Thursday, September 27, 2012

Louisiana Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle Mayonnaise





While shrimp may be small in size, they're huge in terms of nutritional value. A rich source of lean protein, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, shrimp are low in fat and calories and are also carb-free. A fiery twist on the Creole classic, these Spicy Louisiana Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle Mayonnaise are positively bursting with flavour with a zingy combination of Cajun seasoning, chipotle peppers, a little brown sugar and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Allowed to marinate for at least an hour before either being baked, sautéed or grilled on the barbecue, these Spicy Cajun Shrimp are a quick, easy and delicious appetizer to enjoy anytime with drinks, especially when served with a bowl of rich and creamy Chipotle Mayonnaise.



Spicy Louisiana Cajun Shrimp with Chipotle
Serves 6-8 as an appetizer

1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tail shell intact
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Cajun seasoning - homemade or store bought
1/2 tbsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped

1/2 tsp brown sugar
1 lemon or lime, sliced in wedges for garnish
Salt and pepper, for seasoning



In a large bowl, toss together the shrimp with the olive oil, Cajun seasoning, brown sugar and chopped chipotles in adobo sauce, and mix well to fully coat the shrimp. Cover and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.

Baking: Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread out the marinated shrimp onto a foil-lined baking sheet, and season with salt and pepper. Bake until the shrimp curl up and turn pink, about 10-15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with a garnish of lemon or lime wedges.

Grilling: Preheat an outdoor grill to medium and barbecue shrimp until they curl up and turn pink.

Sautéeing: Preheat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add about 1/2 tablespoon of oil, and once hot add the shrimp, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Cook about 2 minutes per side.





Cajun Spice Mix
Makes 1 cup 

5 tbsp kosher salt
2 tbsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp sweet paprika
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp onion powder


For the Cajun spice mix, stir all ingredients together well in a small bowl to blend. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag for maximum freshness.







Chipotle Mayonnaise
Makes about 1 cup

1 cup mayonnaise
3 canned chipotles in adobo sauce
1 tbsp adobo sauce
1/2 lime, juice

Add all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend. Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to use.