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Finished shrimp and rice dish in a bowl with a napkin.

Spicy Cajun Shrimp and Rice Pilaf Skillet

This One Pot Spicy Cajun Shrimp and Rice Pilaf is an incredibly flavorful dish that comes together in under 45 minutes (including marinating time!). It's an impressive dinner recipe with a kick of heat that keeps you digging in.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


Cajun shrimp:

  • 1 lb fresh shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter

Rice Pilaf:

  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup orzo
  • ½ cup long grain white rice rinsed and drained
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped


  • Add the shrimp, cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes, chopped garlic, and olive oil to a bowl. Marinate in the fridge for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  • Heat the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. When the butter is melted and starting to sizzle, add the shrimp (ideally in one layer) and cook 2-3 minutes on both sides. The shrimp is done cooking when it's no longer translucent. Using a slotted spoon remove the shrimp and set it aside. Don't wipe the skillet clean.
  • To the same skillet melt the remaining butter and toast the orzo for about 3 minutes until lightly golden.
  • To the orzo add the rice, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper. Mix to combine.
  • Add the broth, bring to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes until the rice is cooked through. If the broth evaporates too quickly lower the heat a bit and add more broth (or water) ¼ cup at a time.
  • To the finished rice, stir in the fresh chopped parsley.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 834kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 351mg | Sodium: 2646mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3324IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: cajun
Keyword: cajun, rice pilaf, Shrimp, spicy shrimp
Author: Haley