Here’s a super easy, over-the-top tasty casserole dish that’s quick to make and perfect for a weeknight meal for busy families.
In the movie Forrest Gump, Bubba Blue says, “… shrimp is the fruit of the sea.” He then goes on about all the many ways you can cook and eat shrimp from barbecuing to a shrimp sandwich. He rattles them all off, except one: shrimp casserole!
OMG, Bubba, what were you thinking? Tasty shrimp. In a baked casserole. There’s nothing easier or better, especially on busy weeknights.
My mom gave me this recipe years ago. I call it a Cajun recipe because she made it using fresh shrimp right out of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico while we lived in Louisiana. Whether Cajun or not, it’s a super simple and quick to make meal that is delicious. I hope you like it as much as my family does.
- As always, I use my trusty Classic Cajun Cookware to brown the onions and peppers in this recipe. If you don’t have a skillet like this, the T-fal Advanced Cookware Fry Pan is also an outstanding choice.
- Every kitchen needs a good casserole dish, and I recommend this 8-Piece Deep Dish Set with Lids. These cook well and make storing leftovers or transporting food to a family gathering trouble-free. And with four popular sizes included in the set, you can’t go wrong here.
- I served this dish alongside a Creamy Pea and Beet Salad, which is a family favorite. A small green salad is also an excellent choice as a side.
- Serve with a side of crusty French bread or dinner rolls.
- This recipe doesn’t call for any added seasonings, though a little hot sauce is the perfect added touch. So, don’t forget to serve with a bottle of hot sauce on the table. The best of the best in Louisiana is Crystal Hot Sauce — a must if you want authentic Cajun tastes!
- If you happen to have leftovers, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Add a little water before warming your leftovers in the microwave.
- I recommend Vigo Saffron Yellow Rice because it’s simple to make and the flavors compliment the dish well. However, with all the varieties of yellow rice available, feel free to use your favorite brand.
- Be sure to peel and remove the tail on the shrimp. I also recommend deveining the shrimp, because the vein is its digestive tract filled with grit and waste. Deveining is a personal choice for sure, so you can leave vein if you so choose.
- Either fresh or frozen shrimp will do for this recipe. If using frozen, be sure to completely thaw the shrimp before adding the casserole pan.
- It’s easy to find Rotel Diced Tomatoes in the grocery store. However, if you’re unable to get your hands on a can, you can use Fire Roasted Dice Tomatoes with Garlic or similar as a substitute.
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