Cajun Grilled Shrimp with BBQ Sauce

.I love when a picture says everything all by itself.  I mean, how GOOD does this look?  The best part is that it actually tastes better than it looks.  Your favorite part will be that it takes about 10 minutes from beginning to end.

Cajun Grilled Shrimp Recipe

I love discovering recipes that are tasty, easy and impressive.  So many people love shrimp, and nobody I know ever grills them.  So this is always a fun one to surprise people with as an appetizer when they come over, while they’re waiting for the main dish to be ready.

I’m lucky – one of my best friends happens to be a certified chef and he regularly gives me batches of his famous “Chef J’s Crazy Cajun Spice“, amongst other delectable treats that find their way into my home…oh how I look forward to Chef J stop by’s…

But you’re lucky too, because he shared the recipe and I shared it with you HERE.  You’re welcome.

How to Prepare the Shrimp

For this recipe you can use fresh shrimp or frozen – doesn’t really matter.  I usually buy frozen 2 pound bags of shrimp that are 16-20 size. You can use larger shrimp if you like but try not to go smaller.

Make sure the shrimp is thawed, de-veined, shell and tail removed.

Toss the peeled shrimp four tablespoons of melted butter mixed with 2 tablespoons of Cajun Seasoning.

Cajun Seasoning Mix

  • 4 tbs paprika
  • 1 tbs black pepper
  • 1 tbs cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1 tbs gran garlic
  • 1 tbs onion powder
  • 1 tbs kosher or sea salt
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp white sugar

Grill The Cajun Shrimp

This recipe is adapted from Chef J…who prepares them on a stove, not a grill.  But why would I use a stove when my Weber is just sitting out there, lonely as can be?

Set up your grill for direct high heat and place the seasoned shrimp in a perforated veggie tray.

Shrimp being grilled

Place the veggie tray over direct heat and cook the shrimp for about 5 minutes. Lightly toss the shrimp every minute to ensure even cooking.

As soon as they turn that pretty orange color – they’re done.  You can see the difference in cooked/uncooked color in the above picture.

Tossing the shrimp in Cajun sauce

Dump the cooked shrimp in a bowl and toss with your delicious BBQ Cajun Sauce you prepared and you are DONE.  If you like shrimp and like a kick, you will love this BBQ Cajun shrimp recipe.  It represents everything that is right with BBQ, seafood, and simplicity of preparation.

Grilled shrimp in Cajun bbq sauce

Cajun Shrimp Recipe

Cajun Grilled Shrimp with BBQ Sauce

A quick and easy way to put some serious flavor on your shrimp!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 274 kcal


  • 2 dozen shrimp-uncooked shell and tail removed.
  • 1 tbs Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/2 stick butter

For Sauce

  • 3/4 c Award Winning BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tbs Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Frank's Hot Sauce


  • Melt the butter and mix with cajun seasoning.
  • Toss in the shrimp and stir around so all pieces are coated.
  • Dump them in a veggie tray and cook over direct heat for about 5 minutes - until color is orange.
  • Dump them in a bowl and toss with BBQ Cajun Sauce.
Keyword Grilled Cajun Shrimp

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