Cajun Butter Shrimp

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This recipe for Cajun Butter Shrimp is so buttery, flavorful, and delicious. We can’t stop popping these and fight over who gets the last bite. They are that good!

Creole Butter Shrimp in a white bowl with bread on the side.

Cajun Butter Shrimp

I am addicted to all things New Orleans and this recipe made me feel like we were right back there! We like eating the shrimp on rice, with the sauce drizzled on top. A side of sourdough bread and a green salad, and it is one of the best dinners around. My family requests this meal again and again.

The Secret’s in the Sauce

Quick Pro Tip: We like to get the bag of uncooked tail on shrimp from Costco in the frozen section, they are really good and the shells and veins are already removed. So much easier!

As for the sauce, this is really the key to this fantastic Cajun Butter Shrimp recipe. The combination of thyme, turmeric, garlic and cayenne, mingled with the lemon juice makes for such an array of flavors your mouth will definitely be thanking you. One reader suggested slicing up pinwheel lemon slices and using those for flavor and aesthetic appeal in the sauce. Once you spoon it over the shrimp, look out. You’re in for a real treat!

More flavors from the South

If you’re into New Orleans flavor like we are, you might try pairing this Cajun Butter Shrimp with a glass of Mint Julep (Disneyland copycat). Serve the meal with a New Orleans style mini beignet for dessert. Delicious! If you’re looking for shrimp but cooked in another way, the Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets will work out great!

If you love pasta, our Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta is one of the most requested shrimp dinners in our family. More of a sandwich person? Our Shrimp Po’ Boys are also very popular. So many delicious choices! For a shrimp recipe from the other side of the map, try our Shrimp Tempura Sushi Rolls! 

How to Make Cajun Butter Shrimp

Creole Butter Shrimp in a white bowl with bread on the side.

Cajun Butter Shrimp

5 from 3 votes
This Cajun Butter Shrimp is so buttery, flavorful, and delicious with the Creole flavors. We couldn't stop popping these and were fighting over the last bites!
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 1 hr 34 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Seafood
Servings 8


  • Outdoor BBQ Grill


For The Butter Sauce:


  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a medium size bowl and add the uncooked shrimp (leave the tail on). Cover the bowl and marinade for 1 hour in the fridge.
  • Remove bowl from fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Use tongs to place marinated shrimp on a plate. Do not discard the sauce!
  • Pour sauce into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  • Grill shrimp over high heat about 2 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Remove from grill and place in a serving bowl. Pour the butter sauce over the top. Remove tails as you eat.


This recipe was adapted from the Weber’s Big Book of Grilling.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 532mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 960IUVitamin C: 4.4mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    Oh man, these look simply delicious! Now I am really wishing the snow would go away so we could pull out the grill! Dang winter.

  2. WONDERFUL!!!!! So yummy. I think we will make dirty rice next time because we didn’t care for the sauce on the rice. But so good!!!!