Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cajun Grilled Shrimp Salad + Bayou Boogie

With upper 70 degree temperatures forecasted for most of the week in Cajun country, I have been on a grilling binge. Today was gorgeous and I bought 5 lbs. of shrimp that were on sale at my favorite seafood market. I grilled up 2 lbs. for salads and shared  these babies with a friend, for lunch. So easy and out of this world, cher! The other 3 lbs. are going in a crab and shrimp etouffee that I am making tonight for company. Click here to see the etouffee recipe.

Cajun Grilled Shrimp Salad

2 lbs. large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails left on
2 tbs.'s Cajun seasoning
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 tsp. dried thyme
Tabasco to taste
Cajun Butter Sauce (recipe below)

Place shrimp in a shallow pan and squeeze lemon juice on shrimp and season with Cajun seasoning and Tabasco.
Baste shrimp with some of the butter sauce, and set aside for 10 minutes.

Arrange shrimp on skewers or in grill pan in a single layer. Grill on medium heat about 5 minutes on each side. Baste shrimp often with remaining sauce.

Remove from grill and arrange on top of a big tossed salad. Cest bon, cher!  Enjoy!

Cajun Butter Sauce

1 stick butter, melted
1/2  tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, (optional)
1 tbs. chopped fresh  parsley
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Combine all in small bowl and set aside.


1  head romaine lettuce, rinsed and chopped
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 pkg. grape tomatoes
1 cucumber, diced
Any other veggies you like
Shredded cheese (optional)

And I like to top this fabulous salad off with my Jalapeno Ranch Dressing. Divine!

Jalapeno Ranch Dressing / Dip

1 (1/4) cups, no-fat buttermilk 
3/4 cup light mayo
1 tbs. Creole or Dijon mustard
2 tsp.'s white wine vinegar
2 tbs.'s  lemon juice 
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tbs. fresh parsley, minced
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
Salt to taste

Whisk ingredients together in the order given,  in a mixing bowl. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator, for up to one week. Shake well before each use.

Note: For dip, reduce buttermilk to 1/2 cup 

I'll be sharing these at~

Bayou Boogie

Here's a little clip of some hot Cajun dancin' going on at the Sunday afternoon dance at Whiskey River Landing, in Henderson, Louisiana. Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin' Cajuns were rockin' the crowd. Grab a cold drink, crank it up, and let the good times roll, cher! Cheers! Wishing ya'll a fun and fantastic weekend! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Linda Starr said...

I never try shrimp on the grill I just might give your recipe a whirl, it sounds delicious.

kitchen flavours said...

The shrimp looks delicious! Looks wonderful with the salad!
Enjoy your boogie! Wish you a lovely weekend!

Pam said...

Yum! Your shrimp looks delicious! Can't wait until we can get the grill out here and try shrimp on it. Love that rockin' Cajun music and dancing. That couple with the gal in pink really know their way around the dance floor! Thanks for the video and recipe too!

Eddie said...

Love your shrimps!! and agree with Pam about the cowboy and cowgirl are fantastic dancers. Wish I could do it LOL.

Have a great weekend ~ Eddie

PS I am thinking of returning to BlogLand soon.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Love your shrimps!! and agree with Pam about the cowboy and cowgirl are fantastic dancers. Wish I could do it LOL.

Have a great weekend ~ Eddie

PS I am thinking of returning to BlogLand soon.

Cloudia said...

shrimp and dancin!

Aloha from Waikiki
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rosaria said...

Simple and fast! Now, with that dancing, you need another plate!

Magic of Spice said...

Jalapeno Ranch Dip...yes please! The shrimp looks fantastic! I need to do some grilling myself :)
Hope you are having a great weekend!

sussah said...

A shrimp binge sounds pretty innocent & wholesome, think I'll go there with you! have fun, & thanks, sp

Michelle said...

What a great lunch! That butter sauce...oh my.

Thanks for linking this with See Ya In the Gumbo. Shrimp recipes are always appreciated ;-)

Boatdrinks said...

Thanks for sharing my Whiskey River video...hope your readers enjoy it.

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Carmen Anderson said...

I love Shrimps! If you have time, come visit my blog, you will see it is my favorite ingredient!!!!! This recipe sounds absolutely delicious, I will definitely try it soon! ( P.S Great Blog, I love your photos!!!!! )

Miz Helen said...

Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
Miz Helen