Easy Cajun Butter Shrimp Recipe

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The best cajun butter shrimp recipe is bursting with flavor and so easy to make – from fridge to fork in under 15 minutes.

cajun seasoned shrimp in a cocktail glass with a fork in it

This cajun shrimp is delicious and so easy – slightly spicy, slightly smoky, and bursting with flavor!

This recipe is naturally keto and low carb, as well as low calorie. It works in a wide variety of dishes – from salads and wraps to sandwiches, over steaks, and more!

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I get lots of questions on my posts and recipes, so I try to put as much information in them as possible for my readers.

If you’d rather skip over my helpful tips and tricks, you can find the recipe at the bottom of the page, just above the comments.

cajun seasoned shrimp in a cocktail glass

How to Make Shrimp With No Fishy Taste

If you’ve steered clear from cooking shrimp in the past because of a fishy flavor, I have the best tips to help cut down on any fishy taste for delicious fresh shrimp every time you make them!

-Don’t overcook.

Many people are afraid of not cooking shrimp enough – and accidentally overcook in the process.

Shrimp is a light and delicate seafood – and tastes the most fresh when just cooked through – but as shrimp overcooks, a fishy taste develops and the shrimp becomes more gummy and tough to chew.

For the best flavor, cook shrimp to just opaque – bright white and pink- and no longer.

-Never use pre-cooked shrimp.

Shrimp that has been pre-cooked is already at the perfect texture – and cooking it longer will only give a stronger fishy flavor.

-Use fresh shrimp.

Fresh-frozen, or fresh caught – use shrimp that smells clean (shrimp should smell slightly sweet, not fishy, when fresh.) Frozen shrimp is fine (and sometimes more fresh than fresh caught for landlocked places like where I live in northern Colorado) – just let shrimp thaw naturally overnight in a freezer, rinse, peel, and cook!

cajun seasoned shrimp in a cocktail glass

Cajun Seasoning Recipe

Cajun shrimp starts off with a crucial ingredient – cajun seasoning!

If you don’t have a cajun seasoning you love – or would like to make your own – I am providing a recipe for the best cajun seasoning.

This cajun seasoning is great on chicken, fish, shellfish, beef, pork – and even vegetables!

  1. 2 tablespoons garlic powder.
  2. 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning.
  3. 2 tablespoons paprika.
  4. 2 tablespoons salt.
  5. 1 tablespoon black pepper.
  6. 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper.
  7. 1 tablespoon dried thyme.
  8. 1 tablespoon onion powder.
Cajun seasoned shrimp with a fork

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What To Serve With Cajun Butter Shrimp

This cajun butter shrimp is fabulous in fajitas, tacos, salads, and more – but it also goes great with cauliflower rice, creamy alfredo pasta, or on top of a steak, or alongside lobster tails!

cajun seasoned shrimp in a cocktail glass with a fork in it

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The Best Cajun Butter Shrimp

The best cajun butter shrimp recipe is bursting with flavor and so easy to make – from fridge to fork in under 15 minutes.
Course Seafood
Cuisine keto
Keyword butter shrimp, cajun, cajun shrimp, creole shrimp, keto seafood, keto shrimp, one pot, seafood, shrimp
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 181kcal
Author Courtney ODell


  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 3 tbsp buttter
  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined


  • In a small bowl, mix cajun seasoning and funnel all but two tablespoons into a jar for use later.
  • Add shrimp to plastic bag or bowl and toss in 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning.
  • Toss evenly to coat.
  • Melt butter in pan until light and foamy.
  • Add shrimp to pan and cook on medium high until opaque – bright pink and white.
  • Do not over cook shrimp, cook until just no longer grey.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 239mg | Sodium: 4255mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. Taylor says:

    Love the flavors in the seasoning! So so delicious!

  2. Suzy says:

    Love Cajun flavors and shrimp together! Such a tasty meal.

  3. Kristyn says:

    I will need to make some of this & keep on hand! Sounds delicious! It would taste great on so many things! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Valentina says:

    Oh I love this homemade seasoning! I am going to double the portion for future use. So good!

  5. Laura Reese says:

    I love cajun shrimp, can’t wait to make this recipe at home.