Today we're talking Spicy Cajun Shrimp, folks! This Cajun Shrimp recipe is inspired by the flavors of The Boiling Crab's "The Whole Shabang" shrimp. Since the first time I ate at The Boiling Crab with my sister and her husband, I have been going back again and again whenever I visit Alhambra to indulge in at least 1-2 pounds of shrimp with the whole shabang sauce. Forget the crawfish, shrimp is where the party's at! Besides, crawfish has less meat, and takes so much more work to eat! Whatever it was, I loved that it was spicy, buttery, garlicky, and it tasted so good with shrimp and bread. Plus, slurping out the insides of the shrimp head was the absolute best.
Now since I live on the East Coast, there weren't a whole lot of places locally where I could enjoy those addictive whole shabang flavors that I so craved. Flying to LA was my only shot at stuffing my face with that delicious shrimp. But then, a couple years ago, Wilson discovered a restaurant in New York called The Boil with similar flavor profiles as our experience with The Boiling Crab. And it was awesome! Flavors were great and seafood was fresh. We loved it!
But being in New Jersey, driving 40 minutes to the city, dealing with the usual impatient, poorly tempered city goers (myself included) and/or locals, bumper to bumper traffic, hunting for parking, and then waiting on the ungodly line that forms outside the popular restaurant, can sometimes feel....like a very LONG....albeit bothersome trip.
After coming back from Cali, I've looked up copycat recipes for the Whole Shabang sauce and have tried to replicate it ourselves a few times. The recipes that we followed in the past were great and tasted good, but I was always appalled at the amount of butter that went into the dish. I just figured, well, if you want it to taste good, you gotta add that butter, right? I know, it makes every dish taste good. Fat in general is awesome. But, since we are "trying" to be more healthy, we try our best to find substitutes, use alternative cooking methods like baking rather frying, or just use less of the unhealthy ingredient.
We bought 2 pounds of fresh, head on shrimp from the local asian market and were trying to think of how to cook up the little guys for dinner. We both agreed that one of the best ways to preserve the sweetness of the shrimp was to steam it, and as we were talking, the lightbulb in my head went ding! "Let's make something like the Whole Shabang shrimp, you know, from Boiling Crab!" Working with ingredients I had in my seasoning cabinet, using less butter and adding in some fresh produce, I went to work making a slightly "healthier" cajun shrimp dish, but with whole shabang flair!
I added tomato, green bell pepper and red onion to the mix, emulating the Asian style shrimp stir fry dishes I grew up with. I was crossing my fingers and hoping the flavors would come out as well as they did in my head while throwing this meal together, but it came out really well
The sauce was delicious and didn't feel too oily or heavy, and the steamed shrimp was sweet even under the spice. We toasted up some of our favorite Pepperidge Farm Garlic Texas Toast and dipping the garlic bread into the spicy, garlicky sauce really hit the spot. We set up dinner in our living room coffee table with a large bowl for shrimp shells, some paper towels, hand wipes, and hungry, hungry hippo appetites. We watched a movie while peeling and eating the shrimp, licking our saucy fingers and dipping the garlic bread into the flavor puddles of sauce. Nothing like chowing down and getting your hands dirty with someone you love, hehe. 💖 I've made this recipe a couple times more after that initial "experiment" and it has been great each time, so it's definitely tested and true. This recipe might not be an exact replica of the Whole Shabang from The Boiling Crab or the Boil, but it sure is delicious and addictive!
We hope you enjoy this delicious cajun (asian-style?) shrimp recipe. It's the perfect date night in for seafood lovers or friends! Don't forget to get some kind of bread to sop up all that yummy sauce!
Over ripe bananas and don't know what to do with them? Try these delicious and healthy banana muffins!
This recipe is based on a recipe by Cookie+Kate, a great blog I stumbled upon when Pinteresting for ideas for using bananas, because I had a few bananas that were getting too ripe and I didn't want to waste them. I added in some dark chocolate cacao bits as well as candied walnuts to add texture and yumminess because I love dark chocolate. I didn't have whole wheat flour as the recipe asked for, and used white flour and added an extra 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder as well for foofiness.
I rarely eat muffins because so often they end up being dry and just overly filling for my taste—but these are just the right portion! They're also very fluffy and naturally moist from the banana and coconut oil, which you can't even taste. Another great thing about her recipe is that it's a one pot recipe where you throw everything together, mix mix mix, bake, and devour.
YIELD: 12 muffins
• ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
• ½ cup maple syrup
• 2 eggs
• 3 mashed large ripe bananas
• ¼ cup water
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• ½ tablespoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling on top
• 1 ¾ cups white flour
• ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top
• 1 teaspoon granulated sugar for sprinkling on top
1 Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius). Grease your muffin pans with butter or non-stick cooking spray, or you can be like me and use cupcake liners for no mess!
2 Mix together the coconut oil and maple syrup. Add the eggs, the mashed bananas and water, followed by the baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon.
3 Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix until combined. Now add in your dark chocolate pieces, candied walnuts, or any other dried fruit, nuts etc that you love.
4 Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cupsz Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats and some granulated sugar. Bake muffins for 22 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
5 Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. According to Cookie+Katec these muffins will keep at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, and will keep well in the freezer in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months (just defrost individual muffins as needed).
I hope you enjoy this great banana muffin recipe and big props to Cookie+Kate for coming up with it! Visit her blog for more deliciousness!
Just a girl, her husband and two dogs who love food ♥❤🐶👫🐶❤♥