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11 February 2019

This Cajun shrimp recipe lightly cooks succulent shrimp in a simmering tomato sauce spiced with chili peppers, Cajun seasonings and more. Great for dinner or an appetizer.

It’s time for some shrimp, my friends. Spicy shrimp, that is. I’m always up for shrimp because it’s so much lighter in the calorie department than other proteins, but that doesn’t mean they’re boring when it comes to flavor.

And! They take to my preferred spices so awesomely! A big hearty CHEERS to shrimp!

Today I’m cooking these up in a nice and spicy tomato sauce that simmers with the Cajun Holy Trinity of onions, bell peppers (though I’m using jalapenos here for extra heat), and onions, along with a good portion of Cajun Seasonings and a few other ingredients that REALLY bring the FLAVOR.

It’s great as either a dinner or to serve as a party appetizer, and I think you’re going to love it.

Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we? It’s SUPER EASY.

Spicy Cajun Shrimp - In a pan with sliced jalapeno peppers and cherry tomatoes

How to Make Spicy Cajun Shrimp – the Recipe Method

First, heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and cook down the peppers, onion and celery until softened, about 5 minutes.

Cooking down the onions and peppers

Next, add the garlic and cook another minute, until you can smell that gorgeous garlic.

Stir in the butter, tomato sauce, Cajun seasonings, Worcestershire, vinegar, hot sauce and sweet chili sauce. Adjust with salt and pepper.

Simmering the Cajun sauce

Bring to a quick boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. You can simmer longer to develop more flavor.

Add the shrimp and tuck them into the sauce. Simmer about 5 minutes to cook the shrimp, stirring here and there, or until the shrimp are cooked through.

Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.

Garnish and serve.

BOOM! DONE! Easy Cajun cooking, right? I love easy. And spicy.

Spicy Cajun Shrimp - In a pan

Serving Suggestions

I like to serve my Cajun Shrimp with crusty bread to sop up all that wonderful spicy sauce. It works great as a quick dinner or party appetizer this way.

It’s also delicious served over cheesy grits.

Or, toss in some noodles to make a pasta version. The recipe works nicely served on tortillas, taco style, or over crusty French bread po’ boy style.

Recipe Notes/Adjusting the Heat

I used jalapeno peppers here for a nice, easy level of spice and heat. You can dial down the heat factor by either coring out the jalapeno peppers or using bell peppers instead.

Amp up the heat factor by incorporating more jalapenos or spicier peppers, such as the serrano pepper, or even a habanero pepper. Or, bring in more hot sauce or an extra blast of Cajun seasonings. Cayenne pepper is also a nice addition when seasoning.

YES!

About the Cajun Seasonings

A good Cajun seasoning blend is my very favorite seasoning blend in the world. It’s my typical “go to” blend when cooking my every day meals.

If you scroll through the recipes on this site, as well as thumb through the several cookbooks I’ve written, you’ll find “Cajun Seasonings” in the ingredients quite often. Talk about HUGE, easy Cajun flavor.

Cajun seasonings are usually a blend of certain chili powders along with garlic, onion, salt and a potential slew of other ingredients.  No two people make it exactly the same, though you WILL find many commonalities, which is why I love it so.

Cajun seasoning originated with southern Cajun cooking, as the Cajuns would prepare a lot of game meat, including swamp critters that had some pretty tough flavor. They would highly season their food with bold ingredients, to make it more palatable.

Check out my Homemade Cajun Seasoning Blend Here, along with instructions on how you can make your very own personal blend.

That’s it, my friends! I hope you enjoy my Cajun shrimp recipe! I love it!

Check Out Some of My Other Popular Cajun and Creole Recipes

Spicy Cajun Shrimp - In a pan, ready to serve

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.

5 from 1 vote
Spicy Cajun Shrimp - Recipe
Spicy Cajun Shrimp – Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This Cajun shrimp recipe lightly cooks succulent shrimp in a simmering tomato sauce spiced with chili peppers, Cajun seasonings and more. Great for dinner or an appetizer.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, recipe, shrimp, spicy
Servings: 4
Calories: 240 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 jalapeno peppers chopped (use bell peppers for a milder version)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning blend see recipe notes
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Hot sauce to taste Crystal preferably, or similar, about 2-3 tablespoons is good
  • 1 tablespoons sweet chili sauce Sriracha is good here
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-1/2 pounds shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • FOR GARNISH: Chopped fresh parsley, sliced jalapenos or serrano peppers, sliced cherry tomatoes, spicy chili flakes, extra hot sauce
  • FOR SERVING: Crusty bread
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat and cook down the peppers, onion and celery until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook another minute, until you can smell that gorgeous garlic.
  3. Stir in the butter, tomato sauce, Cajun seasonings, Worcestershire, vinegar, hot sauce and sweet chili sauce. Adjust with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a quick boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. You can simmer longer to develop more flavor.
  5. Add the shrimp and cover them with the sauce. Simmer about 5 minutes, stirring here and there, or until the shrimp are cooked through.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.
  7. Garnish and serve.
Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Medium. You can easily up the heat factor with spicier peppers and hotter hot sauce choices.

Check out my homemade Cajun seasoning blend. Or, use your own favorite store bought blend.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Cajun Shrimp – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 1186mg 49%
Potassium 640mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 9g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 49.6%
Vitamin C 27.2%
Calcium 12.9%
Iron 19.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Spicy Cajun Shrimp - This Cajun shrimp recipe lightly cooks succulent shrimp in a simmering tomato sauce spiced with chili peppers, Cajun seasonings and more. Great for dinner or an appetizer. #CajunRecipe #Shrimp #Dinner

2 comments

  1. Jim Anderson

    Your pictures look like you used cherry tomatoes cut in half but your ingredients don’t show that. Did you used cherry/grape tomatoes cut in half?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness


      Jim, yes, I used those as more of a garnish. They are cherry tomatoes sliced in half. I’ll update the recipe notes on that.

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