A quick and easy Cajun Butter Shrimp recipe that requires only a few basic ingredients, done in 15 minutes. This straight-forward delicious shrimp made in the most amazing cajun garlic butter sauce recipe will become a staple in your household!
How do you make Cajun Butter Shrimp?
Start by seasoning the shrimp. Add in your old bay, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and ground pepper. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
In a medium-sized skillet over medium high heat add the butter. Add the shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes then add cubed unsalted butter and minced garlic. Let reduce until the butter is melted about 2 minutes.
Salt and pepper the shrimp and add to the sauce. Toss and cook in the sauce until the shrimp is opaque – no longer transparent.
How long do I cook shrimp in the skillet?
Cook the shrimp stirring frequently, until they turn totally pink and opaque. This will usually take 4-5 minutes.
Can these be grilled? Could they be baked?
On the grill, the shrimp will take 1-2 minutes per side. Sometimes it is nice to place them on a skewer to make it easier to flip the shrimp. They can overcook in the time it takes to flip each individual shrimp. For the oven, spread the shrimp our on a baking sheet covered in foil. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and cook for 8-10 minutes until shrimp are opaque.
Serve with Fried Cajun Shrimp
- Tacos: Warm up some corn tortillas and create a quick slaw with shredded cabbage, cilantro, and lemon juice. Pack the tortillas with the shrimp, crunchy slaw, and a few slices of avocado and you have some amazing blackened shrimp tacos.
- Rice Bowls: Since this dish is typically served with rice (since it sops up the delicious Cajun butter), making a rice bowl is another great option. Start with a bowl of brown rice. Then add black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and your blackened shrimp. Squeeze lemon or lime juice over the top and sprinkle on some fresh cilantro.
- Salads: It’s always fun to create restaurant-style salads at home and this shrimp is an excellent way to elevate a standard salad. I like to make a Cobb inspired salad. Start with a big bowl of crispy lettuce. Then add diced tomatoes, red onions, cooked turkey bacon, blue cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and avocado.
- Pasta: A Cajun style blackened shrimp pasta dish is hard to resist with the spicy and creamy sauce studded with tomatoes and bell peppers. Start by cooking the shrimp as the recipe instructs until just opaque and set aside. Then set the shrimp aside. Add then a diced bell pepper and half a diced onion to the same pan and cook for 6-8 minutes until tender. If they begin to stick, add 1-2 tablespoons of water, Turn heat down to low and add a can of diced tomatoes (undrained) and a 1/4 cup of cream cheese. Make some extra blackening seasoning and add that to the mixture. Cook until cream cheese melts and the sauce is formed. Taste and season if needed. Then toss with 8 ounces of pasta.
- Spaghetti Squash Boats: Follow the same recipe as above but make it with spaghetti squash instead. Toss everything with the spaghetti squash and serve in the spaghetti squash halves if desired.
- Lettuce Wraps: If we have leftovers, which almost never happens, I usually make lettuce wraps with corn, black beans, and avocado. Quick, easy, and delicious.
WHAT TO SERVE FOR SURF N TURF:
Cajun Butter Shrimp
- 1 lb shrimp large
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp old bay
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 lemon juice
- Start by seasoning the shrimp. Add in your old bay, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and ground pepper. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
- In a medium-sized skillet over medium high heat add the butter. Add the shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes then add cubed unsalted butter and minced garlic. Let reduce until the butter is melted about 2 minutes.
- Salt and pepper the shrimp and add to the sauce. Toss and cook in the sauce until the shrimp is opaque – no longer transparent.
- Garnish with parsley and enjoy !
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