Cajun Shrimp Scampi

Cajun Shrimp Scampi

Cajun Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Cajun Shrimp Scampi is a delightful twist on the classic shrimp scampi, infusing it with bold Cajun spices for an extra kick of flavor. This dish is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner that is both elegant and packed with flavor.


  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for extra heat)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 12 oz linguine or spaghetti


1. Cook the Pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the linguine or spaghetti according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, then drain the pasta and set aside.

2. Season the Shrimp:


  • In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning until evenly coated.

3. Cook the Shrimp:

  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet in a single layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the shrimp are pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.

4. Make the Sauce:

  • In the same skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes (if using), and sauté for about 1 minute, or until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Pour in the white wine (or chicken broth) and lemon juice, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Let the sauce simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until it slightly reduces.
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5. Combine Everything:

  • Return the cooked shrimp to the skillet, along with any accumulated juices.
  • Add the cooked pasta and toss to combine, coating everything evenly in the sauce.
  • If the sauce is too thick, add some of the reserved pasta water a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

6. Season and Serve:

  • Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Stir in the chopped fresh parsley.
  • Serve the Cajun shrimp scampi with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese on top, if desired.

Tips for the Perfect Cajun Shrimp Scampi

  1. Shrimp Size: Use large shrimp for the best texture and presentation. Make sure they are peeled and deveined for convenience.
  2. Cajun Seasoning: Adjust the amount of Cajun seasoning to your taste preference. You can also make your own blend by combining paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, and black pepper.
  3. Wine Substitute: If you prefer not to use wine, chicken broth is a great substitute that adds a similar depth of flavor.
  4. Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice gives the best flavor. Adjust the amount to your taste preference.
  5. Leftovers: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently on the stove with a splash of chicken broth or water to loosen the sauce.

Enjoy this flavorful Cajun shrimp scampi as a vibrant and spicy alternative to the traditional recipe, perfect for impressing guests or simply treating yourself to a delicious meal!



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