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.

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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.

Pro Tip: Add more or less cajun seasoning to adjust the level of heat in this dish.

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:

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.

I hope this creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta becomes a new family favorite for you.

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Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta

4.99 from 357 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
Canjun shrimp pasta recipe served with parsley
Cajun Shrimp Pasta recipe that makes for the BEST pasta dinner that is ready in under 30 minutes! Buttery cajun shrimp in a creamy cajun sauce mixed with pasta. An easy pasta dish packed with so much flavor!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 servings
  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp cajun seasoning, divided *or added to taste depending on brand used.
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more to serve
  • 2 Tbsp parsley to garnish, (optional)

Instructions

  • Cook the penne pasta in a pot of salted water until al dente according to package instructions. Drain the water and cover the pasta to keep warm.
  • Coat the shrimp with 1 Tbsp of the cajun seasoning. In a deep skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the seasoned shrimp in a single layer and saute for about 1-2 minutes per side, or until the shrimp is no longer translucent, remove from skillet and cover to keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter with the minced garlic and cook 30 seconds until fragrant. Add in the diced tomatoes and saute for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the heavy whipping cream, remaining 1 Tbsp cajun seasoning and grated parmesan cheese. Bring to a simmer then reduce to medium/low heat and continue 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the shrimp and pasta back into the skillet and stir until noodles are coated in sauce and everything is heated through. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired and serve.

Notes

*Different brands of cajun seasoning have varying amounts of salt. If your seasoning is saltier, start with half of the seasoning and add more to taste. 

Nutrition Per Serving

523kcal Calories33g Carbs25g Protein32g Fat18g Saturated Fat1g Trans Fat289mg Cholesterol745mg Sodium303mg Potassium2g Fiber2g Sugar2348IU Vitamin A7mg Vitamin C265mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Amount per Serving
Calories
523
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
32
g
49
%
Saturated Fat
 
18
g
113
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
289
mg
96
%
Sodium
 
745
mg
32
%
Potassium
 
303
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
25
g
50
%
Vitamin A
 
2348
IU
47
%
Vitamin C
 
7
mg
8
%
Calcium
 
265
mg
27
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun shrimp pasta
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 523

Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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Comments

  • Danielle
    March 18, 2024

    My best friend Tiffanie made this Cajun shrimp dish and she did her thing!!!

    Reply

  • Turquoise
    March 18, 2024

    This was the best . My family loved it . Of course I did added my little razzle dazzle . Definitely recommend!

    Reply

  • Heather L
    March 7, 2024

    We make this at least twice a month in our house. We use chicken instead of shrimp because I am the only one in the house that will eat shrimp. It is a huge hit everytime. The kids and hubby request it often!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 7, 2024

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Heather!

      Reply

  • South Texas Rooster
    February 28, 2024

    rate this 4.5. it’s good. alot depends on grade of parmesan and selection of cajun seasoning. but I like it

    Reply

  • Ron
    February 21, 2024

    This is my go-to recipe for when kids and grandkids visit. It’s easy, fills everyone up and is very tasty. The shrimp version is their favorite but as some don’t like seafood I occasionally make the chicken on. I use the Cajun Two Step regular seasoning (available on Amazon) and it’s perfect for this dish.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 21, 2024

      That’s great to hear, Ron! Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

  • Eric M
    February 4, 2024

    We’ve made this recipe 5 or 6 times now and love it so much! Last night we added a 5 ounce bag of spinach at the very end and cooked it for 2 or 3 minutes in the sauce. It worked really well!!

    Thanks for sharing all of these amazing recipes with us

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 4, 2024

      That’s wonderful, Eric!

      Reply

  • MaryAnn
    January 31, 2024

    Excellent recipe! I did add the juice of one lemon to deglaze pan after shrimp and a few teaspoons of butter when i added the garlic. Then added red pepper flakes at the end. The sauce was amazing!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2024

      Sounds great! Thank you for sharing that with us. Really happy that you enjoyed this recipe a lot.

      Reply

      • Mike From Alpharetta, GA
        April 7, 2024

        I added some Chardonnay to the shrimp and my own Cajun Spice Mix. Great dish! Thanks!!!

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  • Susie
    January 10, 2024

    This is my family’s new favorite dish! I used thick shaved parmesan while cooking and then topped it with a little more cheese and parsley at the end and covered it for a few minutes while everyone got to the table. Next time I’ll be adding mushrooms!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 10, 2024

      I bet this will be so good with mushrooms! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Susie.

      Reply

  • Felicia
    December 26, 2023

    Th3 food was good but way to greasy. I used exactly what the recipe said use. What could be this reason?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 26, 2023

      Hi Felicia! Heavy whipping cream has a high fat content. You can use a lighter cream but if you are using a lighter cream the sauce won’t thicken as much, it will be more watery.

      Reply

  • Lilly
    December 26, 2023

    I make this all the time and it’s delicious! I double the garlic and add 2 cups of cream and it’s super creamy and garlicky! And cook my shrimps a bit longer and it’s a crowd pleaser !Even my two year old loves it!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 26, 2023

      Nice to know that your kid loves this recipe too! Thanks so much for the review and good feedback, Lily.

      Reply

  • Lara Allen
    December 26, 2023

    Made this for a large group and it was a big hit. I used canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh and it worked great. I will definitely make this again.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 26, 2023

      So glad it was a hit! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Tracy
    November 24, 2023

    Do you use fresh or canned tomatoes, or does it not matter? Thanks!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 24, 2023

      Hi Tracy! You can dice fresh tomatoes or use canned diced tomatoes. Either will work fine. I hope you love the recipe!

      Reply

  • jeriw
    November 2, 2023

    I love this recipe! I use half of the cajun seasoning and I also use Barilla Red Lentil penne (husband is diabetic).

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 2, 2023

      Thanks for sharing, I’m glad to hear that you loved our recipe!

      Reply

  • Megan
    September 23, 2023

    This was such a great recipe. I did half shrimp, half chicken, and it was phenomenal. Will be making again!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 23, 2023

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Megan!

      Reply

  • L
    September 15, 2023

    This is the saltiest thing I’ve ever made. Two tablespoons of the seasoning blend linked on the recipe was a disaster.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 19, 2023

      You may be using a cajun seasoning with a higher amount of salt in it. If you are using a cajun seasoning that has a high salt content, start with half of the seasoning and add more to taste.

      Reply

  • Susan
    September 14, 2023

    I made this last night and doubled the recipe for my big eating teen boys and hungry husband. I used trader joes argentian red shrimp and it was delicious!! I did add two sliced bell peppers before I added the garlic and it was amazing! thank you for this recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 14, 2023

      You’re welcome, Susan! Happy to see your feedback and review, glad your family enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Fera
    September 7, 2023

    Excellent. I try new shrimp recipes all the time and this one is a keeper. Per other reviews I used 1 T cajun. Perfect. I’m trying it again this time with orzo. thank you! Apologies if I already reviewed this – I forgot !

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 7, 2023

      Hi Fera! I’m so glad you liked it. Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Destiny
    September 3, 2023

    This is a new family favorite. I did use 1/2 Tbs of Tony’s Cajun seasoning on the shrimp and only 1 TBs for the sauce. It was plenty for us. My son requested more shrimp recipes. Next we will make the Tuscan Shrimp Pasta.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 3, 2023

      Great to hear! I hope you and your family will love all of the recipes that you will try from us.

      Reply

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