Cajun Shrimp – Crunchy Creamy Sweet


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This Cajun Shrimp dish is one of the easiest seafood dinners you can make in minutes! Juicy shrimp, seasoned with my homemade Cajun seasoning and sauteed in butter and brown sugar make this one tasty dish.

I always have my homemade Cajun seasoning on hand to make this shrimp dinner and my tasty Dirty Rice dish.

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If you made my Cajun seasoning, the first dish I recommend using it with is this Cajun Shrimp. It’s very quick and very tasty! Perfect when you need dinner fast but want something delicious. I added brown sugar to balance out the spicy shrimp and along with butter and garlic, it creates a wonderful sauce. Serve it with rice or pasta and a side of veggies (roasted or grilled). This dish is bound to be a hit!

Ingredients:

  • medium or large shrimp: peeled with tails on, deveined
  • olive oil and butter: my favorite combo for sauteing
  • garlic: fresh, minced
  • brown sugar: adds sweetness and balances the spiciness; I prefer the dark brown sugar for this dish
  • Cajun seasoning: I use my homemade mix

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How to make Cajun Shrimp?

  • Start by removing the shell and the vein. You can leave the tails on, but make sure the entire vein is removed.
  • Sprinkle cajun seasoning over shrimp and toss to coat.
  • Melt butter with oil in a skillet.
  • Add garlic and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, until fragrant and golden.

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  • Add shrimp to pan along with brown sugar.
  • Cook on both sides until pink, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat so the shrimp does not overcook.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.

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What to serve with Cajun Shrimp?

My favorite side to serve with Cajun shrimp is white rice and roasted veggies. During summer, grilled vegetables are perfect. You can also turn this into a pasta dish, by adding penne or bow tie pasta and bell peppers, onions, etc.

Storing leftovers:

Seafood dishes are best served on the same days, as they tend to overcook during reheating. I recommend making it the same day you plan to serve it.

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Cajun Shrimp

This Cajun Shrimp dish is one of the easiest seafood dinners you can make in minutes! Juicy shrimp, seasoned with my homemade Cajun seasoning and sauteed in butter and brown sugar make this one tasty dish.

Course: Main Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: cajun shrimp

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 175 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb medium or large shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning

Instructions

  1. Clean the shrimp by removing the shell and the vein.

  2. Sprinkle cajun seasoning over shrimp and toss to coat.

  3. Melt butter with oil in a skillet.

  4. Add garlic and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, until fragrant and golden.

  5. Add shrimp to pan along with brown sugar. Stri to melt sugar in butter.

  6. Cook shrimp on both sides until pink, about 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. Remove from heat so the shrimp does not overcook.

  8. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • If you don’t have cajun seasoning, you can easily make my homemade version with simple spices: https://www.crunchycreamysweet.com/cajun-seasoning/
  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.

Nutrition Facts

Cajun Shrimp

Amount Per Serving

Calories 175 Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Fat 7g11%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Trans Fat 1g

Cholesterol 293mg98%

Sodium 884mg38%

Potassium 141mg4%

Carbohydrates 4g1%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 24g48%

Vitamin A 950IU19%

Vitamin C 5mg6%

Calcium 175mg18%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.





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