Mardi Gras starts this weekend in Galveston and we are super excited! To celebrate I made this Cajun shrimp dish. It’s an easy appetizer and also makes good sandwiches too!
Cajun Grilled Shrimp with Spicy Dipping Sauce
(Adapted from Spiced Blog)
For the Cajun Grilled Shrimp
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 Tbsp oregano
1 pound shrimp (16-20 count), peeled and deveined but with tail still on
15-20 mini peppers
Soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling.
In a small bowl, combine all of the spices (salt, garlic powder, paprika, pepper, onion powder, cayenne and oregano).
Rinse shrimp and pat dry with paper towels.
Toss the shrimp in the spice rub until well coated.
Thread the shrimp onto the skewers; set aside. Thread the mini peppers onto separate skewers.
Place grill pan on grill; preheat grill to medium-high.
Place the skewers with the mini peppers on the grill pan and cook for 4-5 minutes.
After several minutes, rotate the mini pepper skewers and add the skewers of shrimp.
Let shrimp grill for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink in color and fully cooked.
Remove shrimp and peppers from the grill and serve hot.
For the Spicy Cajun Dipping Sauce
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp cream-style horseradish sauce
2 tsp ketchup
1 tsp dill pickle juice
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
Using a small bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk together until well combined. (Tip: This
Dipping Sauce will taste better if you make it earlier in the day and then cover it and place it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.)