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Blackened Shrimp

These Blackened Shrimp make the perfect quick and easy keto dinner just like our Cajun dirty rice! You can cook them in 4 minutes with butter, olive oil, and a blend of spices…and enjoy them either as an appetizer or main dish.
Keywords:Blackening seasonings, Cajun, quick, shrimp
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories422 kcal
Cost $ 2.50 per person


  • cast iron skillet


  • 2 lbs uncooked large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 6 tablespoon butter melt only 4 of them
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • 4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 teaspoon dried Italian herbs or a mixture of oregano and thyme, plus basil if you have
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Before cooking blackened shrimp, remove the shell and devein the shrimp. If you are serving them as an appetizer, leave the tail on. But if you will enjoy them as a main dish, remove the tail as well. Then, pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel and put them into a mixing bowl.
  • In another small bowl, mix together the spices and herbs for the blackening seasoning.
  • Toss the shrimp with 4 tablespoon of melted butter and then with the seasoning blend.
  • Preheat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil (make sure it sizzles) and 2 tablespoon of butter. Let the butter melt and make sure the grease sizzles. Then add the shrimp in one even layer. If needed, cook them in batches!
  • Cook shrimp until pink and opaque on one side, about 1-2 minutes. Then, flip to the other side and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. The time will depend on the size of the shrimp!
  • Take them out of the pan as soon as they're fully cooked. Serve with lime wedges and chopped parsley as an appetizer or over grits, creamy polenta, zoodles, or pasta.

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Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Do not freeze; otherwise, shrimp can become chewy after thawing and reheating.


Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 602mg | Sodium: 2933mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2213IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 384mg | Iron: 7mg

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