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Blackened Shrimp

These delicious Blackened Shrimp are the perfect versatile weeknight meal. Try them in tacos, lettuce wraps, on pasta, rice, or simply on their own!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Marinating time30 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: blackened shrimp, cajun shrimp, shrimp recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 227kcal


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano dried
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ pounds shrimp uncooked, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced

Optional garnish

  • cilantro fresh, chopped
  • lime wedges


  • Combine the chili powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Dump the mixture over the shrimp and mix well. Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer and cook for 2 minutes. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes. 
  • Add the garlic, stir, and cook for 30 seconds. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges to serve.



  1. If you use pre-cooked shrimp, cook only for 30 seconds on each side as to not over-cook the shrimp.
  2. Allow frozen shrimp to thaw fully before cooking.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 428mg | Sodium: 1939mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1430IU | Vitamin C: 7.9mg | Calcium: 271mg | Iron: 4.8mg