Go Back
Cajun Pepper Shrimp with Creamed Corn Orzo | halfbakedharvest.com #shrimp #summerrecipes #corn #30minutes
Print Recipe
4.47 from 204 votes

Cajun Pepper Shrimp with Creamed Corn Orzo.

Peppery, spicy, garlicky, and buttery shrimp is pan-seared with bell peppers and served over creamy, corny, and herby orzo pasta all made in about 30 minutes!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Calories: 478kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 ears corn kernels, removed from the cob
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup dry orzo pasta
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut cream or heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan or Asiago cheese
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail on or off (about 24 shrimp)
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 uncooked Andouille sausage links, meat removed from casings
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil roughly chopped

Instructions

  • 1. To make the orzo. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter, the corn, 2 tablespoons thyme, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until the corn is golden. Stir in the orzo and cook until toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Add the wine to the skillet and de-glaze the pan. Add the 2 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer 8-10 minutes until the orzo is al dente. Stir in the milk and parmesan, cook another few minutes until warmed through.
    2. Meanwhile, make the shrimp. In a medium bowl, toss together the shrimp, cajun seasoning, and a large pinch of pepper. 
    3.  Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the sausage and brown all over, about 5 minutes. Add the peppers and season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until the peppers are soft and tender, remove the sausage and peppers from the skillet to a plate.
    4. Return the skillet to high heat and add the olive oil. Add the shrimp and sear on both sides until pink, about 2-3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons butter, the garlic, and 1 tablespoon thyme, toss to coat and cook until the garlic is fragrant and caramelized, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil, lemon juice, and reserved sausage and peppers.
    5. To serve, spoon the orzo onto plates, top with shrimp and peppers. Enjoy!

Notes

Homemade Cajun Seasoning: mix 2 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 tablespoon dried thyme, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon black pepper. Makes 3/4 cup. 

Nutrition

Calories: 478kcal