Healthy Blackened Shrimp Skillet

Blackened pan-seared shrimp mixed with bell peppers is ready in just a few minutes! Our Healthy Blackened Shrimp Skillet is perfect over a salad, rice, or quinoa. With only 5 ingredients, this is a great dinner-time win because of minimal prep work AND it’s all made in one pan, making clean up a cinch!

Our Healthy Blackened Shrimp Skillet on a bed of rice in a white bowl.

I am lucky to say that my children are adventurous eaters. They love sushi, oysters, seafood, steak… you name it! I know that’s not always the case for most people. A lot of times, my kids will request different things for dinner. My soon recently asked for some shrimp, but didn’t want “sauce” on it. So after trial and error…(either too much seasoning, or not great flavor) I came up with this! It’s not too spicy because we use our own blackened seasoning, it’s not smothered in a sauce, and it’s great over angel hair pasta or some warm rice! Two great aspects to boot: EASY clean up and healthy!

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BLACKENED SEASONINGCAJUN SEASONING, AND CREOLE SPICE?

Cajun Seasoning tends to be the spiciest with strong falvors of cayenne pepper. Creole seasoning often has a variety of herbs mixed in but can be super salty. Blackened Seasoning is a spice blend that tends to fall directly in the middle of the other two.

WHAT DOES “BLACKENING” MEAN?

Blackening is a cooking technique used in the preparation of primarily fish but can be used for other meats as well. It is often associates with cajun cuisine. Food is usually dipped in butter and then sprinkled with a mixture of herbs. Most often, it is cooked in a super hot cast-iron skillet. The characteristic brown-black color of the crust results from a combination of browned milk solids from the butter and charred spices. And that’s how it got the name ‘blackening’!

The ingredients for our Healthy Blackened Shrimp Skillet

Ingredients for our Healthy Blackened Shrimp Skillet:

How to make our Healthy Blackened Shrimp Skillet:

First step, clean and take tails off of shrimp. If frozen, make sure they are thawed before using. Next, add 1 tablespoon of blackened seasoning to the shrimp and fully coat.

A bowl of raw shrimp with blackened seasoning on top.

Dice the bell peppers into small, bite-sized pieces. You will have a little over 2 cups of bell peppers total. Dice up about 1/4 cup of green onions.

Cutting board with diced bell peppers and diced green onions on top.

Add all of the vegetables to the skillet and 1 tablespoon of blackened seasoning. Cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes, until peppers are tender, but not too soft.

Green and red bell peppers and green onions in a skillet with blackening seasoning on top.

Slide the vegetables off to one side of the pan. Add the seasoned shrimp to the skillet and stir constantly, cooking until the shrimp are no long translucent, but pink. This will take about 3-5 minutes.

Cooked peppers and onions pushed to the side of a skillet.

Once shrimp are fully cooked, fully combine all the ingredients.

Our Healthy Blackened Shrimp Skillet all cooked before being served.

Serve and enjoy! This goes amazing over a bed of rice or angel hair pasta. You can also wrap them up in a tortilla or place over a beautiful green salad.

Our Healthy Blackened Shrimp Skillet on a bed of rice in a white bowl.

Want to make this kid-friendly?? Use our Homemade Blackened Seasoning. It has great flavor without the spicy kick that kids don’t always go for. This dish is versatile and can be consumed in so many different ways. It comes together in less than 20 minutes making it a great week-night go-to!

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Yield: 4-6 Servings

Healthy Blackened Shrimp Skillet

Our Healthy Blackened Shrimp Skillet on some white rice in a white bowl on a table.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb medium shrimp
  • 3 teaspoons homemade blackened seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup green onions, diced

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl add the shrimp and 2 teaspoons of blackening seasoning. Stir to combine. Set aside.
    2. In a skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, all bell peppers, green onions and 1 teaspoons of blackening seasoning. Saute for 8-10 minutes.
    3. When vegetables are tender, push to the side and pour in shrimp.
    4. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until no longer translucent.
    5. Combine all ingredients and serve. We place on a bed of rice, quinoa, or over angel hair pasta.
    6. Enjoy!





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