Cajun Pepper Shrimp

Cajun Pepper Shrimp
Create a zesty marinade using the pepper purees and toss it with shrimp before grilling or sautéing. Serve these spicy Cajun shrimp as an appetizer or main course.


- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons Louisiana Pepper Exchange's pepper purees (adjust for desired spice level)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Fresh lemon wedges for garnish
- Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


1. Prepare the Marinade:
In a bowl, combine Louisiana Pepper Exchange's pepper purees, olive oil, minced garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create a zesty marinade.

2. Marinate the Shrimp:
Place the peeled and deveined shrimp in a zip-top bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the shrimp, ensuring they are well-coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.

3. Cook the Shrimp (Grill or Sauté):
- Grill Method: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Thread the marinated shrimp onto skewers if using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water first to prevent burning. Grill the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side or until they turn pink and slightly charred.
- Sauté Method: Heat a large skillet or pan over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil. Once hot, add the marinated shrimp in a single layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until they turn pink and opaque.

4. Serve:
Transfer the cooked Cajun Pepper Shrimp to a serving platter. Garnish with fresh lemon wedges for a citrusy kick and chopped fresh parsley for a burst of color and freshness.

5. Enjoy:
Serve these spicy Cajun Pepper Shrimp as an appetizer with dipping sauce or as a main course over a bed of rice or pasta. They are perfect for adding some zesty flavor to your Mardi Gras celebration or any occasion where you want a taste of Cajun cuisine.

Feel free to adjust the spice level by adding more or less of Louisiana Pepper Exchange's pepper purees according to your preference. Enjoy your zesty Cajun Pepper Shrimp!