Longhorn Steakhouse Wild West Shrimp Copycat Recipe

Whenever I eat at Longhorn Steakhouse, I encourage my dining partners to order my favorite appetizer, Wild West Shrimp. If I can’t talk them into splitting an appetizer, I order the Wild West Shrimp as my entree. I add a house salad and I’m good to go. Don’t dare ask me to share.

Wild West Shrimp

Yes, the portion is huge and I won’t even pretend that I can’t eat the whole thing. I can. There’s just something about cherry peppers sauteed in butter, combined with lightly fried shrimp with a touch of prairie dust, that causes my taste buds to go wild. Of course, I can’t leave out dunking the Wild West Shrimp into the ranch dressing. Ranch makes everything better.

When I can’t make it to the nearest Longhorn Steakhouse, I make Wild West Shrimp at home. Trial and error is the only way to go and I finally hit on the perfect recipe. Does it taste exactly like the Wild West Shrimp at Longhorn Steakhouse? Probably not, but it’s mighty close. That’s good enough for me.

Longhorn Steakhouse Wild West Shrimp

The breading on the shrimp is very light, so I decided to go with dredging the shrimp in self-rising flour, no eggs, no heavy batter. Salt, pepper, and flour work perfectly.

Wild West Shrimp

After frying the shrimp for 3-5 minutes, let drain on paper towels. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a skillet. Add 1/2 cup cherry peppers sprinkled with Prairie Dust (recipe follows).

Wild West Shrimp

Helpful Hint:  I use Mezzetta Sweet Cherry Peppers in the jar. After slicing the peppers, rinse them off to remove the seeds.

Pour butter and peppers over the shrimp and serve with ranch dressing.

Longhorn Wild West Shrimp

Longhorn Steakhouse Wild West Shrimp Copycat Recipe

Longhorn Steakhouse Wild West Shrimp Copycat Recipe


  • Oil for frying (I use peanut oil)
  • 12 oz. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup cherry peppers (I use the ones in a jar)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Longhorn Prairie Dust (recipe follows)
  • Ranch dressing


  1. Heat 1" oil on medium high heat. In a medium bowl add a dash of salt and pepper to the cup of flour. Dredge shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Transfer to serving dish.
  2. In another skillet, melt butter on medium high heat. Add lemon juice and peppers and sauté for 5 minutes. Sprinkle mixture with Prairie Dust and pour all over shrimp.
  3. Serve with ranch dressing.
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Longhorn Wild West Shrimp

Prairie Dust is a delicious seasoning that can also be used to season pork chops, steaks or seafood.

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Longhorn Steakhouse Prairie Dust
  • ½ cup paprika
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ground mustard
  • ½ cup chili powder
  • ¼ cup ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons black pepper
  • ¼ cup granulated garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons cayenne pepper
  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in a covered container.

Have you ever tried Longhorn Steakhouse Wild West Shrimp? If not, you need to make this ASAP.

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  1. robin masshole mommy says:

    No way! This is one of my favorite meals at Longhorn, so I will definitely be trying this! I am totally looking forward to making this.

  2. I’ve never tried this dish, we don’t have a Longhorn here any more. It sounds nice and simple to make, and like it’s very flavorful.
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  3. Fi Ni Neachtain says:

    Oh this looks so delicious! I bet the coating is just yummy on these – Prairie Dust is such a lovely name for it 🙂

  4. These look delicious and so much easier to make then I would have thought. I also liked the look of the Lobster Tacos too that were listed…YUM!!
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  5. I have never had this at Longhorn but it looks so good! I love shrimp, so I’m going to have to try this recipe!
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  6. We have never had this shrimp dish at the Longhorn Steak House before it looks delicious. Easy enough to make at home but we would probably just enjoy eating the shrimp with out the added ranch dressing.
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  7. I am going to do just like you did – order the wild west shrimp and make it into you entree. Those shrimps look so crunchy and delicious! I will include this in our menu plan for next week.

  8. I have never had this at Longhorn. I always order the steak. Your recipe looks scrumptious and it looks like we both have shrimp on our minds right now! I feel a little bit like Bubba Gump when it comes to shrimp, I like it no matter how it is cooked!
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  9. Yum! This shrimp recipe looks great, definitely something I would try.

  10. The wild west shrimp looks really delicious and full of taste. I love shrimps and these can really be a great meal.
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  11. This looks super delish! I never heard of those sweet peppers and will have to look for them. They look easier to cook!
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  12. This has made my lips very wet for this and looks very yummy, so I need this in my tummy. Love fish, love shrimp, not sure if I can muster the peppers mind you. Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  13. This looks delicious, I’ve not had Longhorn Steakhouse shrimp but I’m a shrimp lover. This is really simple, adding shrimp to my grocery list.
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  14. The Wild West Shrimp is my go-to appetizer at Longhorn Steakhouse (it’s so good)! I’ve never thought to try and make it at home. I can’t wait to try this recipe out.
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  15. My husband is a shrimp-a-holic. We don’t have a Longhorn Steakhouse nearby, so we’ve never even been to try this. He would just devour it though. I must make this soon.
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  16. This looks absolutely delicious! I bet my husband would love it! We haven’t had the chance to eat at a Longhorn Steakhouse, but if they have food like this, sign me up!
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  17. This is calling my name. I have never eaten at a Longhorn Steakhouse, but looking at this copycat recipe, I think I would like to. Or just stay at home and make these. That’s even better.

  18. michele d says:

    This dish looks so good! I’ve never tried it at Longhorn before so it’s a must for me to try at home.

  19. I made this recipe and it tasted very similar to the real deal!!! I turned my dish into shrimp and grits. So I put it with the butter and peppers all that on top of grits and it was amazing!

  20. I’d like to find out more? I’d care to find out some additional information.
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