This Shrimp, Sausage and Rice Pilaf dish is made with shrimp, sausage, spaghetti, rice, cajun seasoning, and lemon.
If you would like to make an easy cajun dish, this one-pot Shrimp & Sausage rice pilaf will hit the spot. This is pure comfort food filled with flavor. Louisiana is famous for making one-pot dishes - traditionally they use andouille sausage but I prefer a bit more spice to it. This is why I recommend using a spicy Italian sausage!
Many people were confused by my last Jambalaya recipe asking what the difference is between Jambalaya and paella. The key ingredient in paella is actually saffron, and it is what makes the rice yellow!
How to make Shrimp Sausage and Rice Pilaf
In a large bowl, add the shrimp, olive oil, cajun seasoning, paprika, thyme and salt and pepper. Stir and let it marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Heat a large deep pan over medium high heat and cook the shrimp, about 3 minutes on each side. Set aside on a plate.
In the same pan and medium heat, add the sausage, ¼ cup of water, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes. Set aside on another plate.
In the same pan, add the celery and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. If you need more olive oil you can add but otherwise cooking in the sausage grease works. Set aside on another plate.
In the same pan, add the rice and spaghetti and stir for 1 minute. Add 2 cups of water, increase the heat to high and wait for the water to boil. Once the water boils, add the lemon zest, lower the heat to the lowest possible heat, cover and cook for 7 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the pan covered for 15 minutes. Do NOT uncover for this part! 🙂
Add the shrimp, sausage, celery, and lemon juice into the pot of rice and stir. Garnish with parsley!