Cajun Shrimp and Vegetables

A colorful, spicy, and nutritious shrimp dish that cooks in just minutes. This shrimp dish calls for precooked shrimp, but you can also make it using raw shrimp if that’s what you have on hand. Season the shrimp as directed in the recipe, then sauté them in oil before adding vegetables. Remove cooked shrimp to a bowl, cover, and proceed with the recipe from there.

Cajun Shrimp and Vegetables

Makes 4 servings

1 lb. medium cooked shrimp
1 1/2 cup onion, sliced
1 1/2 cup red bell pepper, sliced
1 1/2 cup zucchini and/or yellow squash, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 1/2 cup frozen corn
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup white wine
2 to 3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Creole* seasoning, divided (reserve 1/2 tbsp)
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp dried parsley

Defrost and drain shrimp. Pat dry and season with 1/2 tbsp Creole seasoning
Sauté onion until softened. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes, then add pepper and zucchini and cook until they begin to soften. Add corn, wine, and seasonings except parsley.
Cover and cook 10 minutes.
Stir in seasoned shrimp. Cover and simmer 3 minutes.

Serve over rice or pasta, or with cornbread.

*For the Creole seasoning, I like to use the recipe CatholicMom contributor and Louisiana native Karen Ullo shares frequently with her Meatless Friday recipes. It makes just about 6 tbsp of seasoning, and is easy to put together with spices you probably already have in your pantry.

Eileen’s Creole Seasoning:

2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp ground red pepper
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper

Place all ingredients in an empty spice bottle and shake to combine.

Copyright 2020 Barb Szyszkiewicz

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