Viet-cajun is a relatively new cooking tradition started by Vietnamese immigrants in the southern region of the U.S. It mixes Vietnamese traditions with U.S. southern cooking culture. The unique mix of traditional cajun spices with Vietnamese pantry staples result in a dish that is simple and full of flavor. Serve it on some steamed rice or with a crunchy baguette and you've got a meal that will take you on a tour of Louisiana and the Far East.
The Necessary Ingredients
For the Cajun Seasoning Mix
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp smoked paprika
For the Shrimp
1 lb shrimp
2 tsp of vegetable oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
8 tbs of butter
2 tbs of fish sauce
1 lime, juiced
2 tbs of fresh chopped cilantro
How to Put It All Together
Make the Cajun Seasoning
1) In a small bowl, mix all of the dry spices
Preparing and Cooking the Shrimp
1) In a separate bowl, toss the vegetable oil, shrimp and 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning
2) Heat a large frying pan or skillet on high. When it gets hot, toss in the shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes or until charred at the edges.
3) Turn the heat down to medium and add the butter. Once foaming, add the garlic and ginger, and saute for 2 minutes, then add the spices and cook for a minute, while stirring. Add shrimp and simmer for another 2-3 minutes until the shrimp are cooked through, then add the lime juice and fish sauce. Pour into a serving bowl and top with the chopped cilantro.
4) Serve on top of steamed rice or with a baguette to mop up the buttery sauce.
Total Estimate Cooking Time: 20 minutes
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