Blackened Shrimp

Blackened Shrimp beauty

 The Spruce Eats / Morgan Walker

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 1 pan
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
204 Calories
7g Fat
9g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 204
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 239mg 80%
Sodium 1468mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 315mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This dish packs the most flavor with the least amount of effort and time. Blackening seasoning is found in Cajun cooking and is typically made from a mixture of chili powders, herbs, and spices, then rubbed on proteins (such as chicken and shrimp) to create a spicy and piquant flavor profile. This recipe calls for chili powder and cayenne as the spicy components. However, consider adding 1/8 teaspoon ghost pepper powder to your blend to up the spice even more! Serve this dish alongside red beans and rice, risotto, or on top of a green salad.

You could also easily switch to chicken breast, just up the cook time.


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar, packed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 limes

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Combine the chili powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, cayenne, cumin, garlic powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

    blackened shrimp seasoning on shrimp
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  3. In a medium bowl mix the seasoning mixture with the shrimp and mix well. Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

    mix blackening seasoning with shrimp
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  4. 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.

    cook blackened shrimp in pan
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  5. Add the garlic, stir, and cook for 30 seconds.

    add garlic to cooked shrimp for final moments of cooking
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  6. Garnish with lime wedges to serve.

    garnish blackened shrimp with lime to serve
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