Cajun Seafood

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

I always have a random bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer that I am not quite sure what to do with. There are all kinds of shrimp recipes, but I tend to be picky about how I like to eat seafood. I decided to go with the Cajun recipe because Kevin and I were watching an episode of Man VS. Food on the Travel Channel that featured a particularly delicious-looking Cajun restaurant. I used to think that the guy who hosts that show had the best job ever because he just goes around to awesome restaurants and eats food all the time, but I feel like he is just probably in pain for days after one of those eating challenges. We watched him eat something like 5 dozen oysters the other day, and I was feeling sick just watching it. I don’t enjoy watching the challenges because I think it’s a bummer to turn delicious food into something that is no longer enjoyable. Luckily, that is not the case with this recipe!

I am not really a big spicy food fan, but sometimes it just hits the spot. This recipe came from a Food Network magazine, and I just changed up the spices a tiny bit because I didn’t want to go out and buy Cajun seasoning. The only other difference between my version and the original recipe is that I used frozen shrimp that has already been peeled and deveined. I should really learn how to do that so I can start buying fresh shrimp. This is what culinary school would be great for.
Cajun Shrimp and Rice
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (or you can make your own by combining dried oregano, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper like I did)
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper
4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 bunches green onions, chopped
1 1/2 cups COOKED white rice  (I had to delay everything else because I didn’t notice that the rice was supposed to be cooked ahead of time)
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Lemon wedges

Heat the butter, olive oil, and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat for about a minute. Add the Cajun seasoning (or spices) and shrimp and cook, stirring constantly, for another minute. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the tomatoes and green onions to the skillet and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute. Add the rice and 1/4 cup water and continue to cook until the rice is warmed through and the shrimp are opaque, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley and serve with lemon wedges.


Cajun Shrimp and Rice
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Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (or you can make your own by combining dried oregano, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper like I did)
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 bunches green onions, chopped
  • 1½ cups COOKED white rice (I had to delay everything else because I didn't notice that the rice was supposed to be cooked ahead of time)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Lemon wedges
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter, olive oil, and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat for about a minute. Add the Cajun seasoning (or spices) and shrimp and cook, stirring constantly, for another minute. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the tomatoes and green onions to the skillet and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute. Add the rice and ¼ cup water and continue to cook until the rice is warmed through and the shrimp are opaque, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

Comments (7)

  • I’ve been craving cajun recently! this looks like a great recipe to try. Thanks!!

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    • It’s funny how cravings for Cajun food just pop up out of nowhere sometimes. I hope you like it!

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  • Saw your recipe on Foodgawker and loved it! You totally inspired me to do my own cajun prawn recipe – I blogged it this evening and have linked to you, see what you think, and thank you again 🙂 x

    http://thegourmetkitchen.co.uk/american/2012/8/12/one-pot-cajun-prawns-and-rice.html

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    • Thank you! I will check it out!

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  • This looks amazing and your pictures are gorgeous. I would love for you to come and share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com. Thanks.

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  • I added some corn cut off the cob that we had leftover from dinner the night before. It added a nice sweetness to the dish.

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  • Made it tonight for the fam jam and they love it. We used Tony Cherie’s and I added one more teaspoon to it because we like spicy. It gives you that warm spice at the back of your throat. Nom nom!! Thanks for the recipe!

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