Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta

by Rachel

Pasta isn’t always a comfort dish, but this creamy cajun shrimp pasta sure is! The rich creamy sauce will turn your frown upside down any day of the week. Plus, pasta is one of the easiest dishes to make. No matter how tired you are, you can boil some water and make a simple sauce.

Unlike some pasta dishes, this one is not boring at all. It has an abundance of flavor, seafood, cream, parsley, and cajun seasoning. All the flavors mix together and complement each other beautifully. If you’re ever in the mood for some seafood and pasta, don’t hesitate to reach for this recipe!

How to make Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta?

Cook the linguine and save one cup of pasta water.

Drain the pasta and drizzle some olive oil in the pan to prevent the pasta from sticking.

Season the shrimps with salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan.

Cook the shrimps in the saucepan for about 2 minutes and set them aside.

Melt butter in the same saucepan and whisk in the flour. Cook until slightly brown.

Add heavy cream to the saucepan and keep stirring to prevent lumps. Cook until thick for about a minute.

Add the pasta water and parmesan cheese to the saucepan, along with salt and pepper.

Mix in the pasta.

Add the shrimp to the pan, along with chopped parsley. Mix together.

What should I serve with cajun shrimp pasta?

Cajun shrimp pasta is a whole meal by itself. You’ve got your proteins and carbs all in one meal. If there is anything you want to add, you should add vegetables. Prepare a salad with fresh veggies and some olive oil dressing.

Can you add vegetables to cajun shrimp pasta?

Yes! Keep in mind the creamy consistency of the sauce and think about what would work well with that. You can add mushrooms if you enjoy their taste. Add tomatoes if you want to add some acidity to the sauce and make it less creamy.

Can you make cajun seasoning at home?

Of course! You can use store-bought cajun seasoning or mix it yourself at home. Here is what cajun seasoning consists of: paprika, garlic powder, oregano, kosher salt, onion powder, ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 4.0/5
( 4 voted )


  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • salt
  • 1 lb linguine
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese plus more for serving
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


Cook the linguine according to package directions, and save one cup of the cooking water. Drain and return pasta to the pot. Add just a drizzle of olive oil to prevent it from sticking.
Season shrimp with salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil, and once hot, cook shrimp until just pink, about 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and transfer to a plate.
Using the same saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Cook it until it is slightly golden.
Whisk in the white wine and the heavy cream. Keep whisking to prevent lumps for forming, and cook for about a minute.
Whisk in the reserved pasta water and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper
At this time, mix in the linguine
Return the cooked shrimp to the pan and add the chopped parsley. Mix everything together and check the seasoning for salt.

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