Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta from #cajun #pasta #shrimp

This cajun shrimp pasta was so yummy, my husband has been begging me to make it again, I will have to add it to the shopping list next week. :)  It ended up being so packed with flavor and the way you cook the shrimp makes it taste amazing (if you can’t handle too much spice you can cut the cajon seasoning down)!  It reminded me of the delicious food we ate on my husband’s work conference in New Orleans last Fall.  There are so many yummy cajun/creole recipes that are unique to that area that I am dying to learn how to cook.  I keep kicking myself that I didn’t buy a cookbook while I was there.  I guess I am just going to have to go back!  :)
Just for fun, I added some pics from our trip below to help you get in a “Nawlins” mood while cooking.

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta


  • 1 lb. unccoked shrimp (remove shells, tails and veins)
  • 1 Tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 c. red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 8 oz. linguine, cooked al dente


  • Stir together and coat the shrimp in cajun seasoning. In a large fry pan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the seasoned shrimp and sauté until shrimp begins to turn pink. Add the red pepper and minced garlic and sauté another minute or two.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add the cream, parmesan cheese, basil, and pepper and simmer for about 10 minutes (I like to cook the pasta while this is simmering).
  • Toss in the cooked pasta and stir to coat.

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  1. carrian says:

    THe hubs looooves shrimp, maybe this should be for father’s DAY!!

  2. Heather says:

    My husband loves to order cajun pastas when we go out to eat so I don’t know why I’ve tried to make one before. He LOVED this recipe. We ended up using chicken because I didn’t have shrimp, but we definitely need to make it again with the shrimp. Great recipe!

    • Emily says:

      My husband was crazy about it too! So glad you guys like it!

  3. Rita Marie says:

    I just reduced this recipe and made it as a small one-person lunch for myself & it was the easiest most delicious and satisfying lunch! So easy to make, and more delicious than a plain ham & cheese sandwich! My husband took a bite of mine and asked me if I’d make twice as much for him for lunch! I’d say a success

  4. Carrie says:

    This looks delicious! Do you think I could use whole milk as a substitute for the cream if I don’t have any available?

    • Emily says:

      That would probably be fine, it won’t be as creamy but a little more healthy. :)

    • Ruby says:

      I often sub fat-free half and half for cream very successfully — gonna give it a shot here….can’t wait…….have some Cajun-flavor lovin’ folks in this house!

  5. Barb says:

    This was delicious! I added some chopped red onion to the vegetables, used olive oil instead of butter and chopped green onion on top for garnish. My friend wants me to make it again for her husband to try as she knows he will love it. Thanks for a great recipe.

  6. Paige Flamm says:

    This was Mother’s Day dinner tonight and was delicious!

  7. JM says:

    Excellent meal for the whole family! Everyone had seconds, including my picky children. Added some cornstarch mixed with cold water at the end in order to make the sauce more creamy and less liquid-y. Also, didn’t have any parmesan on hand so I substituted with Havarti — turned out awesome!

  8. Heather says:

    This sounds delicious! Maybe a dumb question, but what do you mean by red pepper? Red bell pepper? I thought red pepper flakes but it says chopped.
    Thank you!

    • Emily says:

      yes, an actual red bell pepper.

    • Mandy says:

      That was not a dumb question at all! Thank you so much for asking, I was wondering the same thing, so it saved me a lot of time and hassle just being able to get the answer in the comments. Making this recipe now, can’t wait to try it!

  9. Isabelle says:

    This sounds so yummy I can’t wait to make it I’ve been wanting to try to make Cajun pasta for the longest and this recipe seems nice and simple I may do chicken and shrimp in mine since everyone in my house loves shrimp except of my sister but I would like her to enjoy it too.

  10. Fran Niederhauser says:

    This was SO YUMMY. Loved it!! I used half and half and thickened it alittle with corn starch. It was delicious!!!!

  11. Denisse says:

    I made this on Valentine’s Day for my boyfriend and he absolutely loved it, so did I !! It was so delicious! I will definitely be making this again. Thank you for this amazing recipe :)

    • Emily says:

      So glad you liked it! It’s one of my favorites too!

  12. Dan Leeder says:

    If you’re going to cook the “Nawlins” way, then you need the “Bible” of Nawlins cookin’. You can get it here:

    • Echo says:

      Sounds like a cookbook I need to have – thank you for the recommendation!

  13. Deb Mae says:

    This was awesome, great taste and so easy to make. I did add a 1/2 cup of 7 blend Italian cheese with the parmesan and it was also great. Do you think this would work for chicken?

    • Erica says:

      Yes, I have actually done it with chicken (my husband won’t eat shrimp) and it tastes great! 😀

  14. Taylor says:

    My boyfriend and I made this tonight and it was delicious. I also was unsure what the recipe meant by red pepper, so I went the spicier route. We decided to use red Fresno peppers which made this dish much spicier, but it turned out very good! This is definitely a recipe I will keep!!

    • Echo says:

      We use a red bell pepper in this recipe, but I love the idea of using something with a little more heat in this dish. Thank you for sharing! So glad you like the recipe!

  15. Britney says:

    I love this recipe! So delicious and easy to make! xo

  16. Luis serrato says:

    I add a few capers. To this recipe that give more flavor . an mix carrots. To the pasta. Use fresh cherry tomatoes for garnish

    • Emily says:

      Yum, I’ll have to try that!

  17. Shirnell Jackson says:

    What kind of cream did you use

    • Erica says:

      Heavy whipping cream.. 😉

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