Cajun Shrimp Scampi


Creole Inspired Recipes, Recipes by Gina / Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Cajun Shrimp Scampi, succulent shrimp, butter, spices, and parmesan cheese – baked to perfection. This is one of my all-time favorites.  And I do mean all time!  The first time I ever had Scampi, I fell madly and truly in love.  I made this version after our trip to New Orleans.  Talk about fabulous food, I could live in the French Quarter and never leave.  I absolutely adore Creole and Cajun flavors, so I decided to jazz this up just a bit.  Fresh shrimp is the way to go, but that’s not always possible.  Even if you live on the coast, the shrimping season is only going to last for a certain period of time.  I now live in a landlocked state and have learned to adapt.  Frozen shrimp is way, way better than the alternative of no shrimp.  Try to find fairly decent sized ones – preferably large ones. And if at all possible – caught in the USA.   I prefer a quick bake instead of sautéing to allow the shrimp to soak up a bit more flavor.  But – heat up the skillet if you prefer – just don’t overcook them.  Serve as an appetizer, side dish or over noodles for the main course.  Enjoy!

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Cajun Shrimp Scampi

Delectable Spicy Shrimp, baked to perfection.

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Cajun, Creole, Seafood
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Gina

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Shrimp
  • 4 tbsp Butter 1/2 stick melted
  • 1/2 tbsp Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Chives
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese optional freshly grated

Instructions

  1. If using frozen shrimp, thaw.  Peel and devein.  

  2. Pre-heat oven to 350.

  3. Pour melted butter into a small oven-proof dish.  Add shrimp and Cajun Seasoning.  Stir to blend.

  4. Bake on 350 for about 10-15 minutes, until shrimp are done and just starting to curl.  Do not overcook, or they will get tough.  

  5. Drizzle with lemon juice.  Sprinkle with chives.

  6. If adding cheese, scatter it across the top and bake for another minute or two.  

  7. Enjoy!

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14 Replies to “Cajun Shrimp Scampi”

  1. My dad and his parents are almost pure Cajun! I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast and have spent almost my entire life eating and learning how to cook Cajun food. This sounds fantastic! I will definitely have to try it. If you EVER need tips or ideas on how to Cajunize most anything, please let me know! I love sharing my knowledge and skills. My dad still hasn’t taught me roux, so hoping I learn that soon.
    I will definitely be reading more of your blog. Thank you for making my cajun side very happy. This cuisine really needs to be spread further.

  2. Looks delicious! I find cooking with shrimp intimidating, I’m afraid they won’t cook through. But, this looks so easy and good–I think I will give it a try!

  3. This looks amazing. I love shrimp and am always looking for new recipes to use it. Thanks for sharing. I’ll let you know what I think again after I cook it.

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