Kid-Approved Cajun Style Shrimp, Red Beans, and Rice

By Lillian Lin-Levitan a recent ASU Nutrition student


This warming dish has some of my most favorite flavors. I take it easy on the hotter spices only because I’m serving young kids as well as the grown-ups. If you like it hot just add some cayenne pepper to taste – that’s what I do when the occasion calls for it.


First and foremost – the spice mixture

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper


Red Beans and Rice

  • 2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 white onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of paprika


In a large pan, melt butter and sauté chopped onion and garlic.


Add rinsed, uncooked brown rice. Add vegetable broth and spices, bring to a simmer and then reduce to low. Cook according to the directions on your rice.


Once rice is cooked and no liquid remains, mix in rinsed and drained beans. Add about ¾ of the preprepared spice mixture.



  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • Remaining ¼ of preprepared spice mixture


In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together.

Over medium heat, cook shrimp for about 5 minutes, stirring or flipping shrimp occasionally.


Put it all together!


Serve in a bowl with the bean and rice mixture on bottom, topped with shrimp.


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