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5-Minute Cajun Shrimp

Spicy Cajun Shrimp is easy and delicious. Only 5 minutes to cook them and serve them up. Great over pasta, rich or mashed potatoes too.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cajun shrimp
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 183kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled, deveined and uncooked
  • 1 ½ tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • In a large bowl toss the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the shrimp and sear, until it becomes slightly pink, around 1.5-2 minutes per side. DO NOT OVERCOOK.



This recipes is really fast and easy. Great as an appetizer or a main dish. Could be added to pasta, served with rice. 
Cooking Shrimp
  • Shrimp cooks very fast and when overcooked it becomes dried out, loses it's pleasing texture and flavor. 
  • Watch the color of the shrimp. It will begin a translucent gray color and turn opaque white or a pinkish tone. The size shrimp called for in this recipe will not need to cook more than about 1.5 - 2 minutes (at the most) per side.
  • Previously frozen and thawed (uncooked) shrimp can be used.
  • Tips: use a large enough skillet or pan so that the shrimp cooks in a single layer. This will ensure all shrimp is cooking evenly and not overcooking.
  • I use tongs to turn the shrimp. It gives more control and allows monitoring the shrimp individually, turning them each when they show signs of being cooked.
Cajun Seasoning 
Choose a seasoning blend that does not have salt as the first ingredients. Here are some recommendations: 


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 883mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1293IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 3mg