These Blackened Shrimp start with my amazing Cajun Seasoning and turn into the most perfect appetizer, dinner, or taco filling!
I have an amazing Cajun Seasoning recipe that I am a little obsessed with. There is something about the combination of flavors in it that my husband and I just love.
I have used it in many different recipes – this Cajun Chicken Creamy Pasta is our favorite – and I am so excited to have found another recipe it is perfect for.
Blackened Shrimp is a fast and easy recipe that works as an appetizer or for dinner topping rice or in tacos.
What Does it Mean to Blacken
Blacken refers to a cooking technique, usually used with fish, that involves dipping the fish in melted butter and then dredging it in spices before cooking it over high heat.
The high heat blackens the seasoning on the fish. It creates a delicious and perfect flavor you are going to love.
What is in Cajun Seasoning
I have a whole post that goes through Cajun Seasoning and why I love making seasonings from scratch, but here are the basics:
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Black Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
- Red Pepper Flakes
I love that I typically always have these seasonings on hand. When combined they make such a great seasoning that I use in so many different recipes. Find the full measurements in the recipe card below.
Most of the shrimp that I buy is frozen. I wish I lived somewhere where fresh shrimp was inexpensive, but that is not my life. Frozen shrimp is great to keep on hand so you can make this recipe all the time.
Thaw shrimp in the refrigerator overnight. Otherwise, you can run the shrimp under cold water until thawed. Please note that it is always best to follow the instructions on the shrimp package for how to thaw.
It is important in this recipe that you pay attention to how the shrimp is cooking. There is nothing worse than overcooked shrimp.
Follow these tips:
- Use a heavy bottomed skillet over high heat.
- Cook the shrimp in a single layer.
- Only cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Watch for it to start to curl in on itself.
- You will know the shrimp is fully cooked by it’s pink color.
How to Eat Blackened Shrimp
This recipe is perfectly delicious eaten straight like an appetizer. You could also eat it over rice.
Another option is to serve this in tacos with shredded cabbage like with my Shrimp Tacos. I think they would also be delicious with my Pineapple Salsa on top.
- Heavy Bottomed Skillet: I think a cast iron skillet works best in this recipe.
- Measuring Spoons: Perfect for measuring spices in this recipe.
- Tongs: These are great for flipping the shrimp half way through.
- 1 pound shirmp deviened and peeled
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- dash of cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- Whisk together all of the spices.
- Combine the spices, shrimp, and melted butter togehter in a bowl.
- Place a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Working in batches so the shrimp is in a single layer, cook the shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until pink, cooked through and blackened.
Karen Renee Hester says
I’m so glad to see your recipe for Cajun seasoning, and shrimp is one of my favorite things in the world. As a transplanted Southerner to the Inland Pacific Northwest for8+ years, it warms my heart to find recipes to replace the ones I’ve unfortunately lost. Thank you so much for this one. I look forward to more of yours!
Lisa Longley says
You’ll have to let me know what you think, Karen!
Judith Fulton says
I’m trying this tonight!
Lisa Longley says
I hope you like it, Judith!
Flavors were great. Next time I will cut back on the salt portion – a little too salty for me.
Lisa Longley says
Thanks for coming back to let me know what you think, Lucy!