Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a decadent pasta with shrimp sautéed in a creamy sauce and tossed with pasta. Great for date night or any day you want to indulge. 

If you’ve checked out my shrimp tacos or many of the other shrimp recipes I’ve got on the blog, you know that we LOVE shrimp around here.

I am always a sucker for a creamy, indulgent pasta. And that is exactly what this Cajun Shrimp Pasta. Its creamy, carb-y heaven on a plate. And you’re going to love it.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a decadent pasta with shrimp sautéed in a creamy sauce and tossed with pasta. Great for date night or any day you want to indulge. 

Recently I was craving something creamy with just a little kick to it and I always have some pasta in the pantry, so I thought I would indulge myself . The result of my indulgence you ask? This recipe for Cajun Shrimp Pasta.

Succulent shrimp are simmered in a creamy Cajun sauce with shallots and bell peppers before tossing the mixture with fettuccine. Rich and Creamy, Cajun-y goodness! Who could resist?

But first, since I tend to get some questions on this, let’s talk a little bit about shrimp.

How do pick the right size shrimp?

Shrimp is usually sold by the number it takes to make one pound.  When shopping for shrimp you will see numbers like 31/40, 51-60, U- 10. 31/40 means there are 31 to 40 shrimp per pound. 51 to 60 means there are 51 to 60 shrimp per pound and U- 10 means that there are under 10 shrimp in a pound.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a decadent pasta with shrimp sautéed in a creamy sauce and tossed with pasta. Great for date night or any day you want to indulge. 

When I make pastas, I like to use smaller shrimp, usually 51 – 60. I like to use this so that once I toss the pasta there is more shrimp throughout the entire dish.

How do you thaw frozen shrimp?

More often than not, I will use frozen shrimp when I am cooking. But frozen shrimp should always be thawed first.

To thaw frozen shrimp, simply put it in a colander underneath cool (not hot) running water for several minutes. Then pat the shrimp dry and they will be good to go.

You can also place the shrimp in a bag (or use the bag it comes in if it comes in one) and submerge it under cool water. This method may take longer but you won’t need to continually run water.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta is creamy, spicy and decadent. It makes a great date night meal!

How do you devein shrimp?

Please, friends, always devein your shrimp before cooking.

If you want to make things easier, which I tend to do, buy E-Z peel shrimp. These shrimp are already spilt and deveined so you don’t need to do it.

If you buy shrimp that isn’t deveined don’t worry, it is pretty easy to do. Simply use a pairing knife to cut a slit down the back of the shrimp and move the black vein that runs down the back.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a decadent pasta with shrimp sautéed in a creamy sauce and tossed with pasta. Great for date night or any day you want to indulge. 

Now a little bit more about this Cajun Shrimp Pasta: 

It is creamy. It has a little kick. It’s decadent and indulgent. And, quite honestly, one of my favorite ways to enjoy pasta.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a decadent pasta with shrimp sautéed in a creamy sauce and tossed with pasta. Great for date night or any day you want to indulge. 

I do use a cajun seasoning blend to give it that kick. You can find them pretty easily in your local grocery store, it might be called blackened seasoning as well. You can also make your own.

For the creaminess, I use heavy cream and sour cream. I like the extra tanginess that the sour cream adds.

For the pasta part, you can pick any pasta you like for the most part. Keep in mind that you will want a pasta that can handle a heavier sauce so I would skip angel hair. Linguine or fettuccine work fabulously.

This Cajun Shrimp Pasta is easy enough to make on a weeknight and fancy enough to make for a date night at home. A little salad and wine and you are good to go.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta easy enough for a weeknight meal, decadent enough for a date night! Shrimp simmered in a creamy cajun sauce tossed with linguine. #seafood #shrimp #pasta #cajunshrimp #easy #spicy

Note: Originally posted 2009. Photos updated 2018.

More Shrimp Recipes: 

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Tarragon Shrimp Salad

Easy Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

More Cajun Recipes:

Cajun Popcorn Shrimp

Cajun Pot Roast with Tomato Gravy

Cajun Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Serves 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:
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  • 1 pound dried pasta such as linguine or fettuccine
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped small
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 pound (51-60) count prawns, peeled and deveined
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste



Start the water for your pasta and cook according to package directions.


Meanwhile, heat olive oil and butter in a large pan over medium heat. Once butter has melted add garlic, shallots and bell pepper. Cook until slightly softened, the bell peppers will still be a bit crunchy, about 3 minutes.


Reduce heat to medium-low. Add heavy cream, sour cream and Cajun seasoning to pan. Stir to combine and cook until warmed through about 3 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for 5-6 minutes or until the shrimp are pink.


Once your pasta is finished cooking, strain and add to sauce, toss to combine. Let stand 5 minutes, toss once more. Serve.


Nutrition facts not guaranteed.

Nutrition information

Calories: 458 , Total Fat: 17.5 , Saturated Fat: 8.9 , Cholesterol: 197mg , Sodium: 206mg , Carbohydrates: 46.4 , Fiber: 0.3g , Sugar: 1.1g , Protein: 25.6

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    February 25, 2019 at 11:45 am

    This is the only thing I can think about now. I know what is getting made for dinner tonight!

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    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    February 22, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    This is such an amazing flavor combo!! Would love to try it!

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    Katerina @ diethood .com
    February 22, 2019 at 10:32 am

    mmm..pasta and shrimp is my favorite!! I can’t wait to try this!! It looks incredibly delicious!

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    February 22, 2019 at 4:55 am

    Pasta and shrimp, what a combination! Looks delicious!!

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    Melanie Bauer
    February 22, 2019 at 4:15 am

    That looks spectacular! I would love to try this, combinations of those flavors are amazing!

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    Mahy Elamin
    February 22, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I made tonight and it was delicious.

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    February 21, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    I will always love this combination! This looks fantastic!

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    January 25, 2019 at 7:55 am

    This will be a huge hit for sure! I cannot wait to eat it!

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    January 24, 2019 at 10:39 am

    I’m all about some pasta! Looks delicious.

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    Taylor W.
    January 24, 2019 at 10:11 am

    So creamy and delicious! Love all the flavor!

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    January 24, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Oh my goodness! This pasta looks absolutely amazing! I wish I had a bowl right now!

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    January 23, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I always order this when we go out so this will be perfect for a date night in!

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    Chrissie Baker
    January 23, 2019 at 11:39 am

    I have made a lot of cajun pasta in my day. This is by far the BEST! I will definately be making again!

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    March 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Sounds yummy. Due to allergies I’ll substitute chicken. (Gawd, how I miss shellfish. Sigh..) Thanks for the ideas. ;o}

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      March 3, 2009 at 8:56 am

      Oh I’m sure chicken will be just as yummy Val. You’re welcome :)

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