15 Minute Cajun-ish Spiced Shrimp


Another super easy weeknight dinner recipe- one pan and super quick because you can infuse a lot of flavor into shrimp quickly. While I created this recipe really just focusing on some of my favorite spices that go well together rather than a specific type of cuisine, if I had to try to categorize these shrimp, I’d say they have a bit of a Cajun feel.

If you want to make a full meal, cook up some white rice and saute up some some asparagus and zucchini in just a touch of olive oil and salt because they both cook very quickly. I do this before cooking the shrimp so the shrimp is the freshest part.

This recipe is also a quick and easy way to add shrimp/protein to a salad. Make on the spot or the day before and add to any salad of your choice.

4.50 from 2 votes

Easiest Weeknight Cajun-ish Spiced Shrimp

Difficulty Level: 2
Servings 2 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
  • 1/2 pound shrimp
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • Optional: a bit of red chili flakes, (for spice)
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Optional: squeeze of lime at the end
  • Add olive oil to a large skillet over low to medium heat.
  • Add in all the spices and tomato paste and saute until dark brown, about 1 minute.
  • Add in shrimp; let shrimp sit, stirring just a bit but not much, for about 2-3 minutes, until opaque and white on the side touching the pan. Flip and cook until shrimp are fully cooked and opaque, about an additional 2 minutes.
4.50 from 2 votes
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