Spicy Cajun Shrimp

Cajun Shrimp

For Matt (and probably everyone else in Boston), the Super Bowl may as well not be happening this year. I’m not even a big football fan, but I was definitely shouting at the tv the other weekend…

Still, I love making football food. I’m sure we’ll still watch the game, but we’ll need some good food (and beer) to get us through.

When thinking about what to cook, these spicy cajun shrimp came immediately to mind. It’s one of my mom’s old recipes that we keep going back to year after year. The shrimp are marinated and then baked in a sweet and spicy sauce, which happens to go wonderfully with lots of beer.

Not only are they incredibly quick and easy to throw together, they are always a huge crowd-pleaser. The recipe can be doubled, or even tripled, for a large crowd. (And no one has to know how easy and foolproof they are to make.)

Spicy Cajun Shrimp

Spicy Cajun Shrimp


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cajun or creole seasoning (I made my own using this recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil or parlsey, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Whisk together the first seven ingredients in a 9 by 13 baking dish. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Let marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Transfer to the oven and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are just cooked through.

Cajun Shrimp

These cajun shrimp are great served over rice, pasta, or just on their own with wedges of lemon.

What are your favorite superbowl foods?

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  • http://twitter.com/TraveleatloveMM Meghan M.

    These look absolutely delicious! I always have shrimp on hand in the freezer, and I will definitely be trying this.

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    I think these shrimp look really delicious! Very spicy and yummy.

  • http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com/ Megan

    We’re definitely in the same boat… we’ll watch the game and make football food, but it won’t be the same. Anything buffalo chicken, chicken wings, Mexican usually goes here.

  • Sacha

    I have to admit, I will not be watching the superbowl this year. It will be too painful. These shrimp are the perfect game-watching fare, though!

  • http://twitter.com/tri2cook Shannon G

    the superbowl is just an excuse for good snacking food, right? 🙂 i actually like watching the game, too, but eating is definitely a big part of the fun! these look great, love how quick and easy, yet so flavorful

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      Absolutely! I’m trying to learn to like watching football more these days, but snacks and beer are a huge part of it for me!

  • http://twitter.com/MichellePC Michelle Collins

    These look great! And I love pigging out on salsa and dip with chips during the big game. I’m also a big fan of chili and cornbread!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    Love the big flavor in these! I think my boyfriend is pretty apathetic about the game this year. he’s more concerned about whether he picked the right box in his friend’s betting pool thingie. I’m very articulate this morning lol.

  • http://www.quarterlifecrisiscuisine.com/ Bee

    I feel like I found your site through maybe foodbuzz a while ago, but lost the link. Whatever the case, I’m happy to have found you again! 🙂 I am loooving your recipes and I need to make the beet ravioli STAT.

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      Aw, thanks!

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    I’m definitely still watching the game, for the ads and for Beyonce! 🙂 My favorite football food is usually the chips and guac and various kinds of dips.

  • RD

    Made this recipe tonight and it was a hit!!! Thank you for sharing it 🙂

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  • mersh

    Made this tonight! Was very good! A little bit oily and heavy but def. Good.

  • Nickay

    Love this recipe!! Thoughts on potentially adding some fresh onions and maybe even some diced tomatoes to create more juice and texture when spooning over rice, etc?

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