Decadent Goodness! Saucy Shrimp Cajun is a Family Favorite
Cajun shrimp is a dish that has its origins in the south-eastern part of Louisiana. The recipe for Cajun Shrimp was developed by French settlers who moved to Louisiana from Canada and mixed their French cooking techniques with the local ingredients.
Cajun shrimp is usually served as an appetizer or side dish, but it can also be used as a main dish when served alongside rice or a salad.
What is Cajun Shrimp
Cajun shrimp are usually prepared in a spicy tomato sauce. The ingredients for this sauce consist of tomatoes, onions, and celery. The shrimp can be cooked in the sauce or added afterward for extra flavor.
You can use Cajun shrimp in a variety of ways: on pizza or in sandwiches; tossed with pasta; as the main ingredient of an appetizer platter; mixed with vegetables to make shrimp salad; mixed with other seafood like scallops and crabmeat to create an entree salad that might include lettuce leaves and cucumbers (with dressing) or just as an open-faced sandwich using baguette slices/crackers as a base.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika and oregano; stir well to combine. Cook for 3 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble; remove from heat. Serve your sauce over cooked shrimp or vegetables (like broccoli).
Cook the shrimp in batches, if necessary. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, stirring once halfway through cooking time. Remove from oven and serve immediately with your favorite sides!
- Use the right amount of spices. Too much spice will ruin the dish, but too little will make it weak and boring. The exact amount is up to you and how spicy you like your food, but don’t overdo it!
- Don’t overcook the shrimp. If they’re cooked too long, they’ll become rubbery and chewy instead of tender and moist. Cook them just enough so that they turn pink on both sides (about 3-4 minutes). I recommend using a thermometer to check their temperature; it should read between 145 degrees F and 160 degrees F when tested in several places with an instant-read thermometer. For best results, start checking at 2 1/2 minutes; if by 4 minutes they’re still not done yet then turn off heat for about 30 seconds before continuing cooking until done as suggested above (you can also add another teaspoon or two of water). You’ll know when shrimp are fully cooked because their shells will have turned white 🙂
- Don’t overcook rice either! It’s easy to burn rice if left unattended for too long in boiling liquid so keep an eye on your pot while stirring occasionally – this should take no longer than 15 minutes total including prep time 🙂 You’ll know when it’s ready because each grain will be soft with no hard centers left behind after straining through colander later on.
- Roux is the base of Cajun food. It’s a thickener, and it also adds flavor.
This recipe is one of the easiest and most versatile there is, and it provides a great base for you to get creative. Here are some ideas:
- Add more vegetables! We love all kinds of veggies, and you should, too. Potatoes, sweet potatoes (or even taro), carrots, broccoli…the list goes on!
- Spice it up! You can add extra cajun seasoning or other spices to make this dish melt your face off in the best possible way.
- Make it vegetarian-friendly! Swap out shrimp for tofu or tempeh—and don’t forget about eggs! They’re delicious here too.
- Add more protein! Try making a vegetarian version with black beans instead of shrimp or chicken breast instead of ground beef…or just add some additional protein like bacon crumbles or sausage patties if they sound good to you (they do). The world truly is your oyster at this point; go wild with whatever sounds good to you today—we’re making room!
Makes 4 servings
Each serving has:
- 310 calories
- 14g of fat (2.5g sat fat)
- 48g net carbs
We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did when developing it… but don’t stop here! Experiment with different types of seafood such as cod, prawn, crab, haddock, or try adding your favorite veggies such as peas or spinach into the sauce itself. You might also want to consider swapping out the mozzarella cheese with something else like cream cheese or feta so there’s more flavor options available too!
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