Cajun Shrimp and Corn Bread Casserole


This dumpling-topped shrimp casserole brings a taste of New Orleans to your kitchen no matter where you live. The corn bread dumplings on top of this shrimp recipe make it extra special.

Cajun Shrimp and Corn Bread Casserole
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen large shrimp in shells

  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

  • 2 green and/or red sweet peppers, coarsely chopped (1-1/2 cups)

  • 2 stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)

  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ounce black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

  • 1 ounce no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained and cut up

  • 1 recipe Corn Bread Dumplings

  • Snipped fresh parsley (optional)

Corn Bread Dumplings

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • cup yellow cornmeal

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ¼ cup fat-free milk or nondairy milk

  • 2 tablespoon canola oil


  1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Preheat oven to 400°F. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact if desired. Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels. In a large bowl combine shrimp and 1/2 teaspoon of the Cajun seasoning; toss gently to coat. Set aside.

  2. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or large oven-going skillet, cook sweet peppers, celery, and onion in hot oil over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Add shrimp and garlic. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are opaque.

  3. Stir in black-eyed peas, tomatoes, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning. Spread mixture in an even layer. Drop Corn Bread Dumplings into eight mounds on top of shrimp mixture.

  4. Bake, uncovered, for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers of dumplings comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Corn Bread Dumplings

  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl combine egg, milk, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.

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