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Cajun Shrimp are the perfect protein option when preparing a simple, satisfying low carb, keto-friendly, gluten free meal. Full of flavor and perfectly spiced, this delicious dish takes only 5 minutes to make.
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Table of Contents
  1. Easy 5 Minute Cajun Shrimp Dinner
  2. Why We Love This Garlic Cajun Shrimp Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Cajun Shrimp
  7. Tip From Our Recipe Developer
  8. Storage
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Dinner Recipes
  11. Cajun Shrimp Recipe

Cajun Shrimp dishes sound rather fancy, but they are actually really fast and easy to make in 5 minutes!

With a little bit of heat and a whole lot of flavor (as spicy as you want), this simple, yet satisfying recipe requires only 5 ingredients.

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Easy 5 Minute Cajun Shrimp Dinner

Our Cajun Shrimp recipe is so quick and easy to make simply by sautéing extra large shrimp with garlic in butter and olive oil, coating it with seasoning, and cooking them until pink in color.

I love how the spices stick to the tender, juicy shrimp and give them a crusty outside with just the right kick.

Cajun shrimp recipes are prepared with my favorite form of protein, not only because they cook quickly when you’re pressed for time to get a delicious dinner on the table, but also because they are gluten-free, low in carbs, low in fat, and low in calories.

Cajun-style shrimp makes the perfect base for a paleo or keto-friendly dish; when paired with my zucchini noodles, cauliflower breadsticks, or broccoli slaw, you’ve made a healthy, flavorful meal in minutes.

Why We Love This Garlic Cajun Shrimp Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in 5 minutes.
  • Only uses 5 simple ingredients.
  • Packed with lean protein and a big nutritional punch.
  • Great lunch or dinner option that cooks on your stove-top in a single skillet when you lack the time to prepare a healthy meal.
  • Cajun shrimps are full of flavor and can be customized with extra spice to make the whole family happy.

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Ingredients

  • Frozen jumbo peeled, deveined shrimp
  • Salted sweet cream butter
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Minced garlic
  • Creole seasoning: I used Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning but feel free to use your favorite brand or make your own homemade cajun seasoning.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Serving Suggestions: Serve the shrimp on a bed of grits, fried rice, rice pilaf, plain long-grain white rice, brown rice, quinoa, or another whole grain. You can prepare cajun shrimp pasta with penne, fusilli, rotini or another shape you prefer. Or serve it with a side of steamed veggies, a potato, or salad.
  • Revise Your Recipes: It’s always fun to revise your recipes with ingredients that make them taste like new meals. Use this cajun shrimp to bulk up a burrito bowl, tuck in a sheet pan taco, or serve over a summer corn salad.
  • Add Some Spice: For an even spicier kick, you can add 2 teaspoons of hot sauce or Worcestershire sauce with the creole seasoning.
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  • 12 inch skillet
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How to Make Cajun Shrimp

  1. Prepare The Protein: Remove the tails from the shrimp and pat them dry.
  2. Cook: Heat the butter and olive oil until the butter is melted. Add the shrimp and garlic and cook until the shrimp is a dark pink color. Sprinkle the seasoning over the cooked shrimp and stir to coat.
  3. Serve: Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Tip From Our Recipe Developer

  • You can thaw the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator or in an extra large bowl in cold water.
  • To save time, buy already peeled and deveined shrimp. I do not recommend using pre-cooked shrimp.
  • Don’t over-crowd the skillet with the shrimp; cook them flat in a single layer.
  • Don’t overcook your shrimp (they cook fast). Over-cooked shrimp is tough and rubbery.

Storage

  • To Store: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • To Freeze: Store your shrimp in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To Reheat: Reheat the shrimp over low heat on the stove or in the microwave until warm.
Cajun Shrimp in a bowl

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know when my shrimp is done cooking?

The color of your shrimp will be the best indicator to determine if the shrimp is done cooking. Raw shrimp starts out with a translucent gray color. As it cooks, it begins to turn white with some pink and red accents and is done when it is dark pink in color. You will also know it is done cooking when the shrimp starts to curl up into a c-shape.

Can I freeze cajun shrimp?

Yes, you can freeze your shrimp. Allow the shrimp to cool to room temperature and then place it in an airtight container. You can store shrimp in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Can I make my own homemade cajun seasoning?

Yes, you can absolutely make your own homemade seasoning with a simple mixture of smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and oregano. Making your own seasoning is so much cheaper than buying the premade ones at the store. You can double or triple your cajun seasoning mix and save it for later in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Why is my shrimp rubbery?

If your shrimp are chewy or rubbery, you most likely overcooked them. Shrimp cook fast! As soon as they turn pink and begin to curl, they are done cooking.

Cajun Shrimp in a large plate over rice

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5 from 2 votes
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Cajun Shrimp

Serves — 25
Cajun Shrimp are the perfect protein option when preparing a simple, satisfying low carb, keto-friendly, gluten free meal. Full of flavor and perfectly spiced, this delicious dish takes only 5 minutes to make.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb (21-25) frozen jumbo shrimp peeled, deveined (thawed)
  • 3 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons creole seasoning I used Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning

Instructions
 

  • If the thawed shrimp still has the tails attached, cut the tails off.
  • Use paper towels to pat dry the thawed shrimp.
  • Add the butter and olive oil to a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat. Stir occasionally until the butter is completely melted.
  • Add the shrimp and minced garlic. Stir occasionally until the shrimp is a dark pink color and cooked through.
  • Sprinkle the creole seasoning over the cooked shrimp, stir until completely coated. Serve immediately.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • To Freeze: Store your shrimp in a freezer safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To Reheat: Reheat the shrimp over low heat on the stove or in the microwave until warm.
Tips:
  • You can thaw the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator or in an extra large bowl in cold water.
  • To save on time, buy already peeled and deveined shrimp. I do not recommend using pre-cooked shrimp.
  • Don’t over-crowd the skillet with the shrimp; cook them flat in a single layer.
  • Don’t overcook your shrimp (they cook fast). Over-cooked shrimp is tough and rubbery.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.05g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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