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Stirfried Cajun Prawns

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Originating from Louisiana, Cajun seasoning can be used in so many ways. It's made of spices that are common in Cajun cuisine, like paprika, cayenne, and garlic powder. It's easy and simple to make this spice mix yourself with some pantry spices that you most likely already have. It's the perfect thing to liven up some seafood or meat. If you want a spicier mix, add more cayenne pepper or some red chilli pepper flakes.
Cook the prawns in their shells and with heads on often helps them retain moisture as they cook, plus they add extra flavour. However, if you are not accustomed to head- and shell-on prawns and want to enjoy them free of mess, then remove them before marinating.

Cajun Spice Mix
  • 2 tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp Cayenne pepper (more if you want it spicier)
  • 1 tbsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp White pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 1 tsp Dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme leaves
  • 500 g Black tiger prawns, shell and head-on
  • 80 g Herb garlic butter (storebought or homemade)
  • Chilli, Parsley and scallion, chopped, to garnish
  • Lime, cut into wedges, to serve
  1. Place spices and dried herbs in a bowl and stir to combine. Place the prawns in a large bowl and sprinkle over 3 tablespoons of the spice mix. Toss to coat.
  2. Melt the herb garlic butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add prawns and cook, turning, for about 5 minutes or until changed in colour and just cooked through.
  3. Place prawns on a serving platter. Sprinkle with chopped chilli, parsley and scallion. Serve with lime wedges.

© 2021 |

© 2021 |


J.P. Alexander 3/8/21 02:27

Uy adoro los langostinos. Gracias por la receta te mando un beso

Tom 3/8/21 04:01

...looks good and spicy.

gluten Free A_Z Blog 3/8/21 04:02

I'm sure these prawns taste wonderful in the cajun seasoning.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews 3/8/21 07:13

I generally enjoy my prawns ice cold in a salad, or as a snack with a dip.

I have never really thought about eating them cooked before, but I do love Cajun spice mixes and flavours.

I would definitely have to 'undress' them before cooking though, as I can't be doing with the mess of all those shells on the plate. I like to be able to enjoy the food I have on my plate, without having to dissect it first.

Your presentation of this dish does look amazing though! :)

Margaret D 3/8/21 09:06

I bet that tastes nice.

Nancy Chan 3/8/21 09:21

Looks good and delicious.

DEZMOND 3/8/21 10:02

Never had prawns in my life, sadly, even before I went vegetarian, my parents never cooked us sea food, sadly. It does look tasty, though.

Eva Taylor 3/8/21 12:44

We love cajun seasoning, I usually have some in my pantry (homemade, of course). Pairing this flavourful seasoning with prawns looks delicious.

New Classic r 3/8/21 13:00

I am always on the lookout for a quick and tasty shrimp recipe. Thanks for posting this one. I will add it to the rotation.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 3/8/21 13:12

Such a pretty presentation for shrimp with tails love the flavors going on in them stirfry is a favorite!

lea 3/8/21 13:49

Piatto eccezionale! Mi inviti a pranzo? Buona giornata!

foodtravelandwine 3/8/21 14:38

Delicious!....I love your homemade Cajun spices....I make it similar to yours since I never buy the ready-to-go Cajun mix....delicious!!....Abrazotes, Marcela

Brian 3/8/21 15:29

I had something similar when I was in New Orleans, it was quite good!

Ben | Havocinthekitchen 3/8/21 16:21

The shrimp looks and sounds splendid - so flavourful and delicious! Loving your beautiful and light photos too.

Kitchen Riffs 3/8/21 16:22

Love the flavors in this! Definitely my kind of dish -- thanks.

savorthebest 3/8/21 16:57

I love these flavors. This looks fantastic

beyondkimchee 3/8/21 18:51

I love cajun spiced dishes, so this is a perfect dish for shrimp lover like me.

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 3/8/21 18:58

I LOVE all things Cajun so these jumbo prawns are screaming my name! I actually have a tin of homemade Cajun seasoning sitting in my pantry and you can bet I'll be making this recipe with it! Can't wait!!

Gingi 3/8/21 22:03

You had me at cajun!! I'm a fan of Cajun ANYTHING!!! -


We love prawns in this part of the world but I've never cooked them with cajun seasoning. We go more for lemon, chilli and honey etc. Will definitely give them a try this way. Beautiful recipe, thanks Angie

Javier 4/8/21 14:01

I've never cooked prawns with cajun seasoning but I'd like to taste your recipe, looks delicious!

Julie 4/8/21 14:25

Wow!! I feel like grabbing the whole platter, looks so delicious dear.. Am sure these tasted heavenly !!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 4/8/21 18:45

Such an easy, tasty, flavorful meal!! I could even get Bill onboard!!!

Martyna 4/8/21 19:28

I'd like to try this 😊

David 4/8/21 19:54

Angie, Love prawns and Cajun seasoning...the spicier the better. The only problem is, what will my wife have for dinner...these are all mine! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Marissa 4/8/21 20:50

These spicy prawns are exactly what I'm craving right now, Angie! Definitely picking up prawns at our fish monger today!

Raymund 4/8/21 22:37

Definitely the perfect seasoning for prawns!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 5/8/21 20:10

Your prawns look gorgeous! I never see 'head on' shrimp here. I dearly love spicy shrimp!

tigerfish 10/8/21 22:29

I do enjoy head-on shell-on prawns but sometimes, I also like to peel and remove the shells, so that it's mess-free to eat (and the marinade also gets right into the prawns). It just depends on the mood of the day :p

babYpose 7/9/21 17:54

Prawn itself is delicious, adding the above seasonig, make it flavourful. Drooling..

Noob Cook 22/9/21 11:29

I love anything seasoned with cajun as I love spicy foods!


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