Cajun Garlic Butter Shrimp

Cajun Garlic Butter Shrimp is made in the most amazing cajun garlic butter sauce. This is ready in 15 minutes and a meal that will wow the family!

If you are looking for some more amazing shrimp recipes, be sure to try: Creamy Tuscan Garlic Shrimp Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet, or Sticky Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp.

Cajun Garlic Butter Shrimp in a skillet with a metal spoon for serving.

Cajun Garlic Butter Shrimp

I am a firm believer that if you hate a certain type of food, you can slowly but surely start to like it. Take me for example. I despised all fish and seafood growing up. When I had my first son, I realized that I had to start putting seafood apart of my diet and that my metabolism with each kid was decreasing. The donuts were now sticking to the thighs. ha! So I started to eat salmon. I slowly started to eat salmon that was smothered in some sort of delicious sauce. And guess what? Salmon is now my favorite to choose at a restaurant.

But shrimp!? There was no way that I would ever grow to like it. The problem is I have married a shrimp lover. So I promised him that he could choose a shrimp recipe every other week for me to make. And of course, I have to try it right? Well, I am happy to report that it is slowly starting to grow on me and now I can actually eat it! This shrimp recipe became one of my favorites with the first bite. The unique sauce combination comes together in this recipe and makes it incredible!

Close-up of a spoonful of Cajun Garlic Butter Shrimp.

How do you make cajun garlic butter shrimp?

  • To start, whisk together your sauce. Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, olive oil, mustard and garlic.
  • In a medium-sized skillet over medium high heat add the butter. Add the sauce and whisk and let reduce until the butter is melted about 2 minutes.
  • Salt and pepper the shrimp and add to the sauce. Toss and cook in the sauce until the shrimp is opaque.

How long do I cook shrimp in the skillet?

Cook the shrimp stirring frequently, until they turn totally pink and opaque. This will usually take 4-5 minutes.

What sides should I serve with shrimp?

We served this shrimp over rice with broccoli.

Cajun Garlic Butter Shrimp in a black bowl with a metal fork.

 

Cajun Garlic Butter Shrimp

4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 4

Description

Cajun Garlic Butter Shrimp is made in the most amazing cajun garlic butter sauce. This is ready in 15 minutes and a meal that will wow the family!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Caribbean, Mediterranean

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • salt and pepper
  • sliced green onions for garnish

Instructions

  1. To start, whisk together your sauce. Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, olive oil, mustard, cajun seasoning, and garlic.
  2. In a medium-sized skillet over medium high heat add the butter. Add the sauce and whisk and let reduce until the butter is melted about 2 minutes.
  3. Salt and pepper the shrimp and add to the sauce. Toss and cook in the sauce 4-5 minutes until the shrimp is opaque.
  4. Garnish with chopped green onions

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4

Calories263kcal (13%)Carbohydrates8g (3%)Protein24g (48%)Fat14g (22%)Saturated Fat5g (25%)Cholesterol301mg (100%)Sodium1507mg (63%)Potassium131mg (4%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar6g (7%)Vitamin A420IU (8%)Vitamin C5.1mg (6%)Calcium175mg (18%)Iron2.9mg (16%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. You are so right that foods can grow on you over time! I hated all things avocado growing up but have since fallen in love with them. I need to work on my husband eating olives, bell peppers and fish…

  2. 5 stars
    ha, me too about most fish, don’t even like how the word sounds! But do like shrimp and lobster, so appreciate you overcoming your aversion to it for this recipe!

  3. Im going to cook this tomorrow night for my husband. Im trying to figure out what sides to cook. I do not want to do rice so what other sides should I do?

    1. Hi Tracy!
      Im sure he will love it! Really any type of pasta dish is always good or mashed potatoes is a favorite of mine! Please let me know how it turns out! Thanks for following along with me!

  4. 5 stars
    We were looking for a recipe that was similar to one at our favorite Cajun restaurant and this looked to have the right flavor profile. This was a home run. Better than the restaurant! Easy to make. Definitely adding it to the regular rotation. We also aren’t big fish eaters and trying to add more to our diets. ???

  5. 5 stars
    It was delicious! However it is more aptly named “Chinese Cajun shrimp” very yummy just expected something dufferent. Will make it again and again thanks!

  6. These sound so good and can’t wait to make. I want to thank for not only a delicious shrimp recipe but it sounds so simple and quick. All are a winner for me.

  7. 5 stars
    Just a perfect way to cook shrimp when you tire of the same ole same ole! I will be making this again and again so who cares if it not authentically Cajun …. the taste is the thing.

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