This Blackened shrimp recipe is made of pan-seared shrimp with easy homemade blackened seasoning. Ready in 15 minutes.

Photo of blackened shrimp in a cast iron skillet.

I love quick and easy recipes like this easy Blackened Shrimp Recipe. From start to finish, it is ready and on the table in 15 minutes. I think we all can agree that life is just busy and some days seem even busier than others. Those are the days we all need recipes like this one in our back pocket to pull out for a simple yet scrumptious meal!

How to Make Blackened Shrimp Recipe

Ingredients

Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

Ingredients for making blackened shrimp recipe.

This recipe has three simple ingredients: Shrimp, blackened seasoning, and olive oil. Let me give you a few tips on each.

Shrimp – I love to use wild-caught shrimp that has been cleaned and deveined. If you use frozen shrimp, make sure that it is thawed completely and well drained. Pat it dry with paper towels or allow it to drain in a colander if needed.

Blackened Seasoning – I use my homemade Blackened Seasoning. It is made of paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper, cumin, thyme, oregano, garlic, and onion. While you can use store-bought, and I have from time to time, once you make your own, you can customize it to your preferences. It is a game-changer!

Olive oil – You only use a bit of olive oil in this recipe. A little to coat the shrimp with the seasoning and a little in the skillet for cooking.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Photo of shrimp in a glass bowl with blackened seasoning sprinkled on top.

Season the shrimp. Place the shrimp in a large glass or metal bowl. Add the blackened seasoning to the shrimp.

Shrimp in glass bowl coated with blackening seasoning.

Toss to coat. Using a metal spoon, toss the shrimp in the seasoning to coat well.

Olive oil added to a cast iron skillet.

Heat skillet. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet over medium heat.

Seasoned shrimp in a cast iron skillet.

Add the shrimp. Add the shrimp to the skillet.

Cooked blackened shrimp in a cast iron skillet.

Cook the shrimp. Cook until pink and opaque throughout, about 2 minutes per side.

Photo of blackened shrimp in a skillet with cilantro.

What to Serve with Blackened Shrimp?

The possibilities for what to serve with Blackened Shrimp seem limitless. We love blackened shrimp with pasta, in a salad, with grits, in a sandwich, and so much more!

Storage Tips

To make ahead. You can easily prep this recipe ahead of time and then quickly cook it when ready to serve. Simply season the shrimp, toss to coat, and then wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight or up to 12 hours.

To store leftovers. Blackened shrimp is best served when freshly cooked. However, you can store it in an airtight container or wrapped tightly with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Serve cold or gently reheat and serve.

To freeze. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

Here’s my easy Blackened Shrimp Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Blackened Shrimp Recipe

5 from 1 vote
This Blackened shrimp recipe is made of pan seared shrimp with an easy homemade blackened seasoning. Ready in 15 minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients  

  • 2 pounds shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or melted butter
  • 5 tablespoons blackened seasoning

Instructions 

  • Season the shrimp. Place shrimp into a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and blackened seasoning. Toss the shrimp to coat with the seasoning.
    Shrimp in glass bowl coated with blackening seasoning.
  • Cook the shrimp. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Add the seasoned shrimp to the skillet and cook until the seasoning has darkened and aromatic and the shrimp is pink and opaque, about 2 minutes per side.
    Cooked blackened shrimp in a cast iron skillet.
  • Serve. Remove the cooked shrimp from the skillet and serve.
    Photo of blackened shrimp in a skillet.

Notes

To make ahead. You can easily prep this recipe ahead of time and then quickly cook it when ready to serve. Season the shrimp, toss to coat, and then wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight or up to 12 hours.
To store leftovers. Blackened shrimp is best served when freshly cooked. However, you can store it in an airtight container or wrapped tightly with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Serve cold or gently reheat and serve.
To freeze. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 1744mg | Potassium: 171mg | Vitamin A: 272IU | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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21 Comments

  1. I was *just* thinking about “blackened” seasoning this weekend and wondering how to make it. Who knew it was so easy?!?! πŸ˜‰

  2. I was always wondering about blackening… I love shrimp and how quick it is… I’m excited to try blackening!

  3. I made this last night in the toaster oven and it was super amazing! I used the Redfish Blackened seasoning since that’s the only flavor Safeway had. My wife loved it! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe

  4. The simplest best receipe I have found yet! I put mine with grits and crab salad, with lots of raw veggies, and the family loved it! They all wanted seconds, too bad, I didn’t make enough, except for one serving a piece. Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad you love it and it sounds amazing with your salad! Yum! Now I’m craving it for my supper!

  5. I decided to go meatless and decided to do me some blackened shrimp get recipe and quick to make. It was delicious and I served them with a bed of lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Simply delicious!! Thank you

  6. please tell me how to see a portion size of the blackened shrimp, or any shrimp for that matter, for sr. over 70 what would a good portion be for a main dish, with veggie side? thanks fran

    1. Hi Fran,
      I always plan a minimum of 1/2 pound of raw shrimp per person to serve as the main dish, depending on how heavy the side dishes are with the meal. You can increase this amount per person to make sure you have generous portions if needed.