Skip to Content

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

Originally published June 2013.

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. Instead of chicken though, I used shrimp instead 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. 

Love seafood?

If you’re looking for more great ideas like this, check out this collection of 20 of Our Favourite Seafood Dinners. 

20 Best Seafood Dinner Recipes photo collage with title text for Pinterest

Like this Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti recipe?

You’ll find hundreds of other great ideas in our Quick & Easy Dinners Category and even more in our Chicken Recipes Category.

It’s easy to keep up with the latest home style cooking & baking ideas from Rock Recipes. Be sure to follow Rock Recipes Facebook Page and follow us on Instagram

Plus you’ll see daily recipe suggestions from decadent desserts to quick delicious weekday meals too. 

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti

You can also sign up for our FREE newsletter to know immediately when we add new recipes. You’ll also get weekly suggestions for great family friendly  meals and desserts too!

Rock Recipes a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. Our product recommendations are almost exclusively for those we currently use or have used in the past.
Visit my Amazon Store for my favourite kitchen gadgets and appliances, plus recommendations from my personal cookbook collection.
Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti
Yield: 6 servings or 4 large servings.

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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.


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.


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 serving without pasta.

Amount Per Serving Calories 257Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 287mgSodium 1388mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 3gSugar 11gProtein 27g

Did you like this recipe?

Do you love our "Real food recipes for real people'? Share the recipe on Facebook to let your friends know about us. They'll thank you for it.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

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!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe

Sharing is Caring

Help spread the word. You're awesome for doing it!