Grilled Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets

Writer and photographer Monica Longenbaker

This easy summer dinner packs all of the delicious flavors of a Cajun shrimp boil into a convenient packet. Succulent shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, and tender red potatoes are seasoned and packaged in foil. Once prepped, they cook on the grill in less than 15 minutes, making for a quick weeknight meal and even quicker clean-up. Be sure to serve with a side of crusty bread to soak up all of the flavorful juices.

Grilled Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets
Yield: 4 servings

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 smoked sausage links (about 6 ounces), sliced ¼” thick
2 ears of corn, cut into 1” thick pieces
8 baby red potatoes, sliced into ¼” half moons
2 large garlic cloves, minced
8 lemon wedges, halved
1 teaspoon Cajun or Old Bay seasoning
4 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped (optional)
8 pieces heavy duty foil, about 12”x12”

Preheat a grill or oven to 400°F.

Layer two 12”x12” pieces of foil together. Repeat with the remaining foil pieces.
Divide the ingredients by four and layer them onto foil in the following order: red potatoes, sausage, corn, shrimp, minced garlic, lemons, ¼ teaspoon Cajun or Old Bay seasoning (or to taste), butter.

Season to taste with salt and pepper (depending on whether your spice blend contains salt).

Fold together two ends of the foil and roll tightly to create a seam. Then fold the other two corners and roll towards the center to create a packet. Place the foil packets onto the grill or into the oven for 12-15 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through and the potatoes are tender.

Be very careful when opening the packets as the steam inside will be very HOT! Garnish with parsley and serve immediately with a side of warm, crusty bread.

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