Cajun Shrimp is a one-pot wonder that is perfect in tacos or threaded onto skewers and grilled. To make this spicy shrimp, toss in a homemade cajun sauce and cook until juicy but firm. 

The secret is in the seasonings so don’t be afraid to ‘adjust the heat’ by adding more or less cayenne pepper! Then serve over a bed of cauliflower fried rice, or on top of a caesar salad.

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Cajun Shrimp

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Defrosting Shrimp Quickly

Since shrimp are so delicate, they will defrost quicker than other meats.

  • Place shrimp, peeled or unpeeled, in a bowl.
  • Run lukewarm water over them until they are thawed.

Another quick method is the microwave. Be sure to defrost a couple of minutes at a time, because they may actually start to cook!

How to Make Cajun Shrimp

Who doesn’t love the flavors of the Deep South? Cajun is a flavor profile that is a little savory, a little spicy, and always a crowd-pleaser!

  1. Combine seasonings and toss with shrimp.
  2. Sauté in a skillet until cooked.

Keep your eye on them because they cook very quickly! You want them to be evenly coated with the seasonings and opaque and firm.

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What to Serve With It

Cajun shrimp goes great in a taco! Serve on top of red beans and cauliflower rice, Louisiana-style! Or make a cajun fried shrimp salad with a creamy dressing and some lemon wedges!

Spear each Cajun shrimp with a toothpick and serve them as an appetizer with a creamy avocado dipping sauce!

This recipe is so versatile, you’ll find more and more ways to serve them!

Reheating Shrimp Without Overcooking

Nothing is worse than chewy, rubbery shrimp!

  • The best way to reheat them is to wrap them loosely in foil and bake about 15 minutes at 300°F.
  • You can also toss briefly in a skillet with a little oil (or bacon grease for more flavor!) over medium heat. Just enough to get them reheated, but not overcooked.

It is best not to reheat in the microwave because they’ll get overcooked for sure!

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Easy Cajun Shrimp Recipe

Quick & easy dish with a spicy kick!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly


  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper add more if you like more heat
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional


  • Combine all spices in a bowl and toss with shrimp.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan.
  • Add shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes per side or until cooked pink. Do not overcook.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 2628mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1095IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 3.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    When thawing frozen shrimp, run it under cold faucet water . . . not lukewarm. It will still thaw fast and falls into the rules of food safety temps. Only reason I know this is because I am a retired fish monger.