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7 June 2019

This blackened shrimp recipe is a spicy food lover’s dream made with succulent shrimp seasoned with piquant blackening seasoning, then seared in butter. Cooks in only 5 minutes!

For all my spicy food loving friends, this is the recipe for you. Blackened shrimp is going to be your new go-to meal, not just for nights when you’re super busy and need a quick and easy meal, but anytime you’re craving BIG FLAVOR.

What I love about shrimp is how quickly it cooks up, no matter how you cook it. But when you coat it in a powerful blend of seasonings and sear them in butter over high heat? It’s heaven. Seriously, HEAVEN.

What is Blackened Shrimp?

For the best blackened shrimp, it’s all about the seasoning and the cooking process. Blackened shrimp is spicy shrimp that’s been brushed or dipped in butter, thoroughly seasoned in piquant blackening seasoning, then seared over high heat, usually in a cast iron pan, until it develops its telltale dark crust.

The crust forms from the darkening of the seasonings while being cooked in butter over high heat. Without that high heat, you’re unlikely to form that crispy outer crust. You can use olive oil to achieve the same crust, but butter is traditional, and plays a big role in the resulting flavor.

The seasoning is also extremely important.

About the Blackened Seasoning

Blackening seasoning, aka “Blackened seasoning”, is a mixture of chili powders, herbs and spices. It is essentially a cross between Cajun and Creole seasoning blends, with strong flavors. It is quite “spicy”, though not always “hot”, depending on how you make it.

If you enjoy Cajun and Creole cooking, you’ll love blackening as well.

Homemade Blackening Seasoning Recipe

The most typical ingredients in a blackened seasoning include chili powder, garlic and onion powder, black pepper, oregano and thyme, along with salt, though many variations exists from cook to cook.

Try my Homemade Blackened Seasoning Recipe which is big on spicy flavor, with just the right touch of heat. You can use this recipe to easily adjust the seasoning to your own preferred heat levels.

I use blackening seasoning not just for blackening foods, but for seasoning in general. Use it as a rub for chicken, beef, pork, seafood, basically anything you’d toss on the grill. Stir it into soups and stews. Anywhere you might use a Cajun or Creole seasoning, you can use blackened seasoning.

So, let’s talk about how we blacken the shrimp, shall we?

Blackened Shrimp in a pan, ready to eat

  • Cook 2-3 minutes to blacken one side, then flip and cook another 1-2 minutes, until they are cooked through.

BOOM! All done! Your life is now complete.

Blackened Shrimp Recipe Steps – How to Blacken Shrimp

  • First, brush your peeled and deveined shrimp generously with melted butter.
  • Next, generously coat each with blackening seasoning.
  • Heat a large cast iron pan to high heat and add the shrimp.

That was super quick and easy, right? I love easy. This is a great recipe for a slow cook like me.

You can blacken all sorts of different foods, like blackened fish, pork, even vegetables. Try my Blackened Chicken and blackened salmon recipe, which use the same cooking process. It’s SERIOUSLY good.

Blackened Salmon Recipe

Next question is, how do we serve up our cooked shrimp?

5 Ways to Serve Blackened Shrimp

  • Blackened Shrimp Tacos
  • Blackened Shrimp Pasta
  • Blackened Shrimp Fajitas
  • Blackened Shrimp with Rice
  • Blackened Shrimp Salad

It’s also great served as an appetizer. So delicious blackened.

That’s it, my friends! I hope you enjoy the recipe. Go make it extra spicy, will ya? Have fun.

Try Some of My Other Shrimp Recipes

Blackened Shrimp in a pan

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Blackened Shrimp Recipe

This blackened shrimp recipe is a spicy food lover's dream made with succulent shrimp seasoned with piquant blackening seasoning, then seared in butter. Cooks in only 5 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, recipe, shrimp, spicy
Servings: 5
Calories: 191kcal



  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika or use regular paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder use more for a spicier blend
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme


  • 1 Pound Shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ¼ cup butter melted


  • Mix all of the blackening spices together in a small bowl. Make sure it is blended evenly.
  • Brush the shrimp generously with melted butter.
  • Generously coat each with blackening seasoning.
  • Heat a large cast iron pan to high heat and add the shrimp.
  • Cook 2-3 minutes to blacken one side, then flip and cook another 1-2 minutes, until they are cooked through.
  • Serve!



Store any extra blackening seasoning in airtight containers and use as needed.


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 253mg | Sodium: 1254mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 2080IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 3mg


  1. This is a old post, but just discovered the recipe. Making the shrimp tonight with steamed rice. Wonder if the extra seasoning would be good stirred through the rice . I like trying new ideas.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Go for it, Martha! Enjoy. Be careful not to over season, but definitely to your preference.

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