Cajun Shrimp Recipe

This Cajun shrimp recipe is full of flavor and it's quick and easy to put together.  With just a few simple ingredients you can have a delicious dinner on the table in just over 30 minutes.  This isn't just a shrimp recipe, either.  You can easily substitute chicken or sausage for the shrimp.

Cajun Shrimp Recipe

I have been messing around with gumbo and jambalaya recipes for years.  I never found one that was good enough to share until now. This Cajun shrimp recipe is the perfect combination of quick, easy and absolutely delicious.   I don't normally have shrimp on hand, but I think that this dish would be fantastic with chicken and even some sausage.   You can adjust the heat by adding more Tabasco, or take it out entirely if you don't like spicy.

This dish begins with a roux, which is a combination of butter and flour that is then cooked until it's light or dark brown.  A roux is common in traditional gumbo recipes.  Just be careful not to burn it!

Cajun Shrimp

Serves 4     adjust servings

Preparation 10 min
Cook Time 45 min
Total Time 0:55


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut in to 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut in to 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1 onion, cut in to 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, thickly chopped
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or more) Tabasco
  • 1-2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled
  • Cooked rice


  1. In a large Dutch oven, melt better over medium heat. Add flour and whisk to combine. Continue to whisk and cook until mixture turns brown, about 3-4 minutes. You can keep cooking to a deeper brown, if desired, but don't burn it!
  2. Add peppers, celery, onions and garlic to the pan. Cook until softened, about 7 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, broth, spices and hot sauce to the pan and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes.
  4. Add in shrimp and cook until pink, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Serve over cooked rice.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 476kcal Calories from fat 236
% Daily Value
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 338mg 113%
Sodium 652mg 27%
Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 10g
Protein 41g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
Cajun Shrimp Recipe
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Adapted from Martha Stewart

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