Buttery Cajun Shrimp

Cajun shrimp are seared in toasted southern spices and browned butter for a quick and easy weeknight meal. This shrimp is best served with your favorite grits, rice, or on a fresh salad!

A spoon is lifting shrimp out of the pan it was cooked in.

Cajun shrimp recipe

If you love easy and delicious shrimp recipes, check out shrimp and chorizo quesadillas, grilled shrimp and sausage kabobs, or shrimp and tortellini beurre blanc.

Do you ever feel like there is not enough time in the day, and then it gets to be dinner time and you are drained of all thoughts and can’t figure out what to make? That’s how weeknights feel for me sometimes, but I’m determined to create meals that are quick, easy, and most importantly, delicious. This Cajun shrimp is the answer!

This cajun shrimp recipe starts with browned butter, which adds a rich flavor to the base of the dish. Next, the Cajun seasoning is toasted in the pan, which creates a more bold, aromatic flavor (and the smell is intoxicating). Lastly, the shrimp is tossed in the toasted spices the pan and seared to juicy perfection. Three steps, ten minutes, and dinner is ready to go…yes, it really is that simple!

Shrimp, lemons, spices, thyme, and worcestershire sauce is placed on a table.

Cajun shrimp ingredients

  • Butter– Salted butter is browned in the pan first to create a rich base to the meal.
  • Cajun seasoning– You can make your own Cajun seasoning blend or you can buy one.
  • Garlic– Fresh garlic really elevates the dish and gives it a fresh flavor.
  • Lemon– Just a squeeze of lemon brings all the rich flavors together.
  • Worcestershire sauce– A splash of worcestershire sauce adds a tangy, bold flava’!
  • Parsley– Fresh parsley is a must for this dish! It adds a bit of color and fresh flavor to liven your plate up with!

Chef’s tips

How to pick out shrimp

I love using fresh shrimp for my recipes because it always yields tender, juicy shrimps. Opt for fresh caught, peeled and deveined shrimp which can be found in the seafood department of your grocery store. Peeled and deveined shrimp saves so much time in the kitchen and makes this recipe run a whole lot smoother.

If you cannot find peeled and deveined shrimp, you can opt for frozen shrimp for this recipe. Thaw the frozen shrimp out according to package instructions first.

Make it ahead of time

You can easily make this shrimp ahead of time, as the flavor will develop even more in the fridge! Seafood (in my opinion) does not reheat well, so if you make this ahead of time, plan on eating it as a cold lunch/meal. You can store the cooked Cajun shrimp in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Butter is melted in a pan, then spices are added to liven up the flavor.

How to make Cajun shrimp

  1. Place a large light colored pan (so you can see the color of the butter change) over medium heat. Once the pan is warm, add the butter, then stir until the butter is melted. Continue to cook the butter for 5-8 minutes until the color is golden brown.
  2. Add the Cajun seasoning to the browned butter and toast the seasoning for 2 minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice.
  3. Place the shrimp in the pan and stir until the the shrimp is well coated in the seasoning. Cook the shrimp for 2-5 minutes (depending on the size).
  4. Remove the shrimp from the pan and serve with rice, a salad, or eat it as is!

What to store Cajun shrimp with

This Cajun shrimp recipe is so versatile and can be served with countless meals, but here are some of my favorite recommendations:

Shrimp is cooked in one pan and topped with lemons and parsley for added flavor.

How to store and reheat

You can store cooked shrimp in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days. Shrimp can be reheated in the skillet or microwave for 2 minutes until it is warmed through. This dish is also fantastic when enjoyed cold!

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overhead view of frying pan with cooked shrimps
A spoon is lifting shrimp out of the pan it was cooked in.

Buttery Cajun Shrimp

Sea Salt Savorings
Cajun shrimp are seared in toasted southern spices and browned butter for a quick and easy weeknight meal. This shrimp is best served with your favorite grits, rice, or on a fresh salad!
4.99 from 102 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Cajun, Southern
Servings 4 servings
Calories 109 kcal


  • Large pan
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Spatula


  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 lb peeled and deveined large shrimp


  • Place a light colored pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the butter and cook for 5-8 minutes until is it golden brown. Next, add the Cajun seasoning, thyme, and red pepper flakes to the pan and cook for another 2 minutes.
    Butter is melted in a pan, then spices are added to the pan to liven the flavor.
  • Add the Worchestershire sauce and lemon juice to the pan, then add the shrimp. Sear the shrimp on each side for 2-3 minutes, until the shrimp is pink. Flip the shrimp and sear on the other side. Remove the pan from the stove and serve. Mangia!
    Shrimp is placed in a pan to sear them quickly with butter and spices.


Calories: 109kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 103mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 892IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.4mg

Nutrition values are estimates, for exact values consult a nutritionist.

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  1. Amanda Laughlin says:

    5 stars
    I made this cajun shrimp with buttered angel hair pasta and roasted veg, GUH! So good!