This blackened shrimp recipe will light up your tastebuds and make you excited for dinner. It's an easy Cajun recipe that you'll love.
Why you'll love it
I love to cook easy shrimp recipes. Not only does shrimp cook quickly, but there are so many different ways you can flavor them. In fact, at the bottom of this post, I'll share my favorite easy shrimp recipes.
Whether you are already a huge fan of Cajun blackened shrimp or have never tasted it, this is the perfect recipe!
It's easy enough for beginners and tasty enough for fans of this classic dish.
I personally think that a large cast-iron skillet is the best way to cook shrimp, but I'm also a fan of grilling shrimp too.
If you enjoy spicy shrimp, then it's really easy to dial up the heat on this recipe too. I'll share all my favorite cooking tips for the best blackened shrimp so that your meal turns out perfectly the first time.
You are going to love how pan-searing seasoned shrimp turns out!
There are just a few ingredients in this blackened shrimp recipe - the shrimp and the spices. You might already have all of the spices in your kitchen cabinet.
Here's what I used to make my shrimp with blackening seasoning.
Obviously, you need shrimp! Use either fresh shrimp or a bag of frozen shrimp. No matter which kind you use, just make sure you use peeled and deveined shrimp. It will save you a lot of time.
Either salted or unsalted butter will work perfectly. You'll use a combination of butter and oil to fry the shrimp.
This has the best flavor, but you could also just use avocado oil instead.
Spices and seasonings
My favorite seasoning blend for shrimp includes:
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
- Onion Powder
- Ground Thyme
- Dried Basil
- Salt and Pepper
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Use a cast iron skillet. Since the shrimp has a tendency to stick, use a cast iron or non-stick skillet with it.
- Pre-mix the blackened seasoning before you begin. This will save you a lot of time when you cook.
- Grill the shrimp. Place the shrimp on skewers and grill them to get that charred look and taste.
Here's how to make the best blackened shrimp you have ever tasted! You might be surprised at just how simple this recipe actually is.
Place shrimp in a mixing bowl
Use a large enough bowl that you will be able to mix the shrimp without them falling over the top or sides of the bowl.
Season the shrimp
Add all of the spices to the shrimp. Toss to coat and make sure every piece of shrimp has plenty of spices on them.
Pan-fry the shrimp
Add the butter and olive oil to the frying pan. Then, cook the seasoned shrimp over medium-high heat.
Saute the shrimp for about 10 minutes. When the shrimp are completely cooked, remove them from the heat. Enjoy!
️ Serving suggestions
There are so many ways to enjoy this blackened shrimp. I like to just use a fork and eat it as soon as it is cooked. The aromas are so tantalizing that I can't wait!
If you want to eat this for dinner tonight, here are some ideas of things you can serve with blackened shrimp.
Make a plate of your favorite cauliflower rice. It's a simple side dish that is mild enough to pair really well with spicy foods.
Or use this recipe to make some tasty shrimp tacos. Just add the shrimp to your favorite keto taco shells and top with some shredded lettuce.
You can also enjoy them for lunch on top of lettuce wraps, with your favorite broccoli salad on the side!
There are quite a few different ways you can make this delicious blackened shrimp. If you make any changes to my recipe, please let me know in the comments. I'd love to hear what you did!
- Top this easy blackened shrimp recipe with either fresh cilantro or parsley. It will brighten the flavors in the best way.
- Or, spritz the shrimp with some lime juice to cut down on the bold flavors. This is a fun trick to use if you have kids that don't like spicy foods.
- Sprinkle some brown sugar substitute to add a touch of sweetness to the shrimp.
- You can also use Cajun seasoning instead of homemade blackened seasoning. It might save you some time measuring out all the spices.
Here are some questions people often ask about making blackened shrimp. If you don't see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.
This is a pretty hot recipe, but if you really want to bring more heat, add more paprika and cayenne pepper.
Yes, they are the same thing. Blackened shrimp is basically shrimp that is coated in Cajun seasoning and then pan-seared.
You should use jumbo shrimp to make this recipe. It will have the best texture and give you bigger bites.
As long as you avoid the common high-carb foods (rice, potatoes, corn, and flour), then most types of Cajun cuisine can be very keto-friendly.
If you enjoyed this blackened shrimp recipe, here are some more shrimp recipes and keto seafood recipes. They are some of my favorites!
- Shrimp Fajitas are a simple sheet pan recipe that only has 2 grams net carbs in each serving.
- Keto Bang Bang Shrimp will elevate your lunch or dinner with a crispy and spicy seafood dish.
- Gumbo With Shrimp And Sausage brings a keto-friendly taste of the deep south to your kitchen table.
- Coconut Shrimp is delightfully gluten-free and one of the best keto appetizers you can make.
- Keto Shrimp Boil is a recipe that will feed a crowd and tastes like a party in your mouth.
- 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined with tails on or off
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon ground thyme
- ⅓ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- cayenne pepper to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add the shrimp to a large mixing bowl.
- Sprinkle the seasonings over the shrimp, and toss to combine well.
- Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium high heat on the stove.
- Sauté the shrimp for 6-10 minutes until cooked through.
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