March 2, 2012

Lemon-Garlic Cajun Shrimp

{ Lemon-Garlic Cajun Shrimp prepared for my son and brother's birthday bash }
I love that scene from Forrest Gump (one of my favorite movies) when Bubba tells Forrest about all the different kinds of shrimp.

"Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it."

It makes my mouth water every time I hear it.

Though there are so many wonderful ways to prepare shrimp, my favorite is the simplest and most basic of them all -- prepared with lemon, garlic, and butter.  It doesn't get any better or easier than this.  Well, actually if you add just a hint of cajun spices for a little bit of heat, that about makes it complete and takes it to a whole new level which I'm sure even Bubba would approve.  This is perfect over a bed of pasta, cajun rice, or paella.

Lemon-Garlic Cajun Shrimp
Adapted from PBS/Everyday Food

4 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-½ pounds medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 tablespoon of Cajun spice (if you don't have one prepared, here's an easy recipe)
2 tablespoons juice squeezed from fresh lemon
Coarse salt & pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, stir and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add shrimp and Cajun spices; cook, tossing occasionally, until pink and opaque, 5 to 7 minutes.  
  2. Toss with lemon juice.  Remove from heat.  Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with chopped parsley.  


  1. heheh i love that scene in forrest gump! such a classic. shrimp and paella is the best! :) hope you are having a fabulous week!

  2. :) Love shrimp cooked any way, but I agree - lemon, garlic and butter are the best way to enjoy them.. LOVE the hint of cajun spices in here, Rachel! Sounds really delicious.. I'm sure I'll love it.. Thanks for sharing this :)

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