This recipe has been bouncing around my head for a while. Originally I was going to make it with fresh okra when I discovered how delicious grilled okra is. I decided to make it with pickled okra instead, because the vinegar highlights the Cajun spices and also cuts the richness of the Andouille sausage.
For serving, I came up with a basic rémoulade sauce that I spiced up with Tabasco and Cajun spice. OOOO WEEE!
I used the Cajun Rub from Bull Outdoor Products, but you can use your favorite Cajun or Creole spice blend. Go easy on the Cajun blend and make sure you taste as you go when making the rémoulade sauce. A lot of spice blends, Cajun or otherwise, are loaded with salt. If you are watching after your sodium intake, try my salt-free Blackening Spice as a substitute for the the Cajun blend.
Cajun Shrimp Skewers with Spicy Rémoulade Sauce
24 large shrimp -peeled, deveined with tails on – about 1 1/2 pounds
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, I used Bull Cajun Rub
12 ounces Andouille sausage, pre-cooked
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 jar (16-ounces) pickled okra
Spicy Rémoulade Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon capers, chopped
2 teaspoons minced shallots
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, I used Bull Cajun Rub
5 dashes Tabasco sauce, or more
Flat blade metal skewers or bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water for 1 hour
Method: direct heat grilling
Combine shrimp, olive oil, juice and zest from the lemon, and the Cajun rub in a large bowl. Toss together until the shrimp are well coated and the spice hass been dispersed throughout. Set aside in the refrigerator while prepping the other ingredients.
Make the rémoulade sauce by stirring together the ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasoning with Cajun spice and Tabasco. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Will keep for up to one week.
Slice the Andouille sausage into pieces the same thickness as the shrimp, about 1/2-inch. Cut the bell peppers into 1/2- x 1-1/2-inch pieces. Remove the shrimp from the refrigerator. Thread the shrimp, sausage, peppers, and okra onto the skewers. Set aside in the refrigerator while the grill gets hot.
Set up grill for direct cooking over medium high heat. Brush and oil grates before cooking.
Place skewers on the grill and cook for 5 to 6 minutes total, turning once. Remove from grill and serve immediately with the spice rémoulade sauce.
Cheers and Happy Grilling!