Easy Blackened Shrimp Recipe

Learn how to make the best blackened shrimp in your kitchen! This recipe makes the most bold and flavorful cajun blackened shrimp in only 10 minutes. 

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Easy Blackened Shrimp Recipe

In case you haven’t noticed, I love shrimp. They’re consumed in my house at least once a week because they are easy to make and cook quickly. There is always a bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer in case we need to whip up a quick healthy dinner.

Eat them with:

The possibilities are endless! I added them to this creamy Avocado Risotto and it was delicious! The creaminess of the avocado pairs perfectly with the bold flavor of the seasoning on the shrimp.

blackened shrimp on avocado risotto

What are blackened shrimp?

The concept of blackening or blackened food is a Southern cooking technique used to add bold flavors to fish, shrimp, chicken and other food. The mixture of spices create this bold flavor, and this technique is often used in Cajun cuisine.

Blackened shrimp on a blue plate

How to make blackened seasoning

Blackened seasoning is easily made with:

  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  • smoked salt
  • onion powder

Most of those ingredients can be found in your pantry. Rather than making my own blackened seasoning for this recipe, I used my store bought blackened seasoning. The seasoning adds an aromatic smoky taste to the sweet and tender shrimp. It’s a powerful flavoring and pairs well sweet flavors, so that’s why it’s my favorite to use on shrimp!

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How to make blackened shrimp

Making blackened shrimp is easy! Shrimp cook quickly, so they’re an awesome protein to make on a weeknight when you get home late from work or any time you’re in a hurry. These shrimp will cook in about 8 minutes.

First, you will need to clean your shrimp by peeling and deveining them. If you aren’t sure how to do this, watch this video. Then, add them to a large mixing bowl like this one. Toss them with olive oil and blacken seasoning.

Next, lay the shrimp in a cast iron skillet or non stick pan, being careful not to overlap or overcrowd the pan. If the pan is overcrowded, the shrimp will not cook evenly or get a nice crisp.

Using a good pair of tongs, flip the shrimp after cooking one one side for 2-3 minutes.

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Is blackened seasoning Whole30 approved?

Yes, blackened seasoning is Whole30 approved! Add these shrimp to lettuce wraps, top them with pineapple and cilantro, and boom you’ve got yourself some delicious Whole30 approved blackened shrimp tacos!

The trick to making them perfectly is to heat the pan until it’s just about smoking, then add the shrimp. Make sure you refrain from overcrowding the pan, because overcrowded pans don’t allow the heat to properly transfer throughout the pan.

Blackened shrimp on a fork

What to make with blackened shrimp

I added blackened shrimp to these Taco Bowls as part of my Meal Prep That Doesn’t Suck mini series and they were fantastic. I’m still raving about how good these were and have them on my weekly meal prep rotation.

Blackened Shrimp Taco Bowls on a table

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Easy Blackened Shrimp Recipe

This recipe makes the most bold and flavorful cajun blackened shrimp in just 10 minutes. Make them ahead of time for salads, meal preps, or to serve over pasta.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun
Keyword Blackened shrimp, Easy shrimp recipe, Shrimp
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 140



  • Toss shrimp, 1 tbsp of olive oil, and blacken seasoning in a large mixing bowl until shrimp are fully coated.
  • Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to a 10'' cast iron skillet or non-stick pan and heat on medium-high.
  • Lay shrimp flat on pan without overlapping them. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until fully cooked.


*Nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Blackened Shrimp Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 228mg76%
Sodium 706mg31%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin C 3.7mg4%
Calcium 132mg13%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Author: JZ Eats

Eating is my hobby, cooking is my passion. Sharing easy to follow recipes from my kitchen.

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