Brenda Gantt

Spicy Shrimp Skewers are a delectable seafood delight that captures the essence of Southwestern cuisine. Created by Dwayne Veretto from Roswell, New Mexico, this recipe showcases the tantalizing combination of fresh herbs and Cajun seasoning, enhancing the succulent shrimp. Served with a spicy butter sauce, these shrimp skewers can be enjoyed as a delightful entree or served as appetizers for any gathering.

The marinade, featuring a flavorful blend of canola oil, finely chopped onion, Cajun seasoning, minced garlic, ground cumin, and minced fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme, infuses the large shrimp with bold and aromatic flavors. Marinating the shrimp for 1-2 hours allows the ingredients to meld together, creating a delicious and satisfying seafood dish.

Accompanying the shrimp skewers is the mouthwatering spicy butter sauce, a combination of melted butter, minced fresh basil and tarragon, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and a hint of hot pepper sauce. This buttery goodness adds a delightful kick to the succulent shrimp, elevating the dish to new heights of deliciousness.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined

 

SPICY BUTTER:

  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 drops hot pepper sauce

 

PREPARATIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Place the shrimp in a large resealable plastic bag; add half of the marinade. Seal the bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Cover and refrigerate the remaining marinade for basting.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the spicy butter ingredients; heat until the butter is melted. Keep warm.
  3. Drain and discard the marinade. Thread the marinated shrimp onto eight metal or soaked wooden skewers. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat for 2-4 minutes on each side or until the shrimp turns pink, basting once with the reserved marinade. Serve with spicy butter.

 

YIELD: 8 servings

 

PREP/TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes (plus marinating and grilling time)

 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Soak wooden skewers in water for about 30 minutes before threading the shrimp to prevent them from burning during grilling.

 

TIPS:

  • For an extra kick of spiciness, you can add more hot pepper sauce to the spicy butter.
  • Serve the shrimp skewers with a side of rice or a refreshing salad to complete the meal.

 

Spicy Shrimp Skewers are a delightful culinary creation that brings the vibrant flavors of Southwestern cuisine to your dinner table. Crafted by Dwayne Veretto from Roswell, New Mexico, this recipe combines fresh herbs and Cajun seasoning to enhance the succulent large shrimp, creating a tantalizing seafood experience.

The marinade, with its delightful blend of canola oil, finely chopped onion, Cajun seasoning, minced garlic, and a hint of fresh cumin, rosemary, and thyme, infuses the shrimp with robust and aromatic flavors. Marinating the shrimp allows the ingredients to meld together, creating a harmonious medley that tantalizes the taste buds.

Accompanying the shrimp skewers is the mouthwatering spicy butter sauce, a luscious combination of melted butter, minced fresh basil and tarragon, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and a touch of hot pepper sauce. This buttery goodness adds a delightful kick to the succulent shrimp, elevating the dish to new heights of deliciousness.

Spicy Shrimp Skewers can be served as a delightful entree for a satisfying seafood dinner or as flavorful appetizers for any gathering or party. The combination of bold flavors and succulent shrimp ensures that you’ll love them either way.

As you grill the shrimp skewers over medium heat, the tantalizing aroma of the marinade and spices fills the air, adding to the anticipation of the flavorful feast ahead. Basting the shrimp with the reserved marinade ensures that each bite is infused with the delectable taste of the Southwestern-inspired marinade.

So, whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply looking for a delicious seafood dish, Spicy Shrimp Skewers are a fantastic choice. They bring the authentic taste of the Southwest to your plate, inviting you to savor the delightful combination of fresh herbs, Cajun seasoning, and succulent shrimp, all complemented by the mouthwatering spicy butter sauce.

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