Cajun Shrimp and Grits

Life At The Table Cajun Shrimp and Grits on a wooden table in a white dish with a green napkin lying beside it.

Get the party started! This recipe is simple and easy for a delicious weeknight meal. If you choose to make it for company on the weekend, they will think you slaved all day.



Cajun Shrimp

Bell Pepper Garnish

  • 4 mini bell peppers various colors, small dice
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley or 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 12 lemons
  • kosher salt
  • olive oil


  1. Heat cast iron skillet on high heat.
  2. Add just enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the skillet.
  3. Add the shrimp in a single layer to the skillet. Sauté the shrimp in batches if needed to avoid overcrowding the pan.
  4. As the shrimp sautés sprinkle with Chef Sandra’s Cajun Seasoning. (One packet will season 1 lb of shrimp. Add more or less seasoning depending on your taste preference.) Add 2 teaspoons sliced garlic to the skillet. (If you’re cooking large quantities of shrimp and you like garlic, prep the amount of slice garlic needed for each batch of shrimp.)
  5. Sauté just until shrimp curl and are cooked through. Depending on how how your skillet is, this may be only a couple of minutes for each batch of shrimp.
  6. Once finished with the shrimp, add the diced bell pepper to the skillet. If the skillet is dry refresh with olive oil as needed.
  7. Sauté the bell pepper with the remaining garlic, just until the bell pepper is tender, 1-2 minutes
  8. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the red pepper flakes.
  9. Once the shrimp is plated and garnished with the bell pepper mixture, add the parsley on top.


The Cajun Seasoning will blacken as it cooks. If your preference is for Blackened Cajun Shrimp coat the shrimp with the seasoning prior to adding it to the hot skillet.

Serve Cajun Shrimp over Parmesan Grits – yum!

Adjust the amount of garlic as needed in this recipe to suit your personal preference.

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