This easy recipe for blackened shrimp comes together fast! Seasoned with a simple homemade cajun-style spice mix, the shrimp are smoky, savory, and so good! The recipe works well with fresh and frozen shrimp. Add the seasoned shrimp to tacos, salads, bowls, and more – the options are endless.

Horizontal overhead image of blackened shrimp in a skillet with chopped cilantro sprinkled on top and a spoon like it's scooping some shrimp out.

How to cook shrimp on the stovetop

Cooking shrimp on the stove top is really, really easy! And fast!

  • Set your pan to medium high heat and add some oil.
  • Cover the shrimp all over with the blackened shrimp dry rub.
  • When the pan is hot, add your shrimp and sear it on each side for just 1-2 minutes.
  • That’s it! You’ll know your shrimp is done when it’s got a pinkish color throughout.

We love making this recipe in our enameled cast iron pan, it’s perfect for searing shrimp and heats up quickly.

Really, we love shrimp just about any way. Some of our favorites are garlic butter shrimp and cilantro lime shrimp skewers.

Looking for more? Check out all of our shrimp and seafood recipes!

The Blackened Shrimp Spice Mix

You’ll likely already have all the seasonings in your spice drawer or cabinet. The combination of savory, smoky and spicy are just right. Here’s what we used.

  • Sea salt
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne (you can use more or less of this to achieve your desired level of spicy)

Related – Check out this post about 10 easy DIY spice blends and find a new favorite.

Overhead vertical image of blackened shrimp in a skillet with fresh chopped cilantro sprinkled on top and a spoon like it's scooping shrimp out.

How to Cook Frozen Shrimp

Forgot to thaw out your shrimp ahead of time? No worries, here’s how to make this recipe with frozen shrimp:

  1. Place frozen shrimp in a colander and rinse it with cold water for about 1 minute.
  2. Drain and place the shrimp on a paper towel lined plate and pat dry.
  3. Drizzle the shrimp with a little oil and sprinkle on the blackened shrimp spice mix to coat.
  4. Cook in a hot skillet for 4-5 minutes per side, or until completely pink throughout.
Overhead vertical image of shrimp in  a bowl with roasted red and yellow peppers, avocado, lime wedges and fresh cilantro. Skillet with extra shrimp on the side as well as black pepper, cilantro and lime wedges.

What to serve with blackened shrimp

You can pair this shrimp recipe with just about anything. Here are some of the ways we like to use shrimp.

  • Pair it with any veggies, greens and rice for a bowl meal. Use the rice of your preference – white or cauliflower rice are our go-to’s.
  • Top a salad with this blackened shrimp.
  • Throw it in some leftover soup.
  • Make shrimp tacos with corn or grain-free tortillas, like Siete.
  • Make nachos topped with shrimp. We use grain-free tortilla chips, like Siete or Late July.

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Time to try this easy blackened shrimp recipe

Got a busy week ahead, make this blackened shrimp for a quick and nearly effortless dinner! Use it for tacos, salads or serve it with some rice, whatever you’re in the mood for.

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Quick & Easy One Pan Blackened Shrimp

Made on the stovetop, this blackened shrimp recipe comes fast. The cajun-style shrimp seasoning is smoky, spicy, and so good!


  • 1 lb (453.59 g) jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp (2 tbsp) avocado oil

For the seasoning:

  • 1 tsp (1 tsp) smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp (1 tsp) oregano
  • 1/2 tsp (1/2 tsp ) thyme
  • 1/4 tsp (1/4 tsp) sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1/4 tsp) black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp (1/4 tsp) onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1/4 tsp) garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1/4 tsp) cayenne pepper, (more or less, to desired level of spicy)


  • Prepare the seasoning mix by adding the ingredients to a bowl or jar and mixing.
  • Rinse shrimp and pat dry with a paper towel. Add the shrimp to a bowl or plate and season with the seasoning mix. Toss to coat the shrimp evenly.
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add avocado oil. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add the shrimp. Cook, searing the shrimp on both sides for just 1-2 minutes per side.
  • Remove the shrimp from heat and serve.

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  • See notes in the post above for making this recipe with frozen shrimp.
  • Nutrition facts are per serving and an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosure here.
Calories: 178kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Fiber: 1g
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