Blackening Spice (and Blackened Shrimp)
We are a huge fan of spicy foods in our house! You will find a collection of hot sauces in our fridge and cabinets, along with chili pepper paste, and a big bottle of cayenne pepper.
I also keep a bottle of my homemade blackening spice handy for when I want to kick the flavor up a notch.
It’s so easy to prepare, and I like to make a double, triple or quadruple batch to store in a spice jar so it’s available whenever we are craving some heat. You can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper based on how spicy you want yours to be.
I love to coat shrimp in this blackening spice, cook over high heat with a little bit of butter, and serve over pasta, on a salad, or over rice with vegetables.
To make blackened shrimp, pour some of your blackening spice into a shallow dish and coat shrimp in the spices. Melt a little bit of butter over high heat in a skillet. Add the shrimp to the skillet and turn the heat down to medium. Cook the shrimp until just cooked-through, about 5 minutes per side depending on how hot your pan is.
You will find endless ways to use this flavorful spice blend – Let me know what tasty creations you come up with!
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1 teaspoon ground basil
- 1 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika (sweet, not smoked)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- In a small bowl combine spices until thoroughly mixed. (I usually make a triple batch to have this on hand for whenever I’m craving it!)
- Depending on how hot you want the mixture to be, adjust your cayenne pepper quantity accordingly.
- Store in an airtight spice jar.
For Blackened Shrimp:
- Pour some of your blackening spice into a shallow dish and coat shrimp in the spices.
- Melt a little bit of butter (about 3-4 Tablespoon per pound of shrimp) over high heat in a skillet.
- Add the shrimp to the skillet and turn the heat down to medium.
- Cook the shrimp until just cooked-through, about 5 minutes per side depending on how hot your pan is.
- Serve over pasta, rice or salad!