Cajun Shrimp and Crab Mac and Cheese

This Cajun Shrimp and Crab Mac and Cheese is super creamy, cheesy and decadent. This delicious spin to the classic dish will surely be your new favourite!

Cajun Shrimp and Crab Mac and Cheese


INGREDIENTS
CAJUN SHRIMP:
  • 2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined (if frozen, thawed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp cajun seasoning
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

MAC AND CHEESE:
  • 3 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 2Ibs Fresh Crab legs, cooked OR 2 and 1/2 cups imitation crab meat, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh or dried basil + more for topping
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 - 2 and 2/3 cups evaporated milk
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp Paprika, or to taste (see notes)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, or to taste (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cups mild cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cups colby & monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Cajun seasoning, for topping

INSTRUCTIONS
FOR THE CAJUN SHRIMP:
  1. Read the notes before beginning the recipe.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. In a medium bowl, add shrimp, olive oil, cajun seasoning, and a pinch of salt and pepper and toss to combine and coat the shrimp.
  3. Once skillet is hot, add shrimp and cook, stirring constantly until shrimp is pink, 4-6 minutes. Set aside.
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