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Cajun Shrimp Skillet

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Aug 7, 2020
Cajun Shrimp Skillet
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Cajun Shrimp Skillet – Spice up your dinner with these cajun spiced shrimps. This shrimp skillet recipe makes a great base for a low carb or paleo meal, paired with zucchini noodles, lettuce wraps or a broccoli mash. It is also great for meal prep! Translation: it’s easy for you to get creative! Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the Cajun shrimp skillet

  • 1 pound (450g) large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 knob butter
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, or dried garlic
  • 1 teaspoon crushed chili pepper flakes
  • 1 knob fresh ginger, grated (optional)
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Cajun Shrimp Skillet - Spice up your dinner with these cajun spiced shrimpsPhoto credit: © Eatwell101.com

Cajun Shrimp Skillet - Spice up your dinner with these cajun spiced shrimpsPhoto credit: © Eatwell101.com

Cajun Shrimp Skillet - Spice up your dinner with these cajun spiced shrimpsPhoto credit: © Eatwell101.com

Directions

1. To make the Cajun shrimp recipe: In a large bowl add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Add olive oil and cajun seasoning and toss until coated.

2. In a skillet, add butter and melt over medium heat. Add shrimp to the skillet and sprinkle with garlic, ginger, and chili pepper flakes, to taste. Cook for a few minutes on both sides until pink and cooked through. Add 2 tablespoons water or broth to the pan to deglaze the browned bits and spices to coat the shrimp. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

3. Garnish the shrimp with fresh parsley and more crushed chili pepper flakes if desired. Serve the Cajun shrimp skillet immediately with zucchini noodles, broccoli mash or lettuce wraps. Enjoy!

Tips to Make the Cajun shrimp skillet recipe

This Cajun shrimp recipe is a healthy shrimp dinner that can be on your table in just 20 minutes. These shrimps are incredibly flavorful and quick to make with few simple pantry ingredients! Feel free to double or triple the cajun seasoning mix and save it for later in an airtight container.

What size for the shrimp?

Larger shrimp work better for this recipe, prefer extra-large or jumbo shrimp (16-20). They’re meaty and juicy! For an accurate gauge on size, look at the count number on the or bag. Note that you can buy shrimp already deveined, shelled and cleaned, and you have yourself such an easy recipe to prepare.

How long do I cook the cajun shrimp in the skillet?

  • The trick to cooking perfect shrimp is to heat the pan until it’s hot and steamy. Another important step is not to over-crowd the pan with shrimps. Cook them flat in one layer.
  • Add some olive or vegetable oil to a large pan over medium heat. Once heated, add the shrimp in one layer and cook for 2minutes per side on the pan.
  • Shrimp cook very FAST, so it’s imperative to watch your shrimp to make sure they don’t overcook. Over-cooked shrimp is tough and rubbery.

What sides should I serve with the Cajun shrimp?

  • Serve the Cajun shrimp over rice or brown rice.
  • Serve with veggies: like asparagus, broccoli, potatoes.
  • Serve with pasta: penne, fusilli, rotini or other pasta you like.
  • Or with your favorite green salad!

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