everyday food made simple

When you find a good recipe, it never hurts to make it again… right?

Our dry-rubbed ribeye steaks from a few months back was such a success that we decided to make it again tonight to kick-start the weekend. Except this time we decided to be fancy and make some grilled shrimp to make a surf-and-turf instead.

Wooo… fancy, eh?

We’ve never made shrimp on the grill before, so it was a first for us.

We decided on some spicy Cajun rubbed shrimp with a spicy chipotle mayonnaise dipping sauce.

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It sounds fancy, but it’s actually quite simple to make. If you like shrimp and you like spicy dipping sauces, there’s no excuse why you shouldn’t try this out this summer!

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cajun shrimp with spicy chipotle mayonnaise
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For the shrimp
  1. 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined with tail on
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  4. 1/2 tablespoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  5. 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
For the mayonnaise
  1. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  2. 2 canned chipotles in adobo sauce
  3. 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  4. Juice of 1/4 lime
For the shrimp
  1. Soak bamboo skewers in water. In the meantime, get your charcoal grill ready so it's nice and hot.
  2. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with olive oil, brown sugar, Cajun seasoning, and chopped chipotle peppers so all the shrimp are evenly coated with seasoning.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. With 3-4 shrimp per skewer, cook on grill over direct heat, about 1-2 minutes per side, or until they turn pink, turning once or twice (we cooked ours for 1.5 minutes per side and they were perfectly done).
For mayonnaise sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend. Transfer to a small bowl and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. Depending on taste, you can add more or less chipotle peppers to your seasoning & mayonnaise sauce. Our mayo turned out to be a little spicier than what I thought, but it was still quite delicious.
Adapted from Scrumpdillyicious
Adapted from Scrumpdillyicious
Simple Everyday Food http://www.simpleeverydayfood.com/
Even though my steak tasted amazing, the star on my plate was definitely the shrimp. They were succulent, juicy, flavorful, spicy all at the same time.

We threw some russet potatoes in the oven for a quick side of (unhealthy) carbs.

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The chilled mayo dipping sauce can play tricks on your palate though – just when you think the chilled mayo was going to balance out the hot spiciness of the shrimp, you taste the kick of the chipotle peppers in the sauce. Although spicy, they were super addicting. These would be great for either a side dish (like we did), or as an appetizer if you have a group of people over for a cookout this summer.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Scrumpdillyicious

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