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Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Surprise! It’s the rice that steals the show in this dish
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Main, Main Course, Seafood, vegetarian dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun shrimp, louisiana shrimp, vegan rice recipe, vegetarian rice recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 338kcal


  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 3 tbs unsalted butter divided
  • 1 tbs Cajun seasoning see NOTES
  • 1 tbs garlic minced
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1 tbs fresh parsley chopped, optional


  • 3 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper diced
  • 1 tbs garlic mincned
  • 1 cup rice jasmine preferred
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock low-sodium preferred
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning


  • For rice, melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the celery, onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes, or until soft. Don’t let it brown. Stir in the Cajun seasoning.
  • Add the rice and stir until rice is slightly toasted. Add the chicken stock, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork, then cover, set aside and keep warm
  • For the shrimp, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat in a large heavy skillet. Sprinkle the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning.
  • Add the shrimp and cook until golden brown on each side; about 5 minutes for large shrimp. Add the garlic and cook only until garlic is aromatic; about 30 seconds.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice and zest, tossing to coat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of the butter, tossing the shrimp in the melting butter.
  • Serve immediately over the rice.
  • Top with the chopped parsley if using.


To make your own Cajun seasoning, follow link in the first heading.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1582IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 3mg