How to Make Cajun Butter Sauce for Seafood

Do you want to how to make cajun butter sauce for seafood? I love to serve this recipe to guests.

This is such a flavorful sauce that I’ve prepared with shrimp however you can make it with any fresh seafood.

white serving bowl with cajun butter sauce and shrimp

The spicy cajun garlic butter sauce can be mopped up with crusty french bread. This spicy sauce also encourages an extra sip of a cold beer or a crisp white wine.

Who doesn’t love that?

white bowl with cajun shrimp in butter sauce with French bread

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Spicy Cajun Seafood in Rich Butter Sauce

Spicy Cajun Seafood in Rich Butter Sauce

Cajun Butter Garlic Sauce with Seafood
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: Cajun Butter Sauce, Cajun Seafood, cajun shrimp, creole shrimp, spicy shrimp
Servings: 2 servings


  • large saute pan
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • prep bowls
  • Colander


Homemade Cajun Seasoning Mix

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano


  • 1 lb Seafood with Shells I used shrimp but lobster tails are a great alternative
  • 1-1/2 sticks butter, divided 1 stick room temperature and the other 1/2 stick cut into 1 tbsp pieces and kept cold in the refrigerator or freezer
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup beer, room temperature


  • Rinse the seafood in a colander with cold water and let drain.
  • In a small bowl combine the spice mixture ingredients.
  • Add 1 stick of butter, spice mixture, garlic, and Worcestershire Sauce into a large saute pan over high heat. When the butter is melted, add the shrimp and shake the pan in a back-and-forth motion instead of stirring for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth and then the remaining butter one tbsp at a time as each melts, and continue to shake the pan back and forth for 2 more minutes total. Add the beer and shake for one more minute.
  • Serve the shrimp immediately in bowls with lots of French bread to dip in the sauce.
  • This can be served with grits, red potatoes, and/or sweet corn


You can use fresh herbs instead of dry, just double the amounts.
You can double or triple the seasoning recipe and store it in an airtight container for future use.
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Why Shake Instead of Stir?

Butter contains oils that are released from the butter when it is melted.

Shaking the pan during the cooking process in a back-and-forth motion and the addition of the broth keeps the spicy butter sauce from separating and having an oily texture.

It is also very fancy if you cook for guests and they are in the kitchen when you make this meal.

The process of shaking not stirring just takes it to the next level. It’s not something you normally see when cooking.

It’s a little bit of lagniappe.

dipping bread into shrimp with cajun butter sauce


A Cajun word meaning “a little something extra.”

How to Serve this Garlic Butter Seafood Sauce with Shrimp

You can serve the shrimp and creamy cajun sauce over grits. I use regular grits and cook per package instructions. Right before I serve I add cheddar cheese that I have grated into the grits. 

This is also amazing over rice.

This would also be yummy as a cajun seafood boil. You can boil red potatoes and sweet corn and then serve the seafood and sauce over the potatoes and melted butter over the sweet corn.

Don’t forget the french bread.

Dipping my bread in the delicious cajun sauce might just be the best part of the meal.

white plate with grits and shrimp in cajun butter sauce

Tools you’ll need

Cajun Cooking

Cajun cuisine is a style of cooking developed by the Cajun–Acadians who were brought from Acadia to Louisiana during the 18th century and who incorporated West African, French, and Spanish cooking into their meal preparation.

Using local, available ingredients is typical of cajun cooking. “Handy” would like for me to add andouille sausage to the recipe next time. That is definitely something I will try. My first thought would be to cut the sausage and fry it in a separate pan before adding it to the shrimp and sauce. 

Summer Outdoor Entertaining

This is such a fun recipe for summertime outdoor entertaining. Think New Orleans Vibe!

It can be messy to eat. Peeling the shrimp with your hands and wiping your hands with lots of paper towels or napkins is part of the experience.

Being able to hose down your outdoor table and chairs after the meal is a real plus.

Save the Leftovers

If there are any leftovers, I save them. The leftover sauce and grits make a great microwave meal. Making a cajun shrimp salad is perfect for lunch the next day.

I’m a big fan of shrimp and I have several recipes that I love. My Shrimp Alfredo recipe is HERE.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

Peace and Love,

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