We are in the heart of summer and I'm holding on to everything summer I can! I'm in complete denial that school wants to start way too soon and we are doing everything summer as possible. Bring on the water balloons, slip and slides, pool days, and cook outs. This dinner idea is a fun summer meal that can be enjoyed on the grill, on the fire pit, or even in the oven. Cajun Shrimp Tin Foil Dinner!
Quick and Easy...and Fun!
Cajun Shrimp Tin Foil Dinner is a quick and easy meal. It's a fun meal that everyone can enjoy making together. Each ingredient is simply chopped and placed in a tin foil packet, seasoned and put in on the grill! That's it!
Enjoy these delicious shrimp baskets while you enjoy the summer evening!
How to make Cajun Shrimp Tin Foil Dinner
Making Cajun Shrimp Tin Foil Dinner is super simple.
First, you are going to chop your potatoes, and kielbasa into bite sized pieces. I like to make the potatoes on the smaller end because they are going to take the longest to cook.
Next, chop the onion into medium sized chunks. I like to keep these on the bigger side in order to avoid them from getting too soft while the other ingredients cook.
Split your corn on the cob into 2 to 3 pieces. I like splitting them in threes because they fit in the tin foil packet better. It can get a little tricky depending on how big the cob is or how stubborn it can be.
Tear 6 pieces of tin foil, about a foot long each. Use two pieces per tin foil packet in order to prevent leaking and spills. Place the potatoes, kielbasa, onion, and corn in the center of three pieces of tin foil. Put colossal sized shrimp on top of the ingredients. Season with your favorite cajun seasoning (this is mine!) and top with one tablespoon of butter cut in fourths.
Wrap the ingredients in the first tin foil sheet. Flip the seam over and place the packet in the center of the second tin foil sheet and wrap again. This way the original seam is protected by the second packet.
Cook on the grill over medium heat for 20 minutes. Flip over and cook for another 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and shrimp is fully cooked.
Tips and Tricks
I like to use the colossal shrimp because when smaller shrimp is used, it can dry out from the heat. I also use frozen shrimp. It's cook time matches well with the rest of the ingredients.
My favorite way to prepare this meal is to have the ingredients in bowls. Then in an assembly line, have everyone add each ingredient to their own tin foil packet. This makes it personal, and everyone is happy! Each person can season their own meal as well.
Another way I have made this is by adding all of the ingredients, excluding the shrimp, into a large bowl and mixing it all together with the seasoning. Then I evenly distribute the mixed ingredients between each foil packet. Add the shrimp and butter on top, seal, and cook.
We love camp fires and have made these meal on a hot bed of coals. Cook times will vary depending on how hot your fire is. We usually can stick with the same time as the grill. 20 minutes, flip, 15 minutes, or until potatoes are done. With varying temperatures of a fire, you may have burned areas on your foil packet!
Don't have a grill or campfire? Put these guys in a preheated oven of 420 degrees and cook for 40 minutes.
It's a great way to spend time together as a family and one of our favorite family traditions.
Another fun way to eat this meal is family style. Dump all the cooked Cajun Shrimp Tin Foil Dinners on a large sheet pan and let everyone enjoy!
Three packets go fast! This meal can easily be doubled, tripled, quadrupled...to fit the needs of your group.
How to store Cajun Shrimp Tin Foil Dinner
We rarely have leftovers of this meal but when we do, store in an airtight container for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.