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Southern Cuisine: Cajun Grilled Shrimp Recipe - Quick, Easy, and Delicious!

Updated on September 7, 2011

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I love seafood! This is a great grilled shrimp recipe. It's quick and easy, but your dinner guests will think they're eating at some great New Orleans restaurant. It's so simple that you can easily prepare it for the family after a hard day on the job, especially if you use shrimp that are already peeled and deveined, or if you do that yourself the night before. A gas grill will also cut your cooking time. These are even great on a George Foreman grill - and super quick!

The marriage of the smoky bacon and the spices work their magic with the delicate flavor of fresh shrimp. Shrimp often tend to dry out on the grill, but in this case, the bacon keeps them moist and juicy! For this grilled shrimp recipe, get the largest shrimp you can find!

What you'll need:

24 raw jumbo shrimp or prawns

commercially prepared dry Cajun seasoning mix

12 thin slices of hickry smoked bacon, cut in half lengthwise

4 wooden skewers

Soak the wooden skewers in water for two hours to keep them from burning. Place a plate or other object on the skewers so that they won't float.

If your shrimp aren't already peeled and deveined, do it yourself. Split the shrimp lengthwise, cutting ALMOST all the way through. Leave the tails on. Rinse the shrimp in water, making sure to remove the entire vein. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels. Generously sprinkle the Cajun spice mix in the cavity of the shrimp.

Wrap each shrimp with 1/2 slice of bacon. Thread shrimp on wooden skewers - six shrimp per skewer.

Cook the shrimp over medium-hot coals, a gas grill, or an indoor grill like a Foreman. When the bacon is brown and the shrimp are pink, they're done. This will take only a few minutes.

Serve the skewers over yellow rice, red rice, or rice pilaf. This is also great served with red beans and rice. Add a tossed salad and some garlic bread, and you have a complete meal!

This recipe serves four, but if you're entertaining guests, you can easily double, triple, or quadruple the recipe. Just figure about six jumbo shrimp per person. This is a wonderful recipe for parties and cookouts - easy entertaining at its best!

NOTE: These shrimp are great all by themselves, but for a tasty dipping sauce, check out my recipe for Japanese yum-yum sauce:


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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hello, habee, another lovely recipe. Thanks for the hub and sharing.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      pictures! need pictures!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I'll take some pics next time I make them. Thanks for visiting!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, HH. These are REALLY good!

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      Nemingha 7 years ago

      These sound lovely but, although I like small prawns, I really don't like eating the large ones. Okay, so I know it's weird but...

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      No, I understand what you mean. But really, the big ones are good like this!

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Ummm..Ummm..Ummm...I love shrimp and I love bacon...squirt a little lime juice with that Cajun sprinkle...Oh Yeah !!

      I wonder if the bacon would work with frog legs...Ya' think ?...

      Thanks habee...solved another weekend what-to-make-for-the-kids BBQ...Larry

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Can I come - for shrimp, not froglegs. EWWW!!

      Thanks for visiting, Larry!

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      Mark Knowles 7 years ago

      Shrimp? Froglegs? Not a lot of difference. lol

      Great recipe :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, Mark - I'm really honored that the legend of HP would take time to stop by! Thanks!!

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      sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      That sounds so great!

      I love Cajun anything!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      These are really good, Saber. Try 'em!

      Thanks for reading!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Habee, Sounds tasty, I must try this! Thanks for sharing, Blessings!

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      You have inspired me. I'm going to make these shrimp for my son and daughter-in-law. I'll serve it with your yum yum sauce. My daughter-in-law is a very good cook, so she'll enjoy my find with your recipes.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sheila, these are SO good!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Deb, I think you'll like it!

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      masescobar 6 years ago

      Great recepies....Greatings from Honduras

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Nice to meet you, Masescobar!

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