This Cajun shrimp and vegetable skillet recipe is a hearty and healthy dish, perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. It is packed with a spicy flavor that you’re going to love.
I was inspired to make something Cajun this week after watching the devastation to Louisianna from Hurricane Ida. My heart goes out to all those suffering from the storm.
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I plan to do my part to help the economy down in New Orleans in a few months when my family and I travel there for the Thanksgiving holiday. I am very excited because I have never visited before and I am looking forward to eating myself silly!
If you have any recommendations for me, be sure to leave them in the comment box. I’d love to try something that a tourist wouldn’t know about without the help of a local.
Cajun Shrimp Skillet
This meal has a wonderful mix of flavors, from the Cajun seasoning to the mild, savory shrimp, spicy andouille sausage, and the sweetness of the veggies. It is a perfect combo to delight your taste buds.
What is Andouille Sausage?
Here in the US, we think of Louisianna Cajun and Creole cuisine when we think of andouille sausage. It is a grainy and coarse pork sausage with a spicy smoked flavor. It is somewhat similar to chorizo, though chorizo tends to be a bit hotter.
Homemade or Packaged Cajun Seasoning?
I do recommend making your own homemade Cajun seasoning mix. It is very easy to prepare, and won’t include the preservatives found in prepared versions. If you are a fan of cooking with Cajun spices, you can easily double or triple the seasoning ingredients and keep plenty on hand for all your dishes. Any excess seasoning can be stored in a spice jar for several months.
Preparing your own Cajun spice blend will allow you to control the level of heat by adjusting the amount of cayenne pepper used. Like it hot? Add more cayenne. Prefer it mild? Add less cayenne.
If you would rather save time, go ahead and purchase a pre-packaged Cajun seasoning blend like Gourmet Blends. If you follow my recipes, you know this is my favorite pre-packaged seasoning brand. They use far less salt than any other brand. I’ve tried just about all their varieties and highly recommend them.
Ingredients for Cajun Seasoning:
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp smoked paprika
½ tbsp onion powder
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground pepper
2 tsp salt
All you need to do to make this Cajun seasoning blend is to combine each of the ingredients together in a bowl. Stir together well, and then transfer them over to a spice jar or any airtight container. Remember, this seasoning blend will keep for a few months if you end up with some extra.
Ingredients for Cajun Shrimp:
1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 andouille sausage links, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced into half rounds
1 zucchini sliced, into half rounds
1 green pepper, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
½ white onion, finely diced
1-2 tbsp Cajun seasoning, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
salt & pepper, to taste
2 tbsp chopped parsley (for garnish)
I like to use a cast iron skillet when I make this meal, but you can use any large, heavy skillet that you prefer.
Coat the shrimp with one tablespoon of olive oil and one-half tablespoon of your Cajun seasoning. Set it aside.
Place the large skillet over medium heat. Add the andouille sausage, stirring occasionally until the sausage becomes browned, which should take about 4-5 minutes. Once browned, transfer the sausage to a plate.
Add one tablespoon of olive oil to your skillet with the seasoned shrimp. Spread the shrimp into a single layer. Don’t overcrowd them and cook, stirring once, just until the shrimp is opaque and begin to curl – about 2 minutes. Do not overcook. Transfer the shrimp to the plate with the sausage.
Add the last of the olive oil to the skillet, along with the onion, garlic, and the diced bell pepper. Sprinkle with additional Cajun seasoning, if desired, and stir to combine it all together. Cook, stirring frequently until the vegetables soften and develop some color, about 4-5 minutes.
Add the yellow squash and zucchini to the skillet and cook, tossing frequently until browned and tender. Remove from heat and stir in the andouille sausage, shrimp, and fresh parsley (if using). Stir it all together and serve immediately.
This is a quick and easy dish made of shrimp, sausage, and vegetables with loads of Cajun spices. It takes about 30 minutes to make and is a perfect one-pan meal.
Love seafood? Be sure to give my Fried Calamari Salad a try, you won’t be disappointed!
Have you given this quick dinner a try? Leave me a comment below or tag @coolbeanliving on Instagram with a photo – I’d love to see how it turned out!
Cajun Shrimp Skillet
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- ½ tbsp onion powder
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 lb jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
- 4 Andouille sausage links sliced
- 1 yellow squash sliced into half rounds
- 1 zucchini sliced into half rounds
- 1 green pepper finely diced
- 1 red bell pepper finely diced
- ½ white onion finely diced
- 1-2 tbsp Cajun seasoning divided
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 3 tbsp olive oil divided
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley for garnish, if desired
- Make the Cajun seasoning by combining all ingredients together in a bowl. Stir to combine, then transfer to an airtight container.
- Coat the shrimp with one tablespoon olive oil and one-half tablespoon Cajun seasoning. Set aside.
- Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the Andouille sausage, stirring occasionally until the sausage becomes browned, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer sausage to a plate and set aside.
- Add one tablespoon olive oil to the skillet, along with the seasoned shrimp. Spread shrimp into single layer and cook, stirring once, just until the shrimp is opaque and begins to curl - about 2 minutes. Do not overcook. Transfer shrimp to the plate with the sausage.
- Add remaining olive oil to the skillet, along with the onion, garlic, and the diced bell pepper. Sprinkle with additional Cajun seasoning, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently until the vegetables soften and develop some color, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the yellow squash and zucchini to the skillet and cook, tossing frequently until browned and tender. Remove from heat and stir in the Andouille sausage, shrimp, and fresh parsley. Stir to combine and serve immediately.