Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs are a unique and delicious twist on the classic appetizer that combines the creamy richness of deviled eggs with the bold flavors of Cajun shrimp. The flavorful shrimp crowning the deviled eggs provide a delightful contrast in texture and taste. They would be an irresistible addition to any gathering or occasion! Try my Whiskey Bacon Jam Deviled Eggs for another tasty variation of the classic!

Pan of Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs on a Table from Overhead.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Eggs: You’ll need twelve eggs for this recipe. If you’re worried about making the eggs just right, I’ll show you how to cook them perfectly.

Mayonnaise: If you don’t have any on hand, make homemade mayonnaise to use.

Mustard: Yellow mustard is commonly used in deviled egg recipes to add a tangy flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients.

Hot Sauce: Adding hot sauce to the deviled egg filling adds a kick of spiciness and tanginess. It also contributes to the overall Cajun flavor profile. Adjust the amount of hot sauce to your liking.

Small Cajun Shrimp in a Pan.

Shrimp: Fresh shrimp works best, and it’s simple to remove the shell and the black vein. To take off the shell, begin from the bottom. To get rid of the vein, carefully make a small cut on the shrimp’s back, then use the tip of a knife to take out the black part. For these deviled eggs, I like to take off the tails from the shrimp. Shrimp are done cooking when they turn white inside and light pink outside. When they’re cooked just right, they’ll also curl up into a ‘c’ shape. If you’re using shrimp that are smaller or larger than what the recipe calls for, adjust the cooking time as needed. I recommend smaller, such as small to medium, for this recipe.

Cajun Seasoning: The Cajun seasoning (which you can easily make at home) is a key ingredient in this recipe (I mean, these are called Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs)! The seasoning gives a flavorful Cajun twist to the shrimp. It can also be sprinkled on the deviled eggs for a vibrant pop of color and even more flavor! It’s easy to use as much or as little as you prefer.

Steps for Piping Filling into Hard Boiled Eggs and Then Adding Cajun Shrimp.

Can I Use Frozen Shrimp?

Sure! You can use frozen raw shrimp or frozen precooked shrimp. With both options, first, let the shrimp thaw. Then, pat the shrimp dry before cooking. Keep in mind that precooked shrimp will not take long to warm up, so watch them carefully so they do not become rubbery.

Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs on a Black Platter.

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

If you are worried about perfectly hard-boiled eggs, I have you covered. For easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs:

  1. In a large pot, cover the eggs with cold water. (There should be about half an inch of water on top of the eggshells.)
  2. Next, bring the water to a boil, stirring occasionally to balance the egg yolks.
  3. Cover and remove the pot from the heat. 
  4. Let the eggs sit in the hot water for 14 minutes. 
  5. Pull the eggs out and immediately shock them with an ice bath for about 5 minutes.
  6. To help with removing the shells, place the eggs under cool water while peeling.
Close up of Cajun Shrimp Deviled Egg Showing Creamy Filling and Cajun Shrimp.

Can I Make Deviled Eggs Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely! If you’d like to prepare the hard-boiled eggs ahead of time, go ahead and boil them in advance. Afterward, you can store them, unpeeled, in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also get the filling prepared in advance and stored in a separate airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. I recommend making the shrimp when you are ready to assemble the deviled eggs.

How To Store Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs

Once assembled, Cajun shrimp deviled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 2-3 days. However, I think they are best within a day or two.

Pan of Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs on a Table from Overhead.
5 from 2 votes

Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs are a unique and delicious twist on the classic appetizer that combines the creamy richness of deviled eggs with the bold flavors of Cajun shrimp. The flavorful shrimp crowning the deviled eggs provide a delightful contrast in texture and taste. They would be an irresistible addition to any gathering or occasion!

Ingredients

Eggs

  • 12 large eggs, room temperature
  • cup (77 g) mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cajun seasoning, for garnish
  • chives, finely chopped for garnish

Shrimp

  • ½ pound (24 count) medium uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails off
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

Instructions

Eggs

  • In a large pot, arrange the eggs in a single layer. Fill the pot with water until it is about ½-inch above the eggs.
  • Bring the water to a boil, then cover the pot and remove it from the heat.
  • Let the eggs rest in the covered pot for 14 minutes. While the eggs are cooking, prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  • After 14 minutes, use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to the ice water. This will stop them from cooking further. Allow them to rest in the ice water for 4-5 minutes.
  • Peel the eggs under water and pat dry with a paper towel. Using a sharp knife, halve the eggs lengthwise. Use a small spoon to gently remove the cooked yolks. Add the yolks to a medium bowl and set the egg whites aside.
  • To the yolks, add mayonnaise, yellow mustard, hot sauce, apple cider vinegar, and kosher salt. Mash the yolks with a fork and then whisk to combine the ingredients until smooth.
  • Set the filling aside while you prepare the shrimp.

Shrimp

  • In a large skillet, melt butter over high heat. Add the Cajun seasoning, stirring to combine.
  • Spread the shrimp into an even layer in the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. The shrimp should be dark golden brown on the surface and turn pink and opaque, forming a "C" shape. Be careful not to overcook to avoid a rubbery texture.
  • Once cooked, remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.

Assembly

  • Pipe (or spoon) the yolk mixture evenly into each of the egg white wells.
  • Top each deviled egg with a Cajun shrimp.
  • Sprinkle each deviled egg with a pinch of Cajun seasoning and garnish with chives.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:

Autumn

I love this spin on deviled eggs! The Cajun shrimp adds such a nice touch to the tangy filling. These are impressive to look at too!

Elizabeth

I love deviled eggs, so the kick from the Cajun seasoning and shrimp was awesome!!! Plus, they were so cute in appearance : )

Rachael

So good! I couldn't stop eating these! Shrimp on a deviled egg isn't something I have had before but I loved it! I could eat an unhealthy number of these.

Bella

Yum! The Cajun seasoning adds a bold and savory flavor to this recipe! I was quite hesitant about the pairing of shrimp and eggs but it turned out better than I expected. The Cajun seasoning really pulls everything together!

Annabelle

These are a great snack! The filling is much more flavorful than typical deviled eggs, and the little shrimp is a nice touch!

Selena

I mean, I love deviled eggs already but adding baby Cajun shrimp to it just made it all the better! You won't regret trying these!

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