You may not be drinking New Orlean’s notoriously strong Hurricanes down Bourbon street this year. But at least you can enjoy some of NOLA’s best flavors in the comfort of your own kitchen. And hey, who’s stopping you from mixing up a Hurricane to sip on while you enjoy this cajun shrimp dish!
What are Cajun flavors?
Cajun flavors are big and bold, mirroring the culture of New Orleans. Cajun food has a long history that combines the best flavors of French and Spanish cooking. These dishes definitely pack a spicy punch. But the spice isn’t so overwhelming that you can’t appreciate the medley of other flavors. Popular flavors you might find in Cajun dishes include paprika, bay leaf, onion, garlic, oregano, thyme, and many more!
Cajun Seasoning Alternatives
You can purchase Cajon Seasoning from your local super market. I have seen popular spice brands such as McCormick and Thrive Markets sell theirs in stores near me.
Alternatively, you can make your own with spices you probably already have on hand. Food blogger, Gimmesomeoven has a spice blend that looks delicious. Though I personally used a store bought spice mix.
Lastly, Seafood seasonings such as Old Bay will also work well!
How to serve Cajun Butter Shrimp
Okay, if I am being honest here, the shrimp is good, but the cajun butter sauce is the star! The first time I tested this recipe, I fell in love with the sauce. So much, that I ended up altering the recipe to double it. It is that good! And to fully appreciate the sauce, you need a vehicle or medium to consume it so to speak. I enjoy eating it with crusty French bread to soak up all the delicious sauce. But another, equally delicious option would be to serve it as rice and enjoy the dish as a stew. If you eat it this way, I recommend cooking the rice on its own, versus cooking it straight in the pan with the sauce. This way you can control how saucy your meal is. If you cooking it in the same pans as the sauce, you might find that the rice soaks up too much of the liquid.