Cajun Shrimp Orzo Salad Recipe 🍤


  • 1pound orzo pasta
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 tablespoon plus 1-2 teaspoons cajun seasoning (spice level)
  • salt and black pepper

1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 bell peppers, chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh or dried thyme leaves

1/2 cup dry white wine, or substitute with chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk or heavy creamy

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orzo to al dente, according to package directions. Drain and add it right back to the hot pot. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 cup basil, lemon juice, and season with salt.

Meanwhile, toss the shrimp with 1 tablespoon

olive oil and 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning.

 In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the shrimp and cook on both sides until seared, about 2-3 minutes per side. Add the butter, then remove the shrimp from the pan. 

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, bell peppers, garlic, and thyme. Cook another 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and pour in the wine. Simmer over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Then add the milk, parmesan, and 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning. Season with salt and pepper. Slide the shrimp into the sauce, simmer 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from the heat and stir in a handful of basil.
 Spoon the orzo onto plates, then spoon the shrimp and sauce over the orzo. Top with fresh basil. Enjoy!


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