Cajun Shrimp Recipe

Yields: 2-3 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5-6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp: Peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3-4 cloves garlic: Minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (adjust to your spice preference)
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (for extra heat)
  • 1/2 lemon: Juiced
  • Fresh parsley (or cilantro): Chopped, for garnish

Utensils

  • Large skillet
  • Mixing bowl

Instructions

Simple & Saucy Cajun Shrimp

Prep the shrimp: Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels, then toss in a bowl with Cajun seasoning (and cayenne, if you like).

Get cooking: Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted and foamy, carefully add the shrimp. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and cooked through.

Garlic & Lemon Zest: Add the minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Squeeze in the lemon juice for some tanginess.

Serve it up: Remove from heat and garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro. Serve immediately over rice, pasta, or with crusty bread to soak up the sauce.

Creamy Cajun Shrimp (Optional):

Follow steps 1-2 above.

Make it creamy: After the garlic, stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream and reduce heat to low. Simmer gently for 2-3 minutes, until sauce thickens slightly.

Finish it: Add the lemon juice, then toss in the cooked shrimp just to warm through.

Extra richness (optional): Stir in 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Serve as mentioned above.

Important Things

Shrimp size: Larger shrimp are ideal, but adjust cooking time accordingly to avoid overcooking.

Spice it up: Use more Cajun seasoning or cayenne pepper for extra kick.

Make it yours: Add in some diced bell peppers or other veggies along with the shrimp for heartier dish.

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