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This simple and easy-to-make Cajun shrimp recipe is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner when you are pressed for time. A healthy shrimp recipe that can be prepared in less than 15 minutes and ready to serve.

top view of cajun shrimp over a rice of white bowl with a lime wedge for garnish
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Shrimp is one of my favorite proteins to prepare simply because they are perfect for when you don’t have much time on your hands to make a decent meal. They take less than 10 minutes to season and cook. Before you know it you have a meal in just 15 minutes. This easy cajun shrimp recipe will be perfect for those days that you just can’t be bothered. Some may argue that shrimp doesn’t have the best quality of protein but we think of it as chicken of the sea! They are indeed still high in lean protein, low in carbs, and they are low in fat. We think they are perfect! Serve this cajun shrimp over cauliflower rice to keep your meal low carb and keto-friendly.

Want a pasta Version? Check out our Cajun Shrimp Pasta recipe.

Why you will love this shrimp recipe

  • Meal prep friendly: If you meal prep, this easy shrimp recipe should be perfect for you. Make batches of this recipe. It stores well too!
  • Healthy and low in carbs: Shrimp is low in carbs and fat! So this cajun shrimp recipe is a perfectly healthy meal that’s made with clean and healthy ingredients. If you are on the keto diet, this recipe is for you!
  • Easy and delicious: It is really easy to make this cajun shrimp and they are quite tasty too! Enjoy tender and juicy shrimp with each bite.
side shot of cajun shrimp over  bowl of white rice

Ingredients you will need

  • Oil: You may use any neutral tasting oil of choice. We used olive oil.
  • Shrimp: Use raw shrimp. Get already peeled and deveined shrimp to save on time. We do not recommend you use pre-cooked shrimp. You can also use frozen raw shrimp. Just thaw them ahead.
  • Seasonings: Cajun seasoning spice blend is the main seasoning for this recipe. Unless you don’t like cajun, you may use smoked paprika. Consider adding some cayenne pepper for some added heat.
  • Salt and pepper: We sprinkle salt and pepper and adjust to amount to taste. Start with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper.
  • Lime: The lime wedges are used to garnish at the end if you like a hint of lime or lemons over your seafood or meal. This is optional but recommended. A bit of lemon juice can also be added to the shrimp while cooking.
  • Fresh parsley to serve is also optional. You may garnish with fresh cilantro too.
ingredients to make cajun shrimp on a flat gray surface

How to make Cajun shrimp

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Season the shrimp: To a large bowl, add the shrimp, salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning. Toss well to evenly coat.
  • Cook the shrimp: Next, cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and opaque.
  • Serve: Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with lime wedges. Serve over cooked rice, if desired.
seasoned raw shrimp
cooked cajun shrimp in a skillet

frequently asked questions

What spice goes well with shrimp?

One thing we like about preparing shrimp is playing around with the flavor! You can use any seasoning you like to prepare your shrimp. Simple salt and lemon pepper will do. Other seasoning options that pair well with shrimp are onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cajun seasoning, lemons with garlic, or some hot sauce.

Why do shrimp get rubbery?

Overcooked shrimps always tend to get chewy and rubbery. So if your shrimp comes out rubbery then you cooked it too much. Shrimp cooks fast and doesn’t need much time to cook. It only needs about 2-3 minutes per side. As soon as the shrimp curls up and turns pink they are cooked and ready.

Can you cook pre-cooked shrimp?

The quick answer is yes. You can cook pre-cooked shrimp that’s store-bought. They usually come frozen so make sure you thaw them first. We do recommend using raw shrimp since they turn out to be more juicy and tasty. You will be running the risk and rubbery shrimp when you cook cooked shrimp.

How to store sauteed Cajun shrimp?

To store leftover cajun shrimp, place them in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can freeze your cooked cajun shrimp for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge ahead or reheat in the microwave when ready to serve.

top close up view of cooked shrimp over a bowl of white rice

Storing and Reheating

  • Storing: You may store leftover cajun shrimp in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Reheating: Reheat leftovers in the microwave for 40-60 seconds or until it is heated through.

Recipe notes and tips

  • If you prefer making cajun seasoning at home, check out our post on how to make cajun seasoning.
  • Optional side dishes: cooked white rice, cooked quinoa, Couscous, mashed potatoes, cauliflower mash, or cauliflower rice.
  • Want to add in some more veggies? You can add in some sliced bell peppers, green beans, asparagus, or broccoli.
  • You may use large or medium-sized shrimp. We only suggest that you do not use precooked shrimp and use raw shrimp.
  • Do not overcook the shrimp or it will turn out tough and rubbery.
top view bowl of rice topped with cajun shrimp next to a cutting board

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4.89 from 9 votes

Easy Cajun Shrimp Recipe

By: Rena
Servings: 2
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
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Total: 15 minutes
top view of cajun shrimp over a rice of white bowl with a lime wedge for garnish
Simple and easy shrimp recipe made with cajun seasoning, sauteed to perfection, and served over a bowl or rice.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • Lime wedges, to serve
  • For garnish: fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Optional: cooked jasmine rice


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • To a large bowl, add the shrimp, salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning. Toss well to evenly coat.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and opaque.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with lime wedges. Serve over cooked rice, if desired.


  • Serving size: half the amount of the shrimp, about half a pound.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled to serve 4
  • Nutrition facts do not include the rice.
  • Use any oil of choice
  • You may use lemons if you don’t have lime.
  • We prefer that you use raw shrimp instead of pre-cooked
  • Serve over rice, cauliflower rice, or quinoa.


Calories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 32gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 1434mgPotassium: 416mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3856IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 139mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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  1. 5 stars
    Great taste. I used around 1 tablespoon paprika and added a dash garlic powder and 1 tablespoon of lemon and pepper seasoning. Ate it with instant white rice. Great recipe. Definitely will be making it again.

  2. 4 stars
    I doubled the shrimp, not the oil or seasoning. Even with half the Cajun seasoning, it has a kick. Pretty good, though.

  3. Calls for way too much seasoning. Shrimp turned out so incredibly spicy that my husband, who can eat the spiciest foods, couldn’t eat it. My teenager son who loves spicy food had hiccups after just a couple bites. We tried to eat it along with bites of plain jasmine rice and that didn’t help. Definitely need to dial down the amount of Cajun seasoning on this one if you try it.