Best-Ever Cajun Boiled Shrimp

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"This recipe was shared by "cajun chef in Louisiana" so you know they must be good! I have made these shrimp countless times, and they always came out perfectly-seasoned and amazingly easy to peal. Don't let the amount of salt fool you- it's there to help release the shrimp meat from the shell, and they do not come out overly salty."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (1415.3 g)
  • Calories 203.3
  • Total Fat - 2.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 285.6 mg
  • Sodium - 8794.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 12.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.7 g
  • Sugars - 3.2 g
  • Protein - 32.5 g
  • Calcium - 192.8 mg
  • Iron - 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 37.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

To 1 gallon of water add sliced lemon, sliced onion, bay leaves and pepper (NOT THE SALT) and boil for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Add the shrimp and boil 3 minutes.

Step 3

Remove from heat and immediately add 2 cups of ice cubes and salt. Let stand 5 minutes then drain. Enjoy!

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Bergy (RIP" Forever in our Kitchen)

The end result from this recipe are beautiful succulent shrimp that peel very easily.I'll use this recipe again. I apologize for not taking a photo of everything in the pot but had company and just missed doing it.

(21 Jul 2017)


These really are pretty delicious and the spice is spot on. Though they are awakened with cayenne it's not crazy, craze over the top hot. They were well enjoyed dipped in twissis' diablo butter. Yum! Thx rpgaymer for sharing. Made it for Pick Me tag.

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(22 Jul 2016)