Black Magic Shrimp

Chef Joe Garcia shares his recipe for Black Magic Shrimp made with Heretic Brewing Company's Evil Cousin Imperial IPA.


    • Black Magic Shrimp
    • 2 Tbs. olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • ½ Lb. 16/20 shrimp peeled and deveined
    • 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
    • 3 teaspoons Chef Joes “Black Magic” or some sort of blackening spice
    • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
    • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
    • ½ cup Evil Cousin Imperial IPA
    • 1/2 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed
    • French bread as accompaniment

Serving Advice:

Hot cast Iron & cold beer!


  1. In a large skillet combine olive oil, fresh garlic, and shrimp. Cook over moderately high heat until shrimp turn pink, about 1 minute on each side.
  2. Add black peppers and Creole seasoning.
  3. Deglaze with Evil Cousin Imperial IPA, Worcestershire and lemon juice.
  4. Reduce by half, and reduce heat to moderate and stir in butter, a few cubes at a time, stirring constantly and adding more only when butter is melted.
  5. Remove skillet from heat. Place shrimp in a bowl and pour sauce over top or serve in a smoking hot cast iron pan with French bread for dipping.
  6. Note: If using a smoking cast iron, undercook the shrimp by 1-2 minutes so that they don’t turn into little rubber balls!

Joe GarciaJoe Garcia is currently working on opening Sunol Ridge in Walnut Creek, Calif., with Cicerone® Chad Moshier. He is an accomplished butcher and in his spare time develops his own blends of spice rubs and sauces which he features on his own kitchen and the restaurant. Joe supports local companies, farmers and participates in local fund raisers whenever he can. He and his wife Kris live in her hometown of Pleasanton, Calif., with their two sons Benjamin and Roman.