This Cajun Shrimp and Sausage is a super easy recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to make. Perfect for a quick meal, but still full of flavor!
This week I am sharing with you a super easy and quick low carb meal that is full of flavor and spice. If you like cajun cuisine, this is for you!
I love Jambalaya, Etoufee, Gumbo and cajun stews, but I wanted something lighter and faster to make, so I went to the fridge to see what I could come up with and this Cajun Shrimp and Sausage was the result of that experiment.
It’s freaking delicious and most of the ingredients I am sure you already have in your pantry. It only took 30 minutes to cook and I served it with cauliflower rice to soak up the juices.
The Cajun Seasoning combined with Chipotle Pepper gave it a nice kick! If you don’t like it too spicy, you can decrease the amount of both in the recipe, but to me cajun cuisine is not cajun without a good heat.
Cajun Shrimp and Sausage
- 1 lb frozen or fresh medium shrimp
- 12 oz smoked beef sausage or andouille sausage
- 2 bay leaves
- 14 oz canned diced tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 1/2 yellow onion diced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
- 1/4 tsp chipotle pepper powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- salt to taste
- In a pan, heat olive oil. Sauté the onions and garlic for a couple minutes.
- Add the sausage and sauté for 3 minutes.
- Add bell peppers and all seasoning (except salt-see note) and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the diced tomatoes and stir well. Let it cook for 15-20 minutes.
- Add the shrimp and cook it until the shrimp is no longer translucent (white/pink) – about 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and serve.
What is the difference between smoked sausage and andouille?
The sausage I used in this dish is made with different cuts of beef that are ground and encased.
Andouille is traditional in Cajun cuisine and hotter (cajun spiced). It is made of pig’s stomach and intestinal organs instead of meat cuts. Both are delicious, but I only had smoked sausage in the fridge, so that is what I used.
Is this a Jambalaya?
I debated what to call this Cajun Shrimp and Sausage recipe as it has similar ingredients as Jambalaya and Gumbo, but it’s neither. Both Jambalaya and Gumbo have more ingredients. Jambalaya is a rice based dish like Paella or Arroz con Pollo. Gumbo has more of a soup consistency and usually contains okra. So this recipe is truly an in-between.
If you love Gumbo, you need to try this recipe.
What recipe should I make next?