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Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti. An amazingly delicious fusion of Cajun and Italian cuisines in one of the most popular pasta dishes ever to appear on Rock Recipes.

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti

This Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti is my kind of meal; a delicious, spicy, satisfying plate of pasta with succulent grilled Cajun shrimp. It is based upon a restaurant meal I had a couple of years ago where chicken was used instead of the shrimp in this Cajun-Italian Fusion dish.

You could very easily substitute boneless skinless chicken breast strips in this recipe if you prefer. The original recipe added  Parmesan cheese which you can also add back in if you prefer and especially if you are using chicken.

Close up of steamed shrimp

Pre-cooked shrimp can also be used in this recipe. Just add them to the sauce at the end, only long enough to reheat them.

The sauce was also finished with cream which you can also do if you prefer. I have used some strained yogurt to keep the fat content low and make for a bit of a healthier version. 

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti

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Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti - an amazingly delicious fusion of Cajun and Italian cuisines in one of the most popular pasta dishes ever to appear on Rock Recipes.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian and Cajun
Keyword: cajun, italian, pasta, shrimp
Servings: 6 servings or 4 large servings.
Calories: 257 kcal
Author: Barry C. Parsons
For the Grilled Cajun Shrimp
  • 2 or 3 dozen large shrimp
  • kosher salt to season
  • Cajun spice blend
For the Pasta Sauce
  • 3 - 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chopped anchovy fillets
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes more or less to taste
  • 1/2 cup low fat yogurt or 1/3 cup whipping cream
For the Grilled Cajun Shrimp
  1. Season the shrimp with the salt and then roll them in the Cajun spice. You can use a prepared spice mix or try our recipe for The Best Cajun Spice Rub
  2. Lightly grill the shrimp for only about a couple of minutes per side. Set aside to add to the sauce when it is ready.
For the Pasta Sauce
  1. Place a coffee filter in a colander or mesh strainer. Add the yogurt and allow to stand in the fridge over a bowl to drain for an hour or two.
  2. Saute the garlic in olive oil for only a minute before adding the anchovies and tomatoes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Add the capers, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and about 1 tbsp of the Cajun Spice Mix and cook until the sauce begins to thicken to a jam-like consistency.
  4. Add the basil in the last minute or so of cooking along with the grilled Cajun shrimp and strained yogurt (or whipping cream). Simmer for just a minute or two before serving.
Recipe Notes

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Barry C. Parsons

Monday 24th of March 2014

Thanks for letting me know about the typo Sharon. It's now fixed.

Sharon Spicker

Monday 24th of March 2014

Can you please tell us what this is supposed to say?

•4 cups ounce can crushed tomatoes

Thank you! This recipe sounds wonderful!

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