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Cajun Shrimp Alfredo (Gluten-Free Option)

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Cajun Shrimp Alfredo

I’ve already blogged about how shrimp is one of my favorite foods of all time! But now I have started combining it with one of my family’s favorite meals and totally upping our pasta game! Cajun shrimp Alfredo is a new family favorite around here. 

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Substitutions

  • Normally, I would make fettuccine noodles with Alfredo, but I have a hard time finding gluten-free fettuccine in my area. So for now spaghetti noodles will work just fine. Using gluten-free pasta is the only thing you need to do to make this meal gluten-free. 
  • If you don’t like or cannot eat shrimp you can substitute it for chicken, sausage, or leave it meatless. 
  • The recipe calls for fresh Parmesan, if I don’t have any on hand I will use shredded mozzarella instead. 

Cajun Shrimp Alfredo Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cooked pasta
  • 8 tablespoons butter + 1 tablespoon for sautéing the shrimp
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced, divided (2 for the sauce, 1 for the shrimp) 
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1.5 cups whole milk or half-and-half
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 ounces jumbo raw shrimp, peeled
  • Cajun Seasoning (to taste) 
  • Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cajun Shrimp Alfredo Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions
  2. In a large skillet, melt the 8 tablespoons of butter with 2 garlic cloves. Add cream cheese, milk, and Parmesan. Stir until smooth and creamy. Add Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper. Taste the sauce to see if the spice level is to your liking. 
  3. Defrost and remove peels and tails of shrimp (if needed). In a smaller skillet, melt one tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Add shrimp, 1 garlic clove, Cajun seasoning, and cayenne pepper to taste. Sauté for 1-2 minutes per side or until the shrimp are fully pink. Don’t overcook or they get chewy. 
  4. Add the noodles, sauce, and shrimp together. Enjoy! 

Recipe notes:

I like this Cajun Seasoning: McCormick Cajun Seasoning. Not all Cajun seasonings are the same, some might be stronger or spicier, which is why I’ll let you taste your sauce and see how much you want to add. 

Because my kids are eating this meal too, I go pretty light on the cayenne pepper. If you like things spicy, add more! 

My sauce whisk is used constantly when I cook and this recipe is a perfect example. It really helps make the sauce become creamy and smooth. 

Cajun Shrimp Alfredo (Gluten-Free Option)

Cajun Shrimp Alfredo (Gluten-Free Option)

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cooked pasta
  • 8 tablespoons butter + 1 tablespoon for sautéing the shrimp
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced, divided (2 for the sauce, 1 for the shrimp)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1.5 cups whole milk or half-and-half
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 ounces jumbo raw shrimp, peeled
  • Cajun Seasoning (to taste)
  • Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions
  2. In a large skillet, melt the 8 tablespoons of butter with 2 garlic cloves. Add cream cheese, milk, and Parmesan. Stir until smooth and creamy. Add Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper. Taste the sauce to see if the spice level is to your liking. 
  3. Defrost and remove peels and tails of shrimp (if needed). In a smaller skillet, melt one tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Add shrimp, 1 garlic clove, Cajun seasoning, and cayenne pepper to taste. Sauté for 1-2 minutes per side or until the shrimp are fully pink. Don’t overcook or they get chewy. 
  4. Add the noodles, sauce, and shrimp together. Enjoy! 

Notes

Normally, I would make fettuccine noodles with Alfredo, but I have a hard time finding gluten-free fettuccine in my area. So for now spaghetti noodles will work just fine. Using gluten-free pasta is the only thing you need to do to make this meal gluten-free. 

If you don’t like or cannot eat shrimp you can substitute it for chicken, sausage, or leave it meatless. 

The recipe calls for fresh Parmesan, if I don’t have any on hand I will use shredded mozzarella instead. 

I like McCormick Cajun Seasoning. Not all Cajun seasonings are the same, some might be stronger or spicier, which is why I’ll let you taste your sauce and see how much you want to add. 

Because my kids are eating this meal too, I go pretty light on the cayenne pepper. If you like things spicy, add more! 

If you love pasta dishes and Alfredo, check out my Chicken Alfredo! 

Thanks for sharing!

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