Cajun Shrimp or Chicken Topped Salad

Thursday, March 25, 2021
These shrimp or chicken are a taste of Mardi Gras style with the crispy coating cajun seasoning.

I also adapted this recipe with the addition of  Italian herbs that made it just a little bit more spectacular in flavor.

This has a light panko breadcrumb coating and fried to perfection.

We also have substitutions for adapting the recipe due to seafood allergies using your favorite boneless meats.

If you love spicy foods and summer assorted green salads, you will love the addition of this super easy delicious shrimp on top.

For a change try our delicious Cajun Style Rice as a side dish that we love!

Scroll down to get this easily printable recipe with step-by-step instructions.

this is cajun shrimp fried on top of  fancy salad greens

Greens and More

How versatile is this easy cajun shrimp dish? The coating is great on any meat or seafood you choose and if you're not a salad lover use pasta, rice, quinoa, or home-fried potatoes as a side dish instead.

Seriously, rice and beans, are a great choice also greens aren't your thing, but not matter what you choose fried shrimp is off the charts delicious.

If you ever want to learn how to make cajun seasoning we've got you covered, check out our recipe for  Homemade Cajun Seasoning below in the recipe card!

this is salad topped with fried cajun shrimp

Other Additions for Crispy Cajun Coating 

  • whole mushrooms
  • broccoli florets steamed
  • cauliflower florets
  • bell peppers or hot peppers
  • scallops
  • smoked salmon
  • boneless pork tenderloin
  • boneless ribeye steak
  • cubes of ham steak
  • Italian cubed sausage links
  • boneless lamb
  • cubed venison steak

this is cajun grilled shrimp

Meat Suggestions

  1. chicken
  2. steak
  3. pork
  4. lamb
  5. seafood of any kind (Mahi Mahi is great with cajun seasoning)

this is grilled chicken and shrimp cajun style

Tools You Will Need

  1. skewers
  2. platter for meat and seafood
  3. fry pan or grill
  4. salad bowl
  5. spoon
  6. plate for serving
  7. knife
  8. cutting board
  9. whisk

cleaned fresh shrimp


  • cook any seafood and place it on wooden skewers
  • make homemade cajun seasoning ahead of time
  • use extra-large shrimp
  • use only vine ripe tomatoes for best results
  • serve meat hot on cold salad
  • use any boneless meats you prefer chicken, steak, pork, 
  • mixed greens, spinach, arugula can be used 
  • outdoor grilling: oil spray a cast-iron skillet
  • air fryer: 425 degrees oil spray the basket for 3 minutes
  • baked 400 degrees for 12 minutes

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If you love cajun flavors, this easy shrimp or any other meat grilled, fried, air fried or baked, you will need to print this off and save the recipe.

Try our homemade seasoning in the recipe card, it's perfect on every kind of meat you cook and great for a summertime barbecue or celebrating Mardi Gras week with friends and family!

Cajun Shrimp or Chicken Topped Salad

Cajun Shrimp or Chicken Topped Salad

Yield: 4
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 3 MinTotal time: 13 Min
A delicious cajun slightly bread crumb coated shrimp to top a salad. Perfect for a light lunch or entertaining guests. Enjoy a bit of the Mardi Gras flavors cajun style!


  • 1 pound extra large shrimp peeled and deveined and tales removed
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying 
  • 1 cup flour 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon pepper 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning 
  • 1 tablespoon Italian mixed herbs, oregano, thyme, basil, and parsley


  1. In a large saucepan heat the oil to about 1/2 inch deep, it should read around 350 degrees on a thermometer.
  2. Set up your seasoning station:
  3. Set up a pie plate with the flour, salt, and pepper.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs and milk.
  5. In the last bowl add the cajun seasoning and Italian mixed herb seasoning.
  6. Add the shrimp to the flour mixture.
  7. Next, dip into the egg mixture and then coat the shrimp with breadcrumbs.
  8. Using thongs, add the shrimp one by one to the hot oil until golden brown around 3 minutes.
  9. Place on paper towels to drain.
  10. Top assorted salad greens whatever you prefer.
  11. Note: boneless thinly sliced meats are done the same way cooking time will very on thickness.
  12. I also for presentation like to add them to skewers and place them on the salad after these are fried and cooled slightly.
  13. Cooking Methods:
  14. Air Fryer: place on the basket set the fryer to 425 degrees for 3 minutes or until browned.
  15. Grilling: Add cooking spray to a cast-iron skillet and grill until browned on both sides for 3 to 4 minutes.
  16. Baked: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, place shrimp or meat on a baking sheet and cook until golden browned
  17. For Cajun Seasoning Recipe:
  18. 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  19. 2 tablespoons fine kosher salt 
  20. 2 tablespoons garlic powder 
  21. 1 tablespoon ground black pepper 
  22. 1 tablespoon ground white pepper 
  23. 1 tablespoon onion powder 
  24. 1 tablespoon dried oregano 
  25. 1 tablespoon cayenne
  26.  1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
  27. Mix together store in a mason jar in a cool dry place.
  28. This stays fresh for up to 1 year.



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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2010. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. What a particular recipe! I never thought to combine shrimp and chicken together. I'm curious about berries marinade too. These skewers look very good. Bye, ha a gret day

  2. Love the seasoning with the kebabs.....mmmm

  3. Yum! One of may favorite fruits plus favorite meats to grill. How can this be anything but good?

  4. The shrimp and chicken absolutely must be cooked separately. Also, I hope you bought a whole chicken and not just breasts.

  5. I love your marinade!Very original!Hugs,dear!

  6. This sounds so good. I love how you pureed the berries in with the other ingredients to give it that flavor and then used it again in the salad. This sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  7. love blackberries!
    I like your bbq photos!
    I love the recipe, though!

    Best Regards!

  8. Oh Claudia, it's been a hectic week. I am so tired right & sleepy now but just can't stand without leaving you a note. Your sauce sounds fantastic. I adored the blackberry so much. thanks for sharing & hope you're enjoying your day, dear.

  9. Claudia what an incredible marinade. The ingredients are so well paired and yet it's so simple to make - I love it!

  10. This sounds so delicious. Blackberries are just now starting to appear in our markets. I'll use some of my stash to make your marinade.I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  11. What a delicious sounding marinade. The shrimp have my mouth watering. Yummy!

  12. Claudia this looks amazing. I love checking out these great combinations of fruit and spices. I first saw Bo from Bo's Bowl use fig and balsamic,(I had to try it) I just did chicken with pomegranate and chipotle, now I so want to try this! YUM!

  13. This looks like an fabulous change from everyday bbq!

  14. Maybe simple but definitely yummy.Great marinade.And lovely pictures;)

  15. Yum Claudia - this is going on my newspaper! xo

  16. It's so hard for me to get to blogs these days and when I finally am at home and sit down for an hour - you make it all worthwhile. My raspberries are just coming - just not into the house these days (I stand and snack) but now I raspberry pick with renewed enthusiasm.

  17. Your marinade is so incredible. Love it for both chicken and seafood.
    Your right about the abundance of the berries here in Florida.
    Everything looks so yummy and photos are beautiful'

  18. Claudia I want to eat at your place. A lot. :)

    This would be a perfect meal for me. honest.

  19. You know you've got a winner when I buzz something with hazelnuts in it cause I don't like them lol. But I could very well change my mind for this :-D Definitely buzzed!

  20. The berries make a great addition to your marinade! By the looks of them, I would have had to restrain from eating them as is. Nice grilled post.

  21. Claudia,
    You have the most inspiring recipes! I've been wanting to try tofu kabobs and this blackberry ( or rasberry) marinade sounds amazing. Can't wait to give it a try.

  22. Always looking for new kebob recipes! What a great twist with the hazelnuts! Yummo!

  23. I've never tried berries on marinade so this is something new to try. Lovely chicken but I just love shrimps so those get my vote.

  24. What a great marinade! Never would have put blackberry in there, but I am sure it is wonderful!

  25. What a fantastic marinade...beautiful summer flavor!

  26. Altho I can't eat shellfish, I can enjoy this delightful berry marinade. I'm sure it would be delish on pork or chicken! Your talent is amazing, Claudia!

  27. I adore juicy plump shrimp. This looks like a perfect lunch idea.

  28. What a tasty sounding salad! The shrimp and chicken look like the perfect addition, thanks for the springtime recipe!

  29. My hubby is going to love this for lunch! So excited to make this! Looks amazing and so flavorful!

  30. I made this shrimp to add to my lunch salads for the week. So good!

  31. This was everything a gourmet salad should be, and then some! So crisp and delicious; easily, a new favorite salad recipe!

  32. Shrimp and chicken is a fantastic combo - I never miss recipes that have both, so definitely need to give this recipe a try!

  33. Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,594!Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen


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