Cajun Red Beans with Shrimp Recipe

Recipe Category: Cajun

Cajun Red Beans With Shrimp Recipe


Makes 5 :Servings

Prep: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serving size 1/5 of recipe

Calories 242 Protein 34 g Carbohydrates 19 g Fat 5 g Fiber 6 g Sugar 4 g Sodium 435 g

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, partially drained
  • 2/3 cup no-salt-added chicken broth, plus more if desired
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 11/2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • garnish: finely chopped fresh parsley, lemon juice, sea salt and cracked black pepper


  1. To a nonstick skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil, garlic, onion, bell pepper, and celery
  2. Saute for 3 to 5 minutes, until the onion is brown and translucent
  3. Add the tomatoes, paprika, cumin, and cayenne
  4. Mix everything together in the skillet and cook until the tomatoes soften and explode to create a paste, about 3 minutes
  5. Reduce the heat to low if the tomato begins to burn
  6. Add the beans, broth, and bay leaf (if using)
  7. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, then cover and cook for 10 minutes
  8. Remove the lid, increase the heat to medium, and add the shrimp
  9. Bring to a boil and cook the shrimp until it plumps up and turns pink and off white with vibrant red tails and the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes
  10. The result should be thick and chunky, not soupy
  11. If you prefer it to be more soupy, simply add tablespoons of chicken broth until you reach your desired consistency
  12. Remove from the skillet from the heat, and remove and discard the bay leaf
  13. Garnish with parsley, and season to taste with lemon juice, sea salt, and cracked black pepper

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