This shrimp & peppers Cajun skillet is great all by itself. And it hit me after I’d made it a couple of times that it would make a mean shrimp fajita too, if thrown into a nice warm tortilla. Barry flips every time I make this–definitely one of his favorites. I make it a little too spicy for the kids so I make sure I’ve got some leftovers for them so I don’t have to be conservative with the jalapeños.
As an aside, we love this blackening seasoning so much that we’ve started making a double batch most of the time…that quantity fits really nicely into a regular sized spice container. For easy storage, I reuse another emptied spice container.
You could tone down the spices if needed – tips for doing that in the recipe below. I love the heat though. It tastes just like I imagined one of Justin Wilson’s dishes would have when I watched him with Pappaw as a kid. Enjoy! ~Robin
Four Sisters Dish blackening seasoning (see recipe below)
12 oz. frozen container of deveined, peeled shrimp
3 T. olive oil, extra virgin, Divided (EVOO)
8 The Little Potato Company baby boomer fresh creamer potatoes, quartered
1 white onion, cut into 1” wedges
1 T. minced garlic (I use Spice World brand when I use jarred garlic – or fresh if it’s handy).
1 jalapeño pepper (slice into rings, then half the rings*)
1 bell pepper, green, cut into 1” chunks
2 bell peppers, red, cut into 1” chunks
1 tsp. garlic salt (sprinkle over veggies before add shrimp back to skillet)
Ingredients for Four Sisters Dish blackening seasoning:
1 3/4 tsp. light brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. garlic salt
½ to 1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (1 ½ tsp. is VERY hot – most will want ½ tsp. — or 1 tsp. if you want to go pretty spicy. I love spicy food but 1 1/2 was almost too hot for me – tissues needed nearby.)
2 T. paprika (smoked paprika if making for lighter fish fillets; regular paprika for all other meats, shrimp included)
- Thaw shrimp; then pat to dry. Set aside.
- Mix up blackening seasoning (using regular paprika), stirring together all ingredients. Set aside.
- Begin heating a T. of EVOO in a skillet on medium heat.
- Coat a plate well with the Four Sisters Dish blackening seasoning. Place shrimp on the plate, then sprinkle the tops with the spice mixture as well so both sides are coated.
- Cook small shrimp on medium heat for 8 minutes (do not stir or they’ll lose the seasoning), turning to the other side halfway through cook time. When fully cooked, set aside.
- Do not wipe out the pan. The spices will help season your vegetables.
- Add remaining 2 T. of EVOO to the pan. Then add potatoes and onion; then lightly sprinkle them with blackening seasoning too (just to add a little flavor, not to coat them). Cook for 5 minutes.
- While the potatoes and onion cook, carefully remove the tails from your shrimp (be sure it’s cool enough before attempting).
- After potatoes and onions have cooked for five minutes, increase heat to medium-high and add jalapeño, bell peppers, & minced garlic. Sprinkle vegetables with 1 tsp. of garlic salt. Cook for 9-11 minutes on medium-high heat until vegetables are seared and have picked up some of the spice flavors. Be sure potatoes can be cut easily with a fork as well.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add shrimp back to pan, cooking another minute or just until shrimp is heated well.
Weight Watchers Info.: 4 SmartPoints per serving; serves 5 (serving size: 1.5 cups).
*You could seed, then mince the jalapeño to make it less spicy. However, if you don’t like things at all spicy, you could also use less than the whole pepper or none at all.