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Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a quick and easy meal that the whole family will love. Creamy pasta shells seasoned with Creole seasoning and topped with grilled shrimp.

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Fried Shrimp, Gumbo and Jambalaya are on the favorite dinners list at our house and if you are a fan of Creole cuisine, this shrimp pasta recipe is a great addition to your dinner rotation.

Pan of Cajun Shrimp Pasta.

We love Cajun flavors and this easy Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a great option for busy weeknights. The creamy pasta is the perfect combination with the spicy creole seasoning and smoky shrimp. You might also like this Lobster Pasta for special occasions or a date night in.

Ingredients for Cajun Shrimp Pasta:

  • Jumbo Shrimp ~ peeled and deveined.
  • Small Pasta Shells ~ or your favorite pasta.
  • Diced Onions ~ yellow onions or green onions.
  • Diced Celery 
  • Minced Garlic
  • Butter
  • Heavy Cream ~ or half and half.
  • Chicken Broth
  • Creole Seasoning ~ A combination of garlic, onion, thyme, oregano, basil, thyme, chives, pepper, chile powder and paprika.
  • Kosher Salt ~ Skip the additional salt if you are using a store bought seasoning that includes salt.

How to Make Cajun Shrimp Pasta:

peeled jumbo shrimp in an orange bowl.

  • Grill the shrimp with the grill closed for about 5- 6 minutes.

Shrimp on a grill.

  • Cook until shrimp reaches 145° using a digital meat thermometer or until shrimp is curled, bright pink and no longer translucent.
  • Alternately, cook the shrimp in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Turn shrimp after about 2 minutes, continue to cook until shrimp is curled and pink.

Chopped up shrimp.

  • Remove from grill and cut into bite-sized chunks.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • To make the sauce, sauté the onions, celery and garlic in butter over medium heat, stirring often until softened.

Making Creamy Cajun Sauce for pasta.

  • Add the heavy whipping cream, chicken broth and the creole seasoning. Whisk together until sauce starts to bubble.

Small shells pasta with creamy Cajun sauce.

  • Stir in the cooked and drained pasta, stirring to combine.

Closeup of skillet with Cajun pasta and shrimp.

  • Top with shrimp and serve immediately.

Plate of Cajun shrimp pasta with a biscuit. Plate of salad.

What to Serve with Cajun Shrimp Pasta:

How to Store and Reheat:

  • Store leftover shrimp pasta in an airtight container or bowl covered in plastic wrap in the refrigerator up to 2 days.
  • Reheat in a pan with 1- 2 tablespoons milk or cream or chicken broth over medium heat. Stir often until heated through.

More Shrimp Recipes You Will Love:

Closeup of plate with pasta and chopped shrimp.

Add this quick and easy Cajun Shrimp Pasta to your dinner plans this week. It comes together in about 30 minutes for a flavorful and delicious meal that everyone will enjoy.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

plate of pasta shells with shimp.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a quick and easy meal that the whole family will love. Creamy pasta shells seasoned with Creole seasoning and topped with grilled shrimp. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound small shells pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onions (yellow or green onions)
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons Creole Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Cook shrimp over a 325° grill fire with pecan chunks for smoke flavor. Cook with the grill closed about 5-8 minutes until shrimp reaches 145° using a digital meat thermometer.
  2. Remove from grill and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Add butter, onions, celery and garlic to a large skillet and cook over medium heat. Stir occasionally until vegetables are softened.
  4. Stir in the heavy cream, chicken broth and Creole seasoning. Whisk together, cooking about 5 minutes.
  5. When sauce starts to bubble, stir in the pasta. Mix until combined.
  6. Top with chopped shrimp and serve immediately.

Notes

Stovetop Method for Shrimp:

Shrimp can be cooked in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Turn shrimp after about 3 minutes, cooking until curled and pink.

Store & Reheat:


Store leftover shrimp pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Reheat in a skillet with 1 - 2 tablespoons of milk or broth over medium heat. Stir until heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 674Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 338mgSodium: 4064mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 36g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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2 Comments

  1. Easy and delicious, this one is a keeper. I know I’m going to make it over and over again!

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