Cajun Shrimp and Rice Casserole

I know everyone's got Super Bowl fever, but let's not forget Mardi Gras is coming up soon and I couldn't resist making something to celebrate the event. This dish is spicy, cheesy, Cajun and comforting. You make it all in one large skillet and then pour it into a casserole to bake. We loved it!

Cajun Shrimp and Rice Casserole
From Noble Pig

1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup finely diced shallots
3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided
1 pound large shrimp, deveined and peeled (41/50)
1/4 cup  all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
12 oz shredded pepper jack cheese
4 oz shredded Gruyere cheese
4 oz  shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 can (15.5 oz) chili beans, drained
4-1/2 cups cooked long-grain rice
1 jar (2 oz) pimentos, drained
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large, deep, nonstick skillet, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Saute shallots and 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning until softened, about 2 minutes. Add shrimp and cook until just pink, about another two minutes. Add flour and stir until fully incorporated. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly, breaking up any little lumps. Bring to a slight boil and cook for one minute
Slowly add all three cheeses, stirring and making sure they are fully incorporated. Stir in remaining 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, cayenne, chili beans, rice and pimentos. Pour into a 2-quart casserole dish.
Melt 3 Tablespoons butter and mix with Panko bread crumbs. Sprinkle over the top. Bake for 20 minutes

Update on the move. I'm in. Look familiar?


  1. Well I know I would love this dish..I made a similar one when Jacques brought me back a cookbook from NO in the 70's! Glad to be reminded and have a new recipe..

    Barbara..where do you get your energy? God must have blessed you!
    Staing close? Bigger..smaller?

  2. That looks heavenly! A fantastic dish.

    Good luck with the move.




  3. Such a busy gal and you have time to share a wonderful recipe! It sounds delicious! Good luck with the unpacking and best wishes in your new abode, Barbara.

  4. Ooooo, this looks delicious, Barbara. The girls love Mardi Gras, and have been to New Orleans a couple times. It looks like you're moving in? I know how much work that can be. Just wanted to pop in and say hello, and have a happy Valentine's Day as well.


  5. Dear Barbara,

    This dish looks delicious and thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Glad that you have moved in and now good luck with unpacking and getting everything sorted.
    Good luck with your new abode.

  6. Spicy and cheesy...that sounds just like the right food for my weekend!

  7. Ooh, I had much rather eat this during Super Bowl than messy wings or anything like that. Well, at least you're in. Hope all goes well with the unpacking. You should see my garage - or then again, maybe you shouldn't :)

  8. boxes for miles!
    this dish looks so cheesy and satisfying. :)

  9. Love those one skillet dishes! This one looks perfect for this weekend.



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