Cajun Shrimp Alfredo

This incredibly creamy Cajun shrimp Alfredo recipe has just the right amount of spice. It's packed with flavor and ready in just over 30 minutes.

Cajun shrimp alfredo in a white bowl

Simply Recipes / Sharee Hill

Kick up the weeknight dinner routine with this easy (and cheesy!) Cajun Shrimp Alfredo. Incredibly creamy and offering a mouthwatering Cajun kick, this just-spicy-enough pasta dish delivers major flavor with minimal effort. We opted to keep it classic using fettuccine noodles, but any pasta shape will work great!

A version of this article originally appeared on MyRecipes.com

Cajun Shrimp Alfredo

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces uncooked fettuccine pasta

  • 1 pound medium peeled, deveined raw shrimp

  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion (from 1 onion)

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery (from 1 stalk)

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/3 cup chicken stock

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1 cup)

  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions, for garnish

Method

  1. Cook the pasta:

    Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. 

  2. Cook the shrimp:

    Toss together the shrimp and Cajun seasoning in a medium bowl to coat.

    Add the oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Tilt to coat the skillet. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook until opaque, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the shrimp to a plate.

  3. Make the sauce:

    Add the onion, celery, and garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until the onion is tender, about 3 minutes.

    Add the chicken stock and stir to loosen the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Stir in the heavy cream, Parmesan, pepper, salt, and cayenne. Cook, stirring often, until thickened, 4 to 5 minutes.

  4. Add the pasta and toss:

    Add the cooked, drained pasta and toss to coat. Top with the shrimp and sprinkle with scallions. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
563 Calories
31g Fat
46g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 563
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 212mg 71%
Sodium 1591mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 505mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.