Learn how to make this quick and easy cajun butter sauce in less than 10 minutes.
This flavorful sauce is one of the best butter sauces for dipping seafood in!
You’ll never want to eat restaurant cajun dipping sauce again after trying this homemade cajun butter recipe!
CAJUN GARLIC BUTTER SAUCE
This cajun butter sauce is a surefire winner when it comes to delicious and simple sauces that pair well with seafood.
It’s delicious, easy, quick, and spicy, and it goes well with almost any type of seafood.
This cajun garlic butter sauce is ideal for shrimp, crab legs, lobster tails, mussels, or any cajun seafood, as well as any other seafood, meat, or vegetable that can be dipped in it.
Everything comes together so well with this simple buttery cajun sauce!
The best part is that you probably have the majority of the ingredients for this easy cajun seafood sauce in your kitchen right now!
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WHAT IS CAJUN BUTTER SAUCE?
This is a spicy butter sauce made with a base of butter, but also frequently with onion and garlic.
For spiciness and rich flavor, this sauce is flavored with cajun seasonings or a cajun seasoning mix. Cajun sauce is typically prepared as a buttery dipping sauce for seafood and seafood boils.
WHAT DOES THIS CAJUN BUTTER RECIPE TASTE LIKE?
Close your eyes for a moment and try to imagine your tastebuds landing on something buttery, garlicky, and spicy.
It has a bold flavor, but the spice does not overpower the other flavors. It’s the ideal seasoning for a shrimp or crawfish bake.
INGREDIENTS FOR CAJUN BUTTER SAUCE
- 16 tablespoons (226 g) butter
- 2 tbsp cajun seasoning mixture
- 3 grated garlic cloves
- 1/2 grated yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra spice)
- Cilantro as a garnish (optional)
HOW TO MAKE CAJUN BUTTER SAUCE?
I try to keep it quick and simple, as I do with most of my cooking for the family. This recipe takes only a few minutes to prepare if you have a microwave.
If you don’t have one, you can make this recipe in a small saucepan on the stovetop.
- Heat butter in a microwave-safe container until completely melted (about a minute).
- Mix in the remaining ingredients with a whisk or fork until well combined.
- Use right away.
HOW TO SERVE THE BEST CAJUN BUTTER?
Let your hair down! This recipe is fantastic with Sheet Pan Cajun Shrimp (or Crawfish) Bake!
You can, however, use this butter on whatever you want. I wouldn’t be afraid to use it on:
- Fresh corn on the cob
- Scallops sautéed
- For a spicy, garlicky pasta, use plain cooked noodles.
While this recipe is delicious, you may want to make some changes if you don’t have all of the ingredients listed above or if you prefer a simpler sauce. Here are some variations to consider:
- I’ve made this recipe before with just the cajun seasoning and butter. This is a simpler recipe, but it is very tasty and works well for anyone who does not want to use cilantro, garlic, or onions.
- I also made a simple cajun dipping butter sauce with butter, old bay, cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and thyme.
SERVING CAJUN SEAFOOD SAUCE
This sauce is typically used as a dipping butter sauce for seafood.
You can also serve it in a variety of other ways. Here are some ways to serve this cajun spicy butter sauce:
- Seafood boil, shrimp boil, shrimp, crawfish, crab legs, lobster, clams, mussels and scallops, salmon, and other seafood go well with this cajun butter dipping sauce.
- Steamed gumbo, fresh cucumber slices, boiled potatoes, or corn on the cob.
- Meats such as steak. With this sauce, you can make a delicious cajun butter steak.
HOW TO MAKE CAJUN BUTTER SAUCE FOR SEAFOOD?
- Begin by measuring and gathering all of the ingredients in one location.
- Next, prep the ingredients by grating the garlic, dicing the onion, and chopping the fresh cilantro leaves.
- Put the butter in a small saucepan and melt it over medium heat. Approximately 1 – 2 minutes.
- Cook for 3 minutes after adding the garlic and onion to the melted butter. Frequent stirring is required.
- Then, if using, add the cajun seasoning mix and the extra cayenne pepper.
- Cook for an additional 2 minutes after thoroughly mixing. Remove from the heat once cooked.
- Pour the cajun dipping sauce into a bowl, top with cilantro, and serve alongside your favorite seafood.
CAN IT BE MADE AHEAD?
Yes! This sauce can be made ahead of time. This simple sauce keeps well, so you can make it, store it in an airtight container in the fridge, and simply reheat it to melt when ready to use.
CAN YOU FREEZE CAJUN BUTTER?
This recipe can be frozen in an airtight container. When you’re ready to use it, remove it from the freezer, thaw it, and then melt it in a microwave or saucepan.
Just make sure to thoroughly mix it because the ingredients will have separated after thawing.
Keep in an airtight container for future use. I keep mine in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. I also like to keep any leftover sauce in the freezer.
If you want to freeze any leftovers, place them in an airtight container and place them in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To reheat, thaw the solid sauce for a few minutes before placing it in a small pan and warming over medium heat for a few minutes until melted. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave for 1 minute.Print
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cajun butter made of?
We like to season with paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, oregano, cayenne pepper, and thyme. Scoop the mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap, waxed paper, or parchment paper after it has been mixed.
What is butter sauce made of?
A sauce made with melted butter that is often diluted with water, thickened with flour or egg yolk, or both, and seasoned with lemon juice.
How do you thicken butter sauce?
Butter. Why it works: While a knob of butter won’t dramatically thicken a sauce, it can be just the thing to add extra richness and a glossy texture. Use it by swirling a few tablespoons of cold butter into the sauce off the heat at the end of cooking.
Why is it called drawn butter?
A small amount of flour, water, or milk was frequently added to melted butter in the 18th century to thicken it and keep it from separating. These sauces can be called “melted butter,” “drawn butter,” or “drawn butter sauce,” and can be flavored with vinegar, salt, pepper, capers, watercress, and other ingredients.
Some more Cajun Sauce recipes to try:
Seafood With Spicy Cajun Butter Sauce
It’s all in the sauce when it comes to a seafood boil. Shellfish are prized for their tender meat, which can absorb whatever spices or sauces are served with it.
You can’t skimp on the seasonings for the best seafood sauce.
This sauce’s signature flavor comes from classic Old Bay seasoning, while butter, garlic, lemon pepper, and onion add complexity to this spicy dish.
Drizzle it over a seafood boil, Shrimp Boil, or Low Country Boil, and it’s divine!
Creamy Cajun Sauce
My family’s favorite sauce is Creamy Cajun Sauce. It goes great with breaded chicken, fish like tilapia or cod, and especially Cajun Meatballs.
Making creamy Cajun sauce only takes about 15 minutes, making it one of my go-to recipes for busy nights.
While the sauce is cooking, I can cook a pot of pasta and heat some green beans, and have a flavorful meal on the table in 15 minutes.