Cajun Shrimp and Dirty Rice

Spice up your kitchen with this New Orleans-inspired dish.

Cajun Shrimp and Dirty Rice
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This high-protein meal is perfect for those nights when you can’t quite figure out what you want to eat. This dish is your solution.

Not only is it quick and easy to make, but the Cajun flavors will wake up your taste buds and leave your stomach satisfied.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Jamila René Lepore, M.S., R.D.N. at No Nonsense Nutritionist.

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Prep time

5 min.

Cook time

20 min.

  • 1 1/3 cup dried brown rice
  • 1-2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp bouillon base (or 1 bouillon cube)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onions and bell peppers
  • 1 lb shrimp, any size, peeled and deveined
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Cook rice according to package instructions, and add Old Bay and Cajun seasonings to prepared rice. For a milder version, only use 1 tsp of each of the seasonings. For a hotter version, add 2 teaspoons. Add salt to taste.

Meanwhile, heat a skillet to medium-high heat and add butter, water, and bouillon to the pan.

Once butter has melted, add peppers and onions, and cook until softened and translucent.

Toss the shrimp into the pan, and heat until just cooked through, 3-5 minutes (depending on size of the shrimp you use—small shrimp cook faster).

Stir in beans and rice, and adjust seasoning to taste.