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Cajun Sauteed Shrimp “Freesh Skrimp!!” (use fake cajun accent)

Living in Texas, and having a hubby who grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast, its almost traditional to head down to the little surf side fish shops with cooler in hand, after a fun filled day at the beach of course, and find someone peddling “Freesh Skrimp”. One day when I walking down a small row of shops I heard someone yelling out the front door of a shop to anyone who could hear “Freesh Skrimp!” To this day I can’t say it right. Its Freesh Skrimp or nutten’ busta’!

This a very simple and very fun little recipe that I came across while hunting for something to do with shrimp instead of a stir fry. We eat a LOT of stir fry in my house and sometimes ya just get sick of it. But please note that I still couldn’t get away from using my stir fry pan. Love that sucker! I wish I could take full credit for the recipe but I combined about 3 different recipes from around the web and came up with this one. And HELLO! YUM!

Its got a slight spice to it but the rest of the flavors are so yummy together I would say you could leave out the cayenne pepper entirely and it would still be a fantastic dish. You could also substitute the butter in your pan for vegetable oil for a healthy twist. I served ours up with simple white rice and green beans. Add a corn bread muffin and its cajun night! (Yes, I know. My hubby, of cajun decent, made sure I knew that the entire meal was missing something. It’s not truly cajun until there is red beans and rice, but I can’t stand em’ so I’m not cooking em’! Got it? Good!)

Ingredients:

● 1 lb. lbs large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
● 1 tsp. paprika
● 3/4 tsp. dried thyme
● 3/4 tsp. dried oregano
● 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
● 1/4 tsp. salt
● 1/4 tsp. black pepper
● 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (reduce/increase or leave out according to how spicy you want to go)
● 2 tbsp. butter or (optional) use 1 tbsp. vegetable oil

Directions:

1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal bag and shake to coat.
2. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat until hot.
3. Add shrimp; saute 4- 5 minutes or until shrimp are done.

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