Blackened Shrimp & Crisp Chilled Cucumbers

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Blackened Shrimp & Crispy Chilled Cucumbers

Today I have the distinct pleasure of sharing with you, not only the recipe for these delicious blackened shrimp and chilled cucumbers, but I get to introduce you to one of the very first “foodie pals” I ever met, Ally, and show off her BRAND NEW totally and completely  awesome NEW cookbook!  I started blogging about 4 years ago, and “met” Ally through mutual foodie friends.  She is one of the most welcoming people you will ever meet.  She has that sweet southern drawl, that makes you want to just plop down in her kitchen and listen to her stories.

I think that is one of the things about her cookbook that I love most.  (besides the food of course!) Her cookbook reads like a beautiful storybook.  You are taken on a magic carpet ride through foreign lands, led by the talented writing and your taste buds.  The stories will lure you in, the recipes will have you caught hook line and sinker!

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Isn’t she just adorable?  Someday I hope to meet Ally, and have her autograph my cookbook.  It’s actually proudly displayed on my coffee table.  It was too pretty to stick on a shelf.

(nobody puts baby in a corner)

Ally’s cookbook is available online on Amazon and  Barnes & Noble. You can find it in book stores May 12th! How exciting!

 

It was hard to chose which recipe to make, trust me, when you get your copy, you will struggle, too.

I landed on these shrimp and  I knew this would be the first recipe I would try.

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I love spicy food – and I typically order seafood “blackened” when we dine out.  I have never, however made my own rub and did it myself.  It was super easy and the outcome was scrumptious!

Blackened Shrimp & Crispy Chilled Cucumbers

The mixture of spices was pure perfection.  Just look at them glisten with spicy heat!

Blackened Shrimp & Crispy Chilled Cucumbers

The only way to make them even better was to accompany them with a crisp chilled cucumber tangy with lime and cilantro.  It was perfect, just when your tongue was taking the heat, the cucumber cooled it off — you might even say “Cool as a Cucumber.” 😉

Blackened Shrimp & Crispy Chilled Cucumbers

Ally placed a shrimp on top of each cucumber slice – what a fun appetizer! We served them as a main dish and a salad, with a side of brown rice.  There wasn’t a morsel left.

Blackened Shrimp & Crispy Chilled Cucumbers

Yield: serves 4

Blackened Shrimp and Crisp Chilled Cucumbers

Overhead of Blackened Shrimp & Crispy Chilled Cucumbers plated

Spicy blackened shrimp paired with chilled crisp cucumbers flavored with cilantro and lime.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16-20 (about 1 1/4 pounds) large deveined shrimp, tails on
  • FOR THE SPICE
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried ground oregano
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to your heat index)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 red chili flakes (adjust to your heat index)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Cooking spray
  • FOR THE CUCUMBERS
  • 1-20 1/2 inch thick slices of English cucumbers
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

Instructions

Combine cucumbers in a bowl with other listed ingredients. Cover and chill until ready to serve. (I made mine that morning)

Prepare blackening spices by mixing them in a small bowl.

In a large skillet melt butter. Spray shrimp on both sides with cooking spray. Dredge in seasonings. Place in skillet, taking care not to crowd them. Pan sear for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side. Add cooking spray to the skillet if needed.

Serve the blackened shrimp with the cucumbers.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 861mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

Nutrition isn't always accurate.

Want more?

Ally’s Kitchen Website

Watch the Cookbook Video Trailer 

Visit the blogs of Ally’s foodie friends (like me) every day in May for her virtual Blog Tour 

The second recipe I made is from page 35 of Ally’s Kitchen.   These Rustic Lemon Cheese Cupcakes were the perfect dessert.

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I will let you check them out when you get your new cookbook!

(Here is when I tell you that you can WIN one!)

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19 Comments

  1. Michaela, I was thinking about making those blackened shrimp and now I KNOW I need to soon! Those lemony cupcakes sounded like the perfect dessert pairing after the “heat” too. Thanks for your review!

    1. Kim … I HIGHLY recommend them! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for all of your help through this!

  2. Michaela! First of all, your photography of these two dishes just blows my doors off! What beauty and such a natural styling…you are so so talented…BUT, most importantly, I’m so touched by your words and all your love that went into reviewing my cookbook…it’s truly an immense HONOR to have my foodie luvs make their favorite recipes…it’s like we’re all together (virtually) in one kitchen doing a major throwdown that’s flat our FUN! Thank you, my dear and special friend. I could go on and on…and, special thanks for not putting ‘baby in the corner’…even if I am a big ol’ baby! You rocked it! xo big bear hugs and smiles and love ~ally

    1. The pleasure was all mine! Thank you for including me! I can’t wait to see where the magic carpet ride takes you next!

    1. Thank you, Aunt Bee (you don’t look like AB! A much younger version!)…I hope you’ll enjoy b/c I’d love to be hanging out in your kitchen! xo ~ally

    1. Good luck, Candi! And, if you swing by my website and leave your email, you’ll be in the running for a free cookbook, too! Check the home page, right hand side, EZ PZ…good luck, luv! xox ~ally

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