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!
Cajun Shrimp Scampi
Delectable Spicy Shrimp, baked to perfection.
- 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
If using frozen shrimp, thaw. Peel and devein.
Pre-heat oven to 350.
Pour melted butter into a small oven-proof dish. Add shrimp and Cajun Seasoning. Stir to blend.
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.
Drizzle with lemon juice. Sprinkle with chives.
If adding cheese, scatter it across the top and bake for another minute or two.