Zach and I love Joe’s Crab Shack. What we don’t love is paying for Joe’s Crab Shack. (That stuff’s expensive, man.)
So last week, Kroger had some fresh shrimp on Manager’s Special (SCORE!) and we decided to try making our own Joe’s Crab Shack bucket. Except without all the butter. And we don’t have a steamer, so we had to make due. 😛 (There was a lot of improvisation here, guys.)
It didn’t turn out quite the way I hoped, but it was still tasty. See…Zach and I don’t eat spicy food. So what possessed me to try Cajun instead of just regular seafood seasoning is beyond me. Here’s the thing about not eating spicy food: when you never eat it, that means everything that’s relatively spicy to a normal human being will be Mega Death Punch spicy to you. Because you’re not used to it.
So as Zach and I ate our delicious, delicious Cajun shrimp basket…we also cried. A lot. But it did a very good job of clearing out my sinuses, which had been bothering me for a few days. So I consider it a win.
FYI, I got the seasoning recipe here.
What you’ll need:
- 1/4 lb fresh shrimp
- 3 red potatoes
- 4 chicken sausages
- 2 tbsps salt
- 2 tsps cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp ground white pepper
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
Step 01: Boil your shrimp, potatoes, and sausages. I suggest boiling them separately and then, as each one is finished, putting them in an oven-safe bowl and keeping them in there until everything is finished. The shrimp only needed to boil for 5 minutes (boil it until it’s pink and floating), while the potatoes needed about half an hour. If you don’t prepare yourself, things might start to cool down on you…and that would be disappointing.
Step 02: Mix your seasonings together in a small container.
I felt like I was making one of those sand sculptures.
Step 03: Cover everything in the bowl with the seasoning.
Serve and enjoy!
If you enjoy spicy food, you’ll really like this.
I, on the other hand, really wish I had gone with something milder. I forgot how spicy Cajun was. (I make this mistake every few years. I think I can handle it…and I really, really can’t.)
It was very good, though. Quite tasty. I’m looking forward to making something similar again. 🙂