Delicious Cajun Shrimp

Delicious Cajun Shrimp
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  2. 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  5. 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  6. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  7. zest from one half lemon
  8. 25-30 large shrimp, shell on
  9. 5 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks
  10. 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  11. 1 tablespoon shallot, finely minced
  12. 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  13. 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  14. 1/4 cup of cognac or brandy
  1. 1. In a bowl, combine the shrimp with the spices and the lemon zest. Toss the shrimp to coat it well.
  2. 2. In a large frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat until foaming. Stir in the garlic, shallot, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Sauté the mixture for about 2 to 3 minutes, until the garlic and shallot have softened. Then, add the shrimp and sauté until they just turn pink, about 3 minutes.
  3. 3. If you wish to flambé your shrimp, carefully tilt the pan away from you, pour in the cognac with a ladle, and use a long match or one of those lighters with a long handle to light the cognac. Let it burn itself out—this should only take 15 seconds or so. I once had a friend add way too much cognac to a flambé and the fire kept going and going…if this happens, please just blow it out! If you’d prefer, you can just skip this step entirely.
  4. 4. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the remaining butter until melted.
My friend, Rossyln, wanted me to pass along a few helpful tips
  1. • DO leave the shrimp in their shells to trap the flavor inside and make the shrimp tender.
  2. • DO grab a fresh loaf of French bread from the store to eat with the shrimp.
  3. • DO flambé the shrimp. Why? Because it looks cool!
  4. • DON’T burn down your house trying to flambé…k?


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