Grilled Cajun Shrimp

Memorial Day is a Federal holiday in the U.S., and it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.  But, more importantly, it honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  This holiday was originally known as Decoration Day following the Civil War.  It became an official Federal holiday in 1971.  Many  Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.  Like many cities across the USA, Grand Rapids has an annual Memorial Day Parade.


For our summertime grilling, I often make Grilled Cajun Shrimp.  Grilling gives the shrimp a light smoky flavor that I really like.  This is a very fast and easy recipe to prepare.  I like to serve it with cocktail sauce and with a side of yellow rice or cheesy grits.

Grilled Cajun Shrimp

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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16-24 raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 tbsp olive oil
2-3 tbsp Cajun seasoning

If using wood or bamboo skewers, soak them in water for at least an hour before grilling.

Thread the shrimp on the skewers.  Brush both sides of the shrimp with olive oil and sprinkle them with the Cajun seasoning.

Heat the grill to high heat. Place the shrimp on the grill and cook for about 3 minutes per side with the lid closed. Cook until the shrimp are fully pink. Remove from the grill. Serve with Cocktail Sauce, if desired.  

1.  I used thawed frozen shrimp and McCormick Gourmet Cajun Seasoning.
2.  The shrimp are also perfect for appetizers.

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