Easy Cajun Butter Shrimp Recipe
Apr 10, 2019, Updated Nov 09, 2023
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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.
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.
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!
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 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!
- 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.
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- 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!
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 181Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 239mgSodium 4255mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 4gSugar 1gProtein 28g