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Easy Spicy Cajun Shrimp (with sauce)

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Spicy Cajun Shrimp with Sauce – delicious Southern appetizer!  Made with garlic, ketchup, chicken broth, hot sauce, Cajun spice, and green onions.  Super easy to make – 30 minutes from start to finish!

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I wanted a simple Cajun-style shrimp appetizer that I could make with just a few basic ingredients. This recipe worked really well, and all 25 jumbo shrimp were devoured within 20 minutes by 3 people (including me). It’s amazing how fast the food can disappear from the table if it tastes good!

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If you’re in a hurry, and want an easy flavorful shrimp – this is the recipe for you! Southern comfort food!

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Easy Spicy Cajun Shrimp (with sauce)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Easy Spicy Cajun Shrimp (with sauce)


  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp (20-25 count), peeled but with tails, deveined
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning (containing salt)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Sauce for shrimp:
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (hot cayenne sauce, such as Frank's hot sauce)
  • For garnish:
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped


  1. In a small bowl, toss shrimp together with minced garlic, and cajun spice (my Cajun spice already contained salt, so no salt needed to be added, but if your mix is without salt, add a pinch of salt, too).
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet on medium-hot heat. Add shrimp (mixed with garlic and Cajun spice) to the skillet and cook for about 1 minute on each side, flipping once.
  3. Remove shrimp from the skillet onto a plate. Add chicken broth, ketchup, chopped green onions, hot sauce to the same skillet, bring to boil, mix everything well. Add back the shrimp, boil or simmer for a couple of minutes until shrimp cooks and sauce thickens, constantly stirring. If sauce is too thick, add a small amount of water.
  4. To serve, top with green onions.



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  • Diane Simmons June 18, 2016, 4:53 pm

    I want to make this for dinner tonight. It looks so good reminds me of my uncles bbq shrimp. Yum!!! So recommend rice or with pasta! Thanks

    • Julia July 1, 2016, 10:44 pm

      I hope you liked it! Rice sounds like a perfect side dish here.

  • Michelle August 27, 2017, 2:42 pm

    We liked it but had to add half lemon juice and old bay seasoming….

    • Julia November 3, 2017, 6:23 pm

      Great additions!

  • Cheryl October 5, 2017, 7:41 am

    Hey Julia

    Sounds Deliciously Yummy Making this tonight, I may add some sweet smoky paprika Your dish, with some sweet and white rice, sounds like a Winner to Me

    Thanks for Sharing with the masses 🙂

    • Julia October 31, 2017, 7:15 pm

      You are very welcome, Cheryl!

  • Cheryl October 5, 2017, 7:44 am

    I guess my emocon didn’t show up! The Sweet is carrots.

    • Julia October 31, 2017, 7:15 pm


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