I’ve been craving shrimp lately, so what better excuse to make this Cajun shrimp recipe? I love seafood and spicy, so this recipe sounds like one I’ll love. I know the chipotle pepper isn’t a traditional Cajun flavor/seasoning, but I’m still intrigued. I’m betting the smokey flavor will compliment the spicy Cajun flavors nicely. Let’s find out!
A fiery twist on the Creole classic, these Spicy Louisiana Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle Mayonnaise are positively bursting with flavour with a zingy combination of Cajun seasoning, chipotle peppers, a little brown sugar and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
This dish is made up of 3 recipes: marinade for the shrimp, Cajun spice mix, and the chipotle mayonnaise dip. It sounds like a lot, but most of the ingredients are pantry staples. All I had to buy were the shrimp, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and a couple of limes. I was hoping to find fresh shrimp but ended up buying frozen in order to get it peeled and deveined. It’s worth the convenience—peeling and defining a pound of shrimp takes a while.
This Cajun shrimp recipe was very easy to make. I started with the spice mix since it had to be used in the marinade for the shrimp. That recipe was just a matter of measuring the spices into a small container and mixing them together. It took me just under 2 minutes.
Next was the marinade for the shrimp. That was almost as easy as the Cajun spice mix and only took 4 minutes. It was also a matter of adding all the ingredients to a bowl, tossing the shrimp in the mixture, then put the whole thing into the refrigerator for an hour.
I made the chipotle mayonnaise well the shrimp were marinating. Again, the recipe was just a matter of tossing all the ingredients into my mini-prep food processor and mixing thoroughly. The chipotle mayonnaise step took me about 5 minutes to make.
The last part of this recipe was threading the shrimp onto the skewers and cooking them. It’s been raining here constantly for about two weeks so I decided to bake them in the oven. It took me about eight minutes to thread the shrimp onto the skewers then 10 minutes to bake them. The total time on this recipe was:
- 2 minutes to make the Cajun spice mix
- 4 minutes to make the marinade for the shrimp
- 1 hour to marinate the shrimp
- 8 minutes to thread the skewers
- 10 minutes to bake
- 1 hour and 24 minutes total