CAJUN SHRIMP FRIED RICE


 This hearty one-pot 30-minute Cajun Shrimp Fried Rice brings the fabulous spicy flavours of Louisiana to your dinner table! An easy, full-flavoured recipe using sausage, shrimp or prawns and leftover rice.


A GREAT WAY TO USE LEFTOVER RICE

This Easy Cajun Shrimp Fried Rice is a spicy, wholesome, easy weeknight meal. It’s a one-pan, 30-minute meal with the flavours of New Orleans!


This Cajun shrimp with rice recipe would also be a fun dish to serve at a dinner party with friends. Place a large bowl or platter of this southern-flavoured rice dish in the middle of the table, and invite your friends to dig in and serve themselves!


Ingredients

▢2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin

▢7 oz andouille sausages, thinly sliced, or chorizo

▢2 stalks celery, chopped

▢1 medium onion, chopped

▢1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

▢1 ½ tsp Cajun seasoning, store-bought or homemade*

▢2 cups cooked rice, cooled

▢12 oz prawns or large shrimp (about 20 to 24) cooked and peeled

▢sea salt to taste

▢3 green onions, sliced

▢1 tbsp cilantro, roughly chopped (optional)

Instructions

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet. Add sliced sausage and cook, stirring occasionally until browned. Remove from skillet with tongs or a slotted spoon. Set aside in a bolw and cover to keep warm.

If there isn’t enough oil left from browning the sausage, add a little more. Add shrimp. Cook for 1 minute without stirring, then stir and flip and cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from the skillet and transfer to the bowl with the sausage.

If necessary, add a little more oil to the skillet and cook the celery, onion and red pepper, stirring until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the Cajun seasoning, and stir while cooking for about 1 minute.

Add the rice and continue stirring while cooking until rice is warm, about 3 minutes. Add the cooked shrimp and sausage and cook, stirring until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Check the seasoning, adding sea salt if necessary. Garnish with green onions (scallions) and/or cilantro and serve immediately.

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