Best Cajun Shrimp

My cajun shrimp recipe is outrageously flavorful and so easy! I cook the shrimp quickly in a hot skillet, and then swirl in the most delicious garlic cajun butter.

Cajun Shrimp Recipe Video

I’m going out on a limb and calling this the best cajun shrimp recipe, all thanks to our homemade cajun seasoning. Of course, you can use store-bought seasoning in this recipe, but I highly recommend our homemade blend for the best cajun butter sauce coating your shrimp.

This easy shrimp recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prepare thanks to our easy cajun butter. Serve with rice, fill tacos, or even transform this into cajun shrimp pasta (tips are below). And while you have it in the house, we use the same homemade cajun butter to make our cajun corn on the cob!

Cajun Shrimp in a cajun butter sauce

Key Ingredients

  • Shrimp: Use fresh, high-quality jumbo or large shrimp. You can keep the tails on or remove them, whichever you prefer.
  • Cajun Seasoning: You can use store-bought or make your own. It’s a bold blend of spices popular in Creole and Cajun cuisine. Our homemade seasoning contains hot paprika (or cayenne pepper), sweet paprika, chili powder, dried thyme, sugar, and sea salt.
  • Butter: I make cajun butter by stirring the cajun seasoning, garlic, and cilantro into softened butter. I use the same butter for my grilled cajun corn.
  • Garlic: The seasoning is already super flavorful, but I love adding one garlic clove. I finely grate it using a microplane and stir it into the butter.
  • Cilantro: I love the little pop of green from cilantro, but parsley makes an excellent substitute. You can also leave it out entirely.

For this easy cajun shrimp recipe, I cook my shrimp quickly in a hot skillet, and just as they are done, I add a swirl of our cajun butter. The cooking process is fast, making it perfect for busy nights.

a skillet of cajun shrimp

What to Serve with Cajun Shrimp

When it comes to serving the shrimp, you have several delicious options. They pair wonderfully with creamy grits or rice. I especially enjoy them with this cilantro lime rice. You can even transform the sauce in this recipe into a pasta sauce.

For cajun shrimp pasta, after cooking the shrimp, remove them from the skillet and add cooked pasta to the remaining butter sauce. Add a bit of starchy pasta water, then cook the pasta over low heat while stirring until the butter sauce evenly coats the pasta. Then, return the shrimp to the skillet, give it a good toss, and it’s ready to be served!

Cajun Shrimp with Garlic Butter Sauce

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Thanks to our delicious homemade cajun butter, our cajun shrimp recipe has quickly become a family favorite. You can prepare the cajun butter ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for up to five days or freeze it, making this easy recipe even more weeknight-friendly.

Serves 4

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

1 pound (450g) medium-to-large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons room temperature butter

1 clove garlic, finely minced or grated

1 tablespoon cilantro or parsley leaves, minced

1 ½ teaspoons homemade cajun seasoning, see tips


    1Use a paper towel to pat the shrimp dry.

    2Combine the butter, garlic, cilantro (or parsley), and cajun seasoning. Mix well and set aside.

    3Heat olive oil in a wide skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp to the pan, arranging them in a single layer. It’s okay if a few shrimp are stacked on each other. Cook for about 1 minute until the shrimp begins to turn pink.

    4Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cajun butter to the skillet. Stir well to coat the shrimp evenly.

    5Continue cooking and stirring until the shrimp are firm and opaque throughout, which should take 1 to 2 minutes.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Cajun seasoning: For the best results, we recommend using our homemade cajun blend. However, if you prefer to use a store-bought brand, feel free to do so. Just keep in mind that different brands may vary in their salt content, so you might need to adjust the seasoning accordingly to suit your taste preferences.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 164 / Total Fat 8.1g / Saturated Fat 4g / Cholesterol 197.7mg / Sodium 316.4mg / Total Carbohydrate 0.3g / Dietary Fiber 0g / Total Sugars 2.1g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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3 comments… Leave a Review
  • Lorin April 23, 2024, 1:40 am

    This is the second time I’ve made this, so much more flavorful than shrimp scampi! Use the homemade Cajun spice. This is a quick and easy dish.

  • Maria August 8, 2023, 4:38 pm

    For the Cajun Shrimp with Garlic Butter Sauce recipe, was raw shrimp or cooked shrimp used or can either one be used for the recipe? Thank you!

    • Joanne August 8, 2023, 4:57 pm

      Hi Maria, We use raw shrimp, but they cook quickly in the pan with the sauce.


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