Have you been looking everywhere for an excuse to throw some seafood on the grill? Congratulations — you just hit paydirt.
This recipe comes from Chris Cannon, a competitor in the World Food Championships Thrilla at the Grilla contest. It is well-suited for all types of events, from picnics and parties to tailgates and holiday celebrations. It is also surprisingly easy to throw together, even though it looks like you spent hours slaving away. We will never tell anyone that working this cajun grilled shrimp can be done pretty quickly. Your secret is safe with us.
What the Heck Is Jicama?
You will notice that one of the ingredients listed here is jicama, but you may never have crossed paths with this root vegetable. It is considered somewhat unusual in North America, although it is extremely popular in Central America. You can usually find it in larger grocery stores or stores that cater to cooks who make a lot of authentic Mexican recipes.
The texture of the white flesh of jicama is somewhat like a cross between a radish and potato. The flesh can be eaten raw, but be sure to discard the outer shell because it is unsafe for humans to eat. If you have trouble finding jicama in your area, feel free to substitute it with blanched and cooled potatoes that have been cut into cubes or sticks. You may also want to simply add thin slices of radishes instead of jicama.
Pairing Drinks With Cajun Grilled Shrimp
Because this spicy grilled shrimp recipe has a bit of a kick to it, be sure to offer your family and friends many different beverages to go with the meal. For instance, standard beers and even microbrews go well with cajun grilled shrimp. Be careful about serving a beer with too bold a flavor, though, as it might drown out the nuances of your crab stuffed shrimp. Although the seasonings in this recipe are solid, the delicate undertones of the seafood can be drowned out by a heavier beer.
Have wine drinkers coming over? Opt for a lighter white varietal to complement the spicy grilled shrimp recipe and accompanying salad. Fruity wines can be delicious with this dish, as can ones with a bit of spice but not too much intensity.
Of course, you could always make life easier and ask everyone to bring their own beverages. That way, you can concentrate on being the best griller and smoker on the planet!
About the Cajun Grilled Shrimp Recipe Griller
Chris works for a company that helps Veterans while he pursues his passion for BBQ competition.