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Cooked Cajun shrimp laying on a bed of rice garnished with green onions in a blue bowl.
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Cajun Shrimp and Rice (Shrimp Delicate)

Cajun shrimp and rice, also known as shrimp delicate, is a savory shrimp dish served with a rich velvety gravy over rice.
Course Entrees, Main Courses
Cuisine American, Cajun, Creole
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 292kcal
Author Lisa B.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 celery rib chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 green onions green and white parts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled and de-veined
  • 4 to 6 servings hot cooked long grain white rice


  • Melt the butter and oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery. Sauté for 7 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the garlic and sauté for 30seconds.
  • Gradually add the flour and stir for one minute to make a roux.
  • Stir in the brown sugar, paprika, thyme, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper
  • Add the green onions, parsley, and broth. Season with additional salt if needed.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes until shrimp are pink and heated through.
  • Serve over cooked rice.


Storage: Uneaten shrimp delicate should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator within two hours. Shrimp should be consumed within four days.
Reheating: Reheat the shrimp in a saucepan over low heat. Cook just until the shrimp and gravy are heated through.
Freezing: Freeze the shrimp with the gravy in an airtight container or freezer bag. Consume within three months. Allow the shrimp the thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat the shrimp in a saucepan over low heat. Cook just until the shrimp and gravy are heated through.
Inspired by Louisiana Seafood.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 1100mg | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 197mg