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Blackened Shrimp

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Shrimp
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


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)


  1. Ensure grill grates are clean and preheat grill to medium-high heat (Approx. 400-450 degrees F). 
  2. Pat shrimp dry with a clean paper towel and season generously with Blackened Seasoning (shrimp should be fully coated).
  3. 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. 
  4. Place over direct heat and close lid. Let cook 2 minutes.
  5. Flip and close lid again. Let cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Shrimp is done cooking when the meat is no longer translucent. 
  6. Remove from grill and let rest 5 minutes. 
  7. 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!