Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet

This Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet is a one-pot wonder full of flavorful shrimp and rice with a Cajun seasoning that the entire family will enjoy!  

If you are looking for more scrumptious, simple shrimp recipes, then you should also try this Easy Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp, these Shrimp, Sausage, and Veggie Foil Packs, or this Baked Crispy Honey Lime Shrimp.

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Isn’t it so much fun to watch the changing of the seasons? I think this has to be one of my most favorite times of the year. (Well, fall is great too, feeling that first crisp breeze and pulling out all the soup recipes is just delightful, right?)

Seeing all that green pop up everywhere and watching all the buds on the trees grow and the flowers bloom…it just feels like a renewal in so many ways…I even start to change the way I think about recipes and the meals I plan for the week.

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Take this Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet for example. This isn’t something I generally would make in the winter. Not that you couldn’t — but I guess when I think of shrimp, I think of times spent at the beach growing up, eating fresh seafood at the local restaurants. My whole family loved seafood and we ate it for as many meals as possible.

Seafood is so versatile. As much as I love tuna, salmon, and seafood combos, I’m sure you’ve come to realize, I *might* just like shrimp the most. I’m happy to eat shrimp in just about any form, from savory to sweet, in tacos and on the grill, on salads, and in one-pan meals like this one. Since I love shrimp, but also love the ease of one meal completely cooked in a skillet, this recipe just did it for me. And as my empty pan can attest — it seemed to have satisfied every member of the family as well.

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Although this might contain just a few more ingredients than my 5-ingredient recipes, don’t let that scare you off. This Cajun shrimp comes together in just 30 quick minutes and leaves plenty of room for a little kitchen dancing here and there with your significant other or little ones. (I’m not the only one that dances while she cooks, right?)

First, I whisked together all the spices for the Cajun seasoning in a bowl, then set that aside. Next, I melted the butter in a skillet (you can use a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven as well, or whatever you have on hand), then added the garlic, half the spice mixture, and the rice to the butter. I like to stir that all around a bit and make sure the rice gets good and coated with the spices and butter before adding in the chicken broth.

After adding the broth to the rice and spices, I let that come to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer and cook, as I would if I were making any old, plain rice. While the rice is doing its thing, I start the shrimp by adding to it the rest of the melted butter and Cajun spices. I shake this all together in a baggie or stir it up in a bowl. The last step is to add the shrimp to the rice at the 15-minute point, and cover the whole dish and let the shrimp steam with the rice.

Once the shrimp is nice and pink and opaque, it’s all good to go! I spoon it into serving dishes and sprinkle with a little chopped parsley, and dive in!

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“Cajun” is a word used to describe the Acadians, who were the French colonists who first settled in a region of Canada known as Acadia. Eventually, the Acadians were moved out of Canada by the British in the early 1700s and they migrated waaay down south to Louisiana. Because they didn’t have refrigerators, Cajuns learned to use every part of their animals for food and also used smoking and splicing techniques for preserving their foods. Cajun food is basically interpreted to mean “heavily seasoned” — which doesn’t always mean spicy, but often is anyway because of the heavy use of cayenne pepper in a lot of recipes.

To make your own Cajun spices, combine paprika, salt, garlic powder, cracked black pepper, onion powder, dried oregano (or other Italian herbs), cayenne, and crushed red pepper flakes in the measurement increments listed in the recipe. Double or triple the amount to fill a whole spice jar. Happy seasoning!

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Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet

This Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet is a one-pot wonder full of flavorful shrimp and rice with a Cajun seasoning that the entire family will enjoy!  
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy, one pan, one pot, rice, shrimp
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany


  • 1 1/3 cups uncooked long grain white rice
  • 2 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 pound large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • cajun seasoning see below

cajun seasoning

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano may sub an Italian herb blend or Herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Whisk together all of the ingredients for the cajun seasoning. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic, half of the cajun seasoning, and the rice. 
  • Stir in chicken broth, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring 1-2 times throughout. 
  • While rice is cooking, prepare the shrimp by stirring together remaining 2 table spoons melted butter and remaining cajun seasoning. Pour over shrimp and toss to coat. 
  • Stir shrimp into the rice, cover and cook 3-5 minutes longer until shrimp is pink and opaque. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired and serve. 


For browned shrimp, you can saute the shrimp in the pan at the start of the recipe, transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm until the end, then stir into rice and serve. 


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5 stars
So so good. I came across your site a few months ago and everything we have tried has been so good. THis one is a new fav. Thanks!

    So excited that you have found so many recipes that you’ve enjoyed!

The cajun shrimp recipe was delicious. Add sausage and vegetables to the recipe it was shrimply delicious.

    Shrimply delicious- I love it!!

I definitely see bits of green in your photos of this dish. Parsley? It’s not listed in the ingredients.

I have a bottle of Paul Prudhomme’s Seafood Magic seasoning, so instead of mixing up the seasoning mix as per your recipe, I think I’ll substitute the Seafood Magic. So it would be fair to say I’m using your recipe as an idea, but not following it as written.

The photos make my mouth water!

    Oops! Just saw the very last line of the instructions referencing parsley! My apologies!

    Sounds great- hope it turns out great for you!

When making the Cajun Shrimp and rice you need to follow rice pkg time with the ingredients added then theshrimp when rice is cooked.

5 stars
Awesome. I added corn, sliced green chili pepper and diced sundried tomatoes

    Yum! Thanks for sharing.

Would i be able to do this without butter? I just realized im all Out!!

    shoot- being out of butter is a sad day! 😉 I definitely recommend using butter for this recipe!

So good! I only had instant white rice, so i made it work. It was delish!

    Yum! I bet it was delicious !

How much seasoning do you add if you already have the “cajun” Spice as iS?

What is the nutritional information?

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This was so delicious! I’m glad you provided the cajun seasoning ingredients so I could adjust the heat. I’m not a spicy gal, so I left out the cayenne pepper and it was perfect. I also added some peas for more texture and veggie goodness.

    That sounds like a nice addition!

Can this be doubled?

5 stars

    Happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe so much! Thanks for sharing!

5 stars
FOLLOW THE CAJUN SEASONING RECIPE!!! I attempted to use a pre-made cajun seasoning and it came out way to hot. The shrimp were delicious regardless and the rice will go well with a honey glazed pork. I’m sure it would have been great together if I followed the recipe step-by-step

    Thanks, Felicia!

Can i use short grain rice cUt?

    I haven’t done that with this recipe so I can’t guarantee results!

5 stars
Hi tiffani, i made the cajun shrimp rce and came out awesome! How can i SharE pictures with yo? Thank you so much for the amazing recipe.

    That is so awesome! You can always tag me on social media 🙂

5 stars
Made this tonight absolutely loved it!! Will definitely be put in my keeper recipes!! 😉

    Happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe 🙂

Amazing cajun seasoning recipe! Even my pickiest eater cleaned her plaTe. We reserved 2 tsp of seasoning to mix into our mashed potaToes and it was so delicious! January 2020

    Ohhh my! I bet that was SO delicious in mashed potatoes! GREAT IDEA!!!!

5 stars
I just made this RECIPE tonIght, iT ws a big hit!!! Will DEFINITELY be making this again.😋

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