An easy recipe for very flavorful broiled shrimp with Cajun-style seasoning. So easy and quick, it's the perfect weeknight dinner!
I cook shrimp fairly often for my family. It's one of those foods that everyone around here likes, even The Picky Eater. And they like it regardless of how I make the shrimp or how I season them. So it's up to me to vary the 🍤recipes that I use.
Whenever I have a bag of shrimp in the fridge and I'm unsure how to make them, there's a good chance I'll end up making this recipe. It's just so tasty! The seasoning is wonderful - bold, savory, and very flavorful.
What's the best way to cook shrimp?
Broiling is my favorite way to cook shrimp. And it's an especially appropriate method for Cajun-style shrimp because the high heat really brings out their bold flavor.
But this is one of the shrimp recipes that I make most often for my family. It's so flavorful and it's also very easy!
The ingredients you'll need
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make broiled shrimp. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
Shrimp: I prefer to use jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, with the tails on. If you prefer tails off that's fine. But do use large shrimp. And here are some good tips for choosing sustainable seafood.
Olive oil: I love cooking with this flavorful oil. But if you'd rather use an oil with a higher smoke point, you can use avocado oil instead.
Cajun seasoning: Kosher salt (use less salt if using fine salt instead of kosher), smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Make sure the spices are fresh! A stale spice can easily ruin a dish.
How to make broiled shrimp
It's so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
Season the shrimp with the remaining ingredients and toss to coat. I sometimes use my clean hands to make sure they are evenly coated.
Arrange them in a single layer on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Broil until cooked through. This should take only 4 minutes, even for large shrimp.
Why I use jumbo shrimp
If you use jumbo shrimp, as the recipe instructs, there's no need to thread them on skewers. Actually, even if you use smaller shrimp you can skip the skewers.
The reason? There's no need to turn the shrimp midway through cooking. You can simply arrange them on the baking sheet in a single layer, broil them for 4 minutes, and they're done.
For smaller shrimp, 3 minutes is likely enough. Of course, it's a good idea to cut one of them in half and make sure they're done before serving them.
What to serve with broiled shrimp?
Or you could quickly mix them and the pan juices into fresh spinach leaves - this will wilt the leaves just enough to cook them ever so lightly.
What about leftovers?
If you happen to have leftovers, keep them in the fridge, tightly covered, for no longer than three days.
These well-seasoned shrimp are very tasty in a salad, or you can gently reheat them in the microwave, covered, on 50% power.
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Broiled Shrimp with a Cajun-style seasoning
- 1 lb. jumbo shrimp 21-25 shrimp per pound, peeled and deveined, tails on
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt (or ½ teaspoon sea salt)
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Heat your broiler on high (450 degrees F), with an oven rack set 6 inches from the heating element (not directly below but the second rack from the top). Line a rimmed broiler-safe baking sheet with foil (for easy cleanup).
- Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. Place them in a large bowl.
- Add the olive oil, kosher salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne. Toss to coat with a large spoon.
- Arrange the seasoned shrimp in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. If there's any remaining olive oil mixture in the bowl, spoon it evenly on top of the shrimp, as shown in the video below.
- Broil the shrimp until opaque and cooked through, 6-7 minutes for jumbo shrimp.