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Cajun Shrimp & Rice

This Cajun Shrimp & Rice skillet recipe is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights. With a few simple ingredients and some Cajun seasoning, you can create a flavorful and satisfying meal that your whole family will love.

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Spice up your dinner with this mouthwatering Cajun shrimp and rice recipe! I know how much you love a good flavorful dish that is easy to make. That’s why I’ve created a recipe that will knock your socks off and leave you wanting more.

What you’ll love about this recipe:

 You can have this dish on the table in under 30 minutes. That’s right – in just half an hour, you can enjoy a delicious, healthy meal that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

And the best part? This recipe is versatile and can be easily customized to your liking. If you prefer your food spicy, you can add some cayenne pepper in the seasoning. If you’re a fan of garlic, you can add more fresh garlic to the mix. The possibilities are endless!

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How To Make Cajun Shrimp & Rice

  1. Start by gathering and prepping your ingredients (get a detailed list of ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below.)
  2. Cook rice according to package directions and set aside.
  3. Combine salt, paprika, thyme and pepper in a large bowl. Add the shrimp & sausage with 1 tablespoon oil and toss to coat.
  4. In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoon of oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp & sausage and sauté, for about 4 minutes until shrimp is firm and pink. Transfer shrimp and sausage to a plate and set aside.
  5. On the same skillet, add 2 tablespoons of oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the onions and bell pepper. Sauté until they start to soften, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  7. Stir in the tomatoes and rice; cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the shrimp & sausage back in and stir to combine all ingredients.
  8. Serve immediately while hot.


Tips & Notes

  • Use converted rice (also known as parboil rice) for the perfect texture.
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp. Overcooked shrimp can be tough and rubbery, so be sure to cook them for only 2-3 minutes on each side.

Q&A

Is this recipe spicy? This recipe is not spicy. If you prefer a spicy version, add some cayenne pepper according to taste.

Can I use frozen shrimp for this recipe? Yes, you can use frozen shrimp, but be sure to thaw them before cooking.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time? Yes, you can make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it when you’re ready to eat.

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Easy Cajun & Shrimp Rice Skillet. Perfect for weeknight meals.

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Cajun Shrimp & Rice Skillet

This Cajun Shrimp & Rice recipe is easy to make and it's perfect for weeknight meals. The shrimp is combined with a savory sautéed rice and it's loaded with flavor!
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 398kcal
Author: Ana Frias

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup dry converted rice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound large shrimp - peeled and deveined.
  • 6 ounce beef smoked sausage
  • 5 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - divided (1 + 2 + 2)
  • ½ large onion, white or yellow
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 7 teaspoon minced garlic - from the jar or fresh
  • 8 ounce cherry tomatoes - cut in halves

Instructions

  • Cook rice according to package directions and set aside.
    1 cup dry converted rice
  • Combine salt, paprika, thyme and pepper in a large bowl. Add the shrimp & sausage with 1 tablespoon oil and toss to coat.
    1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 pound large shrimp
  • In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoon of oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp & sausage and sauté, for about 4 minutes until shrimp is firm and pink. Transfer shrimp and sausage to a plate and set aside.
    1 pound large shrimp, 6 ounce beef smoked sausage
  • On the same skillet, add 2 tablespoons of oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the onions and bell pepper. Sauté until they start to soften, about 2 minutes.
    1 medium green bell pepper, ½ large onion, white or yellow
  • Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
    7 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Stir in the tomatoes and rice; cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the shrimp & sausage back in and stir to combine all ingredients.
    8 ounce cherry tomatoes
  • Serve immediately while hot.

Notes

  • Use converted rice (also known as parboil rice) for the perfect texture.
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp. Overcooked shrimp can be tough and rubbery, so be sure to cook them for only 2-3 minutes on each side.

Private Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 883mg | Fiber: 2g

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  1. 5 stars
    This Cajun shrimp was outstanding! I love one pot dishes since there is less to clean up. The flavor is truly amazing.