I’m resolving to be better about sharing our “everyday recipes” with you, like this easy 10-minute Cajun Shrimp & Rice dish. It’s kind of a cheater “paella” and is perfect if you liked our Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo recipe but need something a bit quicker.
This dish comes together so quickly, and we almost always have fresh or cooked shrimp on hand. It’s an easy protein that is so versatile.
While you are chopping and cooking the vegetables, the rice will just be boiling away. Technically, rice takes about 20 minutes to make but you can use a “Minute Rice” variety or set the rice to boil on the stove before getting started with the rest of the recipe.
All you need to do is ensure that you add in the cajun spices and hot sauce before the rice reaches the halfway point to ensure that it absorbs all of that delicious cajun flavour. I’ve made this dish so that it has flavour without heat, but if you’d like a bit more kick to your cajun shrimp & rice, add the optional cayenne pepper and increase the quantities of the other spices.
How to Make a Cheater Paella
First, gather your ingredients:
- 1 cup uncooked rice
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce of choice
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 cup shrimp (or more)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 Tablespoons fresh coriander, optional
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional (if you want more kick)
Place the rice with 2-3 cups water in a saucepan, along with the hot sauce, cumin, paprika and tumeric. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to simmer until all water is absorbed.
Meanwhile, heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and once melted, add the diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, celery, and bell pepper. (Someone used the last two stalks of celery to makes ants on a log earlier that day, but I’m not going to complain about a child willingly eating vegetables…)
Once the onion is translucent, add the shrimp and continue cooking another 3-5 minutes until the shrimp is completely pink and warmed through.
Add the cooked rice to the frying pan and stir to combine. Adjust the seasoning and add salt and pepper before portioning out your servings.
Sprinkle each serving with some fresh coriander, if desired.
Here’s your free printable recipe for my 10-Minute Cajun Shrimp & Rice:
Are you a fan of spicy suppers? What’s your go-to easy supper for busy weeknights?