Earlier this spring, my mom visited me in NOLA while she was on Spring Break. We had so much fun running around and doing the best tourist-y things that New Orleans and the South has to offer! Oysters at Superior Seafood, Mint Juleps at Oak Alley, and pour-overs at Hi Volt coffee. Don’t tell me you’re surprised that all of the highlights involved food!
Though my vacations – and vacation plans for other people – are notoriously “Type A” and ridiculously packed, I did let mom take a night off for a chill day. We cooked together (less than a dozen angry words! A new record!) and recreated this recipe that my northerner mother makes frequently at home.So, yes, this is a total “cheater” recipe , and not authentically Cajun, but it is still seriously delicious and can be made in any place in the world!
I made a few modifications to up the healthiness and creaminess. Note of caution – I use “healthy” in the terms of low-carb dieting. There are very few carbs in here (cut out the bell pepper and onion if you’re keto or severely low-carb), but there is a lot of tasty fat in the cheese. If you’re not worried about carbs, pop these shrimps over pasta or rice for a filling meal!
Measure out your ingredients. Prepare your shrimp (remove the tails and de-vein if necessary, depending on what you bought). Chop up the bell peppers to the desired size. I gave them a rough chop so that each bite would deliver a big burst of fresh flavor. Coat the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning. Cut the cream cheese into small cubes (about ten).
Melt the butter in a large pan over medium-low heat. Add the onions and bell peppers; saute for about ten minutes, until the onion is translucent.
Pro Tip: Saute the vegetables over medium-low heat so that they soak up the butter and cook evenly. Even though it takes longer, this will keep the butter and the vegetables from burning!
Toss in the shrimp, and cook them, stirring around, for about 8 minutes, or until cooked through. Add the spinach, and continue to stir until it is wilted.
Pour the cream into the pan; add the cream cheese. Let this mix heat up for about two minutes, then stir it together until it is mixed evenly. Finally, sprinkle the parmesan on top. Let it heat up again, and then carefully stir until it is melted and incorporated throughout. Serve and enjoy!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
This easy shrimp recipe is a quick fix for a protein-filled weeknight dinner with the taste of Louisiana!