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Easy Cajun Shrimp & Rice

Grab a few simple ingredients, create your own Cajun seasoning blend, then cook up the most flavorful shrimp & rice!

This EASY recipe is a treat for your taste buds!

Once you start making your own spice mixes at home, it’s hard to go back to those store bought blends.

Homemade is far superior in quality, flavor, and affordability. Especially if you can find bulk spices at a local co-op or specialty store.

Shrimp were on sale this week so that’s what’s going on the menu. I had all of the spices and a big container of brown rice already at home, so this meal was very budget-friendly for my family which is something I’m striving for; FLAVOR-

PACKED healthy meals that are easier on the wallet.

🧽Since you’re only using one pan, clean-up is easy, too!

🦐Did you know?

The exoskeleton of a shrimp – even if it’s only a small tail, is quite useful during the cooking process.
With the tail intact, it protects the small, tiny end of the shrimp from being overcooked and becoming chewy, as that side of the shrimp obviously cooks faster than the larger/thicker side.

Also – once the ingredients are combined and cooked together, the tiny shrimp tail shell actually adds a bit of flavor to your final product.

So, it’s not *just* for aesthetic reasons (although the tail DOES create prettier finished photos ☺️)

Shrimp isn’t the only seafood we often keep in its shells when serving. Think: Clams, oysters, mussels, lobsters, crabs, etc…

You may absolutely choose to remove the shrimp tail before cooking this dish, it will still come out great! I just wanted to touch on my personal reasoning here 🤪

➡️ For Meal Prep:
Place your leftovers into glass food prep containers in the fridge to reheat for future meals throughout the week. I would recommend storing this dish in the fridge for 2-3 days max.

4 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 Tbsps grass-fed butter or ghee, divided
  • 3 cups chicken bone broth
  • fresh cilantro or parsley leaves, chopped

Cajun seasoning:

  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


Rinse the rice under cold water using a fine mesh strainer for a minute until the water runs clear then allow to drain well. Pat your raw shrimp dry using a paper towel.
In a small bowl, whisk together all the seasonings for your Cajun blend. Preheat a large skillet and melt 2 Tablespoons of the butter.

Add your shrimp in a single layer and sprinkle with half of the homemade Cajun seasoning blend. Cook until pink and opaque, around 2 minutes on each side, then set aside and cover.

In the same skillet, add remaining 1 Tbsp butter, your rinsed brown rice and the remaining half of the Cajun seasoning blend.

Toast the rice for 1 minute in the skillet. Stir in the broth and bring it to a boil. Once bubbling, reduce the heat to low and cook the rice over low heat, covered, for about 22-25 minutes. Stir occasionally and add additional liquid, if needed.

Once your rice is done and tender, stir in the cooked shrimp and cilantro.
Serve hot.

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