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.

Blackening Spice | Hugs ‘n Kitchen

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.

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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.

Blackened Shrimp | Hugs ‘n Kitchen

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!

Blackening Spice

  • Total Time: 5 minutes

    Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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!)
  2. Depending on how hot you want the mixture to be, adjust your cayenne pepper quantity accordingly.
  3. Store in an airtight spice jar.

For Blackened Shrimp:

  1. Pour some of your blackening spice into a shallow dish and coat shrimp in the spices.
  2. Melt a little bit of butter (about 3-4 Tablespoon per pound of shrimp) over high heat in a skillet.
  3. Add the shrimp to the skillet and turn the heat down to medium.
  4. Cook the shrimp until just cooked-through, about 5 minutes per side depending on how hot your pan is.
  5. Serve over pasta, rice or salad!

One Response to Blackening Spice (and Blackened Shrimp)

  1. Glenn Ekey says:

    Excellent recipe! We loved it!

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