Cajun Shrimp

This Cajun shrimp recipe is as quick and easy as it gets. It's spicy and buttery, with a kick of lemon and fresh parsley to round out the flavors. The shrimp get a nice char on one side, then finish cooking in butter so the texture remains tender.

Cajun Shrimp
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • ½ teaspoon hot or sweet paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound raw large shrimp (26-30 count), peeled and deveined (tail-on if desired)

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Stir paprika, pepper, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, thyme, oregano, cayenne and oil together in a large bowl until combined. Add shrimp and toss to completely coat.

  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook until opaque around the edges and almost cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; turn the shrimp over and add the remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Cook until the shrimp are fully cooked and completely opaque, about 1 minute more. Remove from heat and stir in parsley and lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
16g Fat
2g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Protein 16g 32%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Vitamin A 1069IU 21%
Sodium 937mg 41%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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