This Blackened Shrimp is mouth-watering, succulent shrimp coated with delicious blackened seasoning that’s bursting with cajun flavor. It’s a quick and delicious meal that comes together in just 15 minutes. This Blackened Shrimp is mouth-watering, succulent shrimp coated with delicious blackened seasoning that’s bursting with cajun flavor. It’s a quick and delicious meal that comes together in just 15 minutes.I have an ongoing love affair with blackened shrimp, and it’s quite easy to see why. A good friend Sam from Louisiana shared a secret to take it to a whole new level: use butter and garlic in the pan instead of oil before adding the shrimp. The flavor is absolutely out-of-this-world amazing!

Along with Teriyaki Shrimp, Shrimp Fajitas, Honey Garlic Shrimp and Shrimp Lo Mein, this blackened shrimp is another delicious but super easy shrimp recipe that can be on your dinner table within 15 minutes. You’ll find yourself making it again and again…Mouthwatering Blackened Shrimp served on rice

How to Make Blackened Seasoning

Blackening or Blackened is a Southern cooking technique used to add flavors to fish, shrimp, chicken and other food. This technique is often used in Cajun cuisine, and invented by chef Paul Prudhomme and described in his cookbook.

Blackened Seasoning is the mixture of spices which creates bold flavor. The most popular spices and herbs used in creating blackened seasoning include paprika, cayenne, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper.

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The mixture keeps well and can be stored for about 6 months. Then you can use it on your favorite fish, shrimp, chicken and beef for a quick and easy blackened Cajun meal.  When cooked, the seasoning mixture sticks to the fish or shrimp and give it a delicious and crusty coating loaded with flavor.This Blackened Shrimp is mouth-watering, succulent shrimp coated with delicious blackened seasoning that’s bursting with cajun flavor. It’s a quick and delicious meal that comes together in just 15 minutes.

How to Make Blackened Shrimp

Step 1: Thaw the Shrimp: You want to thaw the shrimp completely before cooking to avoid a chewy texture or unevenly cooked shrimp.

Step 2: Make Blackened Seasoning: Mix together paprika, cayenne, thyme, oregano, onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper in a mason jar. Shake well (use immediately or store for about 6 months.)

Step 3: Marinate Shrimp with Blackened Seasoning Mix: Combine thawed shrimp with oil and Blacked Seasoning. Mix well. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes for the seasoning to soak in. You can also leave them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours (cover the bowl with wrap).

Step 4: Sauté the Shrimp: Place a non-stick pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add butter and garlic, and cook for about 1 minute.  Then sauté the shrimp for 1-2 minutes per side until shrimp turns pink and starts to curl.

Saute Blackened Shrimp in a skillet

Secrets for Making the Best Blackened Shrimp

  • Marinating shrimp with Blackened seasoning creates much more intense flavor
  • Heat up butter and garlic instead of oil in the pan before you add shrimp
  • Make sure your pan is hot and steamy before you add shrimp. This will give you perfect tender and juicy shrimp.
  • Don’t over-crowd the pan. Cook in batches if needed.
  • Cook shrimp for 1-2 minutes per side until they turn pink and opaque. Overcooked shrimp are tough and rubbery, so definitely try to avoid.
  • Remove shrimp from the pan immediately once cooked, as they’ll keep cooking in the pan even after being removed from the heat.

Make Ahead Tip

Make blackened seasoning and combine it with raw shrimp and oil the night before. The marinade can last up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

How to Serve Blackened Shrimp?

This most common way to serve this Blackened shrimp is on tacos. Heat up flour tacos in skillet or Microwave for about 1 minute. It also goes well with rice, salad, or you can make it into burritos.

Key Ingredients for Making the Best Blackened Shrimp

You need raw shrimp for this recipe. I recommend buying frozen raw shrimp at your local supermarket and thaw them before cooking. I used large size shrimp (21-25 count per pound) that come peeled and deveined.

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15 Minute Easy Blackened Shrimp

Blackened Shrimp – mouth-watering tender and juicy shrimp coated with delicious blackened seasoning, full of amazing flavor. A quick and delicious meal that comes together in just 15 minutes. 

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 184 kcal
Author TipBuzz

Ingredients

Blackened Seasoning

  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp ground thyme
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

Shrimp

  • 1 pound raw jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined, thawed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 pieces flour tortillas 8-inch size, optional

Instructions

  1. Take the shrimp from freezer and thaw it overnight or use running water to thaw it quickly.
  2. Mix together paprika, cayenne, thyme, oregano, onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper in a bowl.

  3. Combine thawed shrimp with 1 tbsp oil and blackened seasoning. Mix well. Let sit for 5-10 minutes for the seasoning to soak in.

  4. Place a non-stick pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add butter and garlic and cook for about 1 minute.

  5. Then add the seasoned shrimp and sauté for 1-2 minutes each side until shrimp turn pink and start to curl. Don’t overcrowd the pan, and you can cook in batches if needed.

  6. Remove shrimp from heat. Serve on hot tortillas if desired and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

You can also leave the shrimp and seasoning in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours in a bowl covered with plastic wrap.

Nutrition Facts
15 Minute Easy Blackened Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 293mg 98%
Sodium 1212mg 51%
Potassium 116mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 14%
Vitamin C 6.2%
Calcium 17%
Iron 17.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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