This quick and easy Cajun shrimp skillet is a great way to get dinner on the table fast without skimping on flavor.
To save time, you can purchase pre-made Cajun seasoning. (Affiliate links to two options are included below). However, it is very easy to prepare at home, as well, and any excess seasoning can be stored in an airtight container for several months.
As a bonus, homemade spice blends won’t include the preservatives found in prepared versions. Plus, preparing your own Cajun blend will allow you to control the level of heat by adjusting the amount of cayenne pepper used.
In traditional versions of this recipe, shrimp is coated with sweetened coconut flakes and panko breadcrumbs, then deep fried. This healthier, lighter version is gluten free and baked, rather than fried. This version also calls for unsweetened coconut flakes, which allows the other seasonings to take center stage. Here, a tangy avocado-lime dip rounds out the flavors. However, a sugar-free orange marmalade would be a wonderful addition, as well.
In this case, large 10/15 count shrimp were used. However, medium-sized shrimp work better for larger gatherings. If using smaller shrimp, reduce cooking time by a few minutes to prevent overcooking.
Tip: For crispier results, reduce baking time to 10 minutes, then place the shrimp under the broiler for 1-2 minutes per side.
It doesn’t get much easier than this! This versatile main course goes from refrigerator to dinner table in less than 15 minutes. The classic flavors of this dish go with just about any side dish you choose. In addition to the serving suggestions noted here, it also makes a delicious low carb entrée when paired with steamed vegetables or a green side salad.