Four years of my childhood were spent living in Louisiana while my dad was employed by the public health service, but I never really took to Cajun food until adulthood.
Now, it seems that I can’t get enough.
It bears to mention that Cajun and Creole are very different.
The Cajun people and Cajun foods come from the Acadians and their descendants, largely transplants from French areas of Canada. They have their own foods and distinct dialects.
While a lot of people are guilty of using the terms Cajun and Creole interchangeably, they’ll be the first to point out the differences.
Cajun cuisine focuses on local ingredients and wild game like duck or rabbit, vegetables and grains, as well as fish and shellfish. This shrimp recipe is the perfect blend of Cajun foods and spices!
Blackened Shrimp with Cajun Garlic Butter
For the Shrimp:
1 lemon, juiced (reserve zest for butter)
2 lbs large shrimp
3 Tbs Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning
lemon wedges, for serving (optional)
fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish (optional)
For the Cajun Garlic Butter:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp grated lemon zest, finely chopped
1 to 2 tsp Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning
1 tsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
splash of Worcestershire sauce
Pour lemon juice into a large bowl. Toss shrimp in lemon juice and let marinate for 10 minutes at most. (Don’t go longer than 10 minutes or the citrus juices will cook the shrimp.) Drain and pat dry.
Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning and toss to coat. Let stand another 10 minutes.
Prepare the butter sauce by melting the butter in a small saucepan with the rest of the ingredients and keep warm until ready to serve.
Preheat the grill to medium heat and skewer the shrimp on metal or wooden skewers that have been soaked for at least 30 minutes. Cook the shrimp about 2 minutes on each side until they are opaque.
Toss with fresh thyme leaves. Serve with Cajun garlic butter and lemon wedges.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 262, Calories from Fat: 139, Fat: 15 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 257 mg, Sodium: 389 mg, Potassium: 21 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 29 g.
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