimidate you: beurre blanc is simply an emulsion of butter + a vinegar and/or wine reduction. It sounds fancy, but it’s actually pretty quick and easy to make.

Grilled Shrimp with Vanilla Beurre Blanc - Don't let the fancy French name intimidate you - in just about 20 minutes, you can pull together this elegant summer appetizer! |

Now, for the modern twist. I’m kind of loving the delicate combination of seafood and vanilla lately. I had a restaurant dish of halibut with a light vanilla sauce awhile back, and I’ve been thinking about that plate of food ever since! Vanilla isn’t just relegated to baking and pastry in my kitchen – it comes out to play in savory food, too. Just a small spoonful of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste added to this beurre blanc gives a modern twist to this very classic French sauce. Madagascar Bourbon vanilla has a sweet, creamy flavor and is an excellent “all-purpose” vanilla, perfect for any sweet or savory recipe.

The vanilla beurre blanc would pair wonderfully with almost any type of seafood – including fish, lobster or shrimp – or even grilled asparagus. Serve this Grilled Shrimp with Vanilla Beurre Blanc as an appetizer or light entree at your next summer barbecue!

Grilled Shrimp with Vanilla Beurre Blanc - Don't let the fancy French name intimidate you - in just about 20 minutes, you can pull together this elegant summer appetizer! |

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Grilled Shrimp with Vanilla Beurre Blanc

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes


  • 1 pound (16/20 size) peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 6 ounces (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Pinch of kosher salt and ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (optional)


  1. Preheat grill for direct grilling over medium heat. Season shrimp with salt and ground black pepper. Transfer shrimp to grill and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until internal temperature of shrimp reaches 145 degrees F, turning once. Transfer shrimp to plate and cover to keep warm.
  2. In small skillet, heat shallot, wine, vinegar and peppercorns to simmering over medium-high heat. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 1-1/2 tablespoons, swirling pan occasionally. Strain mixture through fine-mesh strainer; discard solids.
  3. Transfer liquid back to skillet and return to stove over low (lowest possible!) heat. While whisking constantly, add butter 2 tablespoons at a time, allowing each addition to melt before adding more butter. When all butter is fully incorporated and emulsified, whisk in lemon juice, vanilla bean paste, and one pinch each of salt and ground white pepper.
  4. Serve Grilled Shrimp drizzled with Vanilla Beurre Blanc and sprinkled with chives, if desired.

Home Chef Tip: I like to have all of the ingredients for this recipe prepped before I begin, so I can grill the shrimp and keep them warm (covered in foil) while I quickly make the beurre blanc. Alternatively, you can make the beurre blanc first and keep it warm in a coffee thermos while you grill the shrimp.

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  1. Oh my! This looks great.. Such a classic dish.
    Beautifully photographed as well. Love those bowls! 🙂

  2. Ooh, Lori!  What a wonderful idea!  My husband doesn’t like shrimp but I could see doing this with cod or salmon.  Add asparagus and sweet potatoes and what a meal!  (way to many exclamation points here!)  Seems like the sauce would be nice with a lot of things  – on veggies with mild flavor.  This one has definitely gotten my imagination going.

    • Yes yes yes! I think that restaurant meal I had where there was a vanilla sauce + fish, it was halibut, or maybe cod. It came with asparagus, spring peas, and a few potatoes. This sauce will definitely pair with any fish or veggie with a mild flavor. I hope you get a chance to try this one, Susan.

  3. Ok, now all I want to do is steam a lobster and dunk it in vanilla beurre blanc. That sounds amazing!!

  4. The vanilla sauce is very interesting. We make quite a bit of seafood at home, I’ll have to try this flavor idea!

  5. Whoaaaaaa I love this dish! That shrimp…and the sauce…looks so perfect and beautiful!

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