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How to Make Grilled Cajun Shrimp

grilled shell on cajun shrimp sprinkled with Italian parsley on a white plate

Grilled peel and eat cajun shrimp is the recipe that you and your family will be craving all summer long. The succulent shrimp are a healthy, delicious option that you can prepare in under 30 minutes.

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Cooking shrimp with the shell-on, especially when grilling or making a shrimp cocktail, adds an additional depth of flavor to the shrimp imparted by the shell. Leaving the shell on also shields the shrimp from the intense heat of the grill, protecting them from drying out or overcooking and keeping the shrimp nice and juicy.

This recipe is deliciously simple with just 5 ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cajun seasoning, fresh lime, fresh Italian Parsley, and of course the star of the show – Naked Raw EZ Peel Shrimp.

Our Naked Shrimp are sustainable and chemical-free with no additives, preservatives, or phosphates. This product is also deveined, so no need to do that at home!


Seafood has a reputation for being healthy, and this is especially true for shrimp. These tiny crustaceans are packed with several nutrients that can boost health, such as omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.

You may have heard that shrimp has a relatively high cholesterol content, and that’s true. A 3-ounce (85-gram) serving contains 161 mg of cholesterol. However, this is primarily dietary cholesterol, which studies have shown is not “bad” for you on its own.The confusion comes because most foods with significant amounts of dietary cholesterol are also high in saturated fat. However, shrimp do not contain high levels of saturated fat like other foods high in cholesterol, such as various cuts of beef or pork.

When enjoyed in moderation, shrimp is a health-conscious choice packed with vitamins, minerals, and calcium that can support a healthy lifestyle. This is why the American Heart Association encourages eating more shrimp and fish to lower cholesterol.

Check out our Cajun Grilled Shrimp recipe breakdown video below!


Grilled peel and eat cajun shrimp is surprisingly simple to whip up. As we said, it’s best to keep the shells on when you can because it results in a more flavorful, succulent shrimp.

Seafood, in general, can be cooked quickly. The same is true for shrimp, which can easily be cooked through on the grill in under 10 minutes.

When it comes to grilling shrimp, here are some tips to keep in mind:

    • Choose jumbo or colossal-size shrimp that are easier to grill
    • Make sure your shrimp are thawed and patted dry at room temperature before grilling to ensure they are cooked evenly
    • Skewer your shrimp on metal or wood skewer (that’s been soaked in water) for easy grilling
    • Preheat your grill to 350-450°F, or medium heat
    • Shrimp cook quickly over direct heat, cook them for 3-4 minutes on each side


Whenever you purchase shrimp, it’s best to make sure it’s still “fresh” (though most shrimp is sold frozen, and that’s okay!). The shell is often a dead giveaway on if your shrimp should be eaten or passed over. The shells should all have a firm and glossy appearance without any black spots or yellowing. Discoloration can be a sign that the shrimp wasn’t properly stored.

And like with other seafood, if your shrimp smells overly fishy or like a rotten egg, it’s definitely past its prime.


When purchasing shrimp, it’s important to be sure you are buying a natural, chemical-free product. Shrimp is notorious for being treated with chemicals and soaked in water to it becomes larger and be sold for a higher price.

This prevents the shrimp from cooking properly and changes the flavor profile and texture of the shrimp, resulting in a chemical flavor and rubbery texture. By contrast, our chemical-free Naked Shrimp boasts a crisp texture and clean flavor profile.

The best way to ensure you are buying a natural, clean shrimp product is to check the ingredient label for any phosphates, the most common being sodium tripolyphosphate. Avoid this when you see this on any ingredient label.

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Shrimp are delicious on their own, but their subtle sweet and salty flavor profile also complements a variety of ingredients. You can season them to your taste with simple black pepper, salt, and spices, or go all-out with a marinade of your choice.

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In just 20 minutes (or less) you can be noshing on these spicy, smoky, tender grilled shrimp fresh off the grill. This easy recipe is a simple and fun BBQ dish!

Grilled peel and eat shrimp is a great recipe even if you’re not a confident chef. Try your hand at grilling this summer with this easy cajun grilled shrimp recipe and impress your family and friends.

Servings: 3 people

Keywords: Cajun, Grilled, Shrimp

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins




  • 1 lb. bag 16/20 EZ Peel Naked Shrimp thawed and patted dry
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 2 each Limes juiced
  • Fresh Italian Parsley chopped


  1. Prepare a charcoal grill or preheat your gas grill to medium high heat and scrape clean.
  2. Place shrimp on grill over direct heat, evenly spaced, for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Flip shrimp over and move onto indirect heat (not directly over the flame). Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove shrimp from grill into a large bowl.
  5. Add a hearty drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive oil (approx. ¼ cup), about 2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning, and the juice of 2 freshly squeezed limes.
  6. Mix well. Plate and garnish with fresh chopped Italian parsley.
  7. Peel shells before eating and enjoy!