Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta

This creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta recipe makes for the BEST pasta dinner ready in under 30 minutes! Buttery cajun shrimp in a creamy cajun sauce mixed with pasta.

Cajun shrimp pasta in a deep skillet topped with fresh greens and grated parmesan.

If you love easy pasta dinners like our Feta Pasta, creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta, or Chicken Alfredo Pasta, this Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a must try.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta Recipe

This simple pasta dish is such a great recipe to make, not only for busy weeknights but even a fancy dinner. Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a flavor-packed spin on our Creamy Shrimp Pasta. You’ll love the buttery and tender shrimp tossed in a spicy cajun seasoning and coated in creamy tomato alfredo pasta sauce with penne noodles.

Pasta, cajun shrimp, and sauce in a deep skillet unmixed.

How to Make Cajun Shrimp Pasta

  1. Pasta– Cook the pasta in salted water until al dente according to package instructions.
  2. Shrimp– Peel and devein shrimp. Toss the shrimp into the cajun seasoning and saute until opaque. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and cover to keep warm.
  3. Sauce– Saute garlic with butter until fragrant, add the tomatoes. Add cream, cajun seasoning, and parmesan and bring to a simmer.
  4. Combine – Add the shrimp back in along with the pasta and stir to coat in sauce.
  5. Serve– Top with freshly grated parmesan and parsley to serve.

Step by step collage on how to make homemade cajun shrimp pasta recipe.

Serve With

This hearty pasta dish is perfect to serve on its own, but we love to pair it with a fresh Caesar Salad or any of these sides:

  • Easy Garlic Bread
  • Roasted Cauliflower
  • Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad
  • Panzanella Salad

Cajun shrimp pasta in a skillet topped with fresh parmesan cheese and chopped greens.

Common Questions

What kind of shrimp can I use?

For the best results, you will want to use large fresh shrimp that are peeled and deveined. We love 21-25 count. You may also use frozen raw shrimp and thaw before using.

Can I use a different type of pasta?

You can substitute the penne pasta for any other pasta such as rigatoni, ziti, mostaccioli, and elbow pasta.

What type of cajun seasoning do I use?

You can use any of your favorite store bought cajun seasoning.

Can I add vegetables?

You can definitely add your favorite vegetable to the shrimp pasta. Onion, peppers, asparagus or green beans would all work great.

Why is my cajun sauce runny?

If your sauce is runny, then you did not simmer the sauce long enough. Also, make sure to use HEAVY whipping cream which has a higher fat content than regular whipping cream and don’t skip the parmesan cheese which helps thicken the sauce.

Wooden spatula in a skillet of cajun shrimp pasta with a spoonful of pasta and shrimp.


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