These quick and easy Blackened Shrimp are covered in a bold and delicious blackened seasoning and grill to perfection in 5 minutes! Great for tossing on salads, pastas, tacos, or eating all on their own!
Quick & Easy Blackened Shrimp
Shrimp is a perfect option for a quick and delicious protein to toss on a variety of different pastas, salads, wraps, pretty much anything! We love blending the warm, bold, slightly spicy flavors of on this blackened shrimp with the cool and refreshing flavors found in our grilled shrimp salad with a homemade green goddess dressing. They are perfect for a quick weeknight meal in the warm summer months!
What You Will Need
- blackened seasoning – we love this blackened seasoning that is super easy to throw together!
- shrimp or prawns, deveined & shelled – you can use fresh or frozen, but if you use frozen make sure you fully thaw them before cooking.
What Is Blackening
This is a cooking technique that is often associated with Cajun cuisine and incorporates a variety of bold spices like cayenne pepper, paprika, chipotle pepper, salt, and garlic powder. These spices combine to give fish or meat a nice warm and slightly spicy seasoning.
Best Way To Cook Blackened Shrimp
Once your shrimp are fully thawed and you have coated them in the seasoning we love to place them on skewers and toss them on the grill for a few minutes on each side. If you don’t have a grill or prefer not to grill you could also pan fry them in a skillet or place them in a single layer on a baking sheet in the oven to bake until perfectly pink.
How Should I Serve The Best Blackened Shrimp
Let me count the ways… there are so many great ways to enjoy these amazingly flavorful shrimp for lunch or a healthy dinner. Here are a few suggestions:
- on an Ultimate Grilled Shrimp Salad with a Green Goddess Dressing.
- on top of some Alfredo Pasta with some broccoli.
- toss them in a tortilla to make some blackened shrimp tacos with mango pineapple salsa on top.
- all by themselves with a little dill sauce for dipping and a side of rice.
There are so many great options! Let us know how you like to eat them!
How To Make Blackened Shrimp
First, make sure your shrimp are fully thawed. Then you have the option of removing the tails or leaving them on. We removed them but it is up to you!
Next, mix up your blackened seasoning in a dish.
And toss the seasoning on the shrimp in a mixing bowl until they are fully coated.
Now you can place them one-by-one on some skewers.
Make sure you preheat your grill and then you can place the skewers over direct heat so that the shrimp cooks for about 2 minutes on each side.
Remove and enjoy any way you want!
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Blackened Shrimp – a simple, easy blackened shrimp recipe that can be made on the grill or on the stove top! Perfect for salads!
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper*
- 1/4 teaspoon chipotle pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 lb large/jumbo shrimp, deveined and shelled (ensure thawed if previously frozen)
- Ensure grill grates are clean and preheat grill to medium-high heat (Approx. 400-450 degrees F).
- Pat shrimp dry with a clean paper towel and season generously with Blackened Seasoning (shrimp should be fully coated).
- Taking a metal skewer, pierce the shrimp through the tail and then again through the thickest part and slide all the way to the bottom. Continue until all the shrimp are used.
- Place over direct heat and close lid. Let cook 2 minutes.
- Flip and close lid again. Let cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Shrimp is done cooking when the meat is no longer translucent.
- Remove from grill and let rest 5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy – we love using these in our Grilled Shrimp Salad!
- Leaving tails on: it is totally up to you if you want to leave the tail ends on or not – the recipe will work the same either way.
- Skewers: you can use metal or wooden skewers, but if you are using wooden skewers be sure to soak them for 30 minutes before using to reduce charring.
- Fresh or Frozen Shrimp: flavor will be best when you can buy fresh shrimp the day you plan on cooking them, but frozen will definitely work just fine!
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