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Jambalaya Cajun Shrimp Bites

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A spicy, delicious appetizer, these Jambalaya Cajun Shrimp Bites are perfect for your Mardi Gras celebration, or any time you just want something different!

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Who’s ready for Mardi Gras?

I know we are!

St. Louis is known as one of the cities with the largest Mardi Gras celebrations.

Huge parades, floats, day events and of course the annual Fat Tuesday events are in abundance here.

My children’s father is from Louisiana and one year we were actually there for the big event.

While I don’t do that sort of thing much anymore, you can still find me in the kitchen having a lot of fun with food that day.

We love Creole food, it’s so spicy and wonderfully flavorful.

Mardi Gras is historically a food focused holiday, which makes it perfect for me. 

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Traditionally, we usually make a big old pot of Jambalaya the day of the parade festivities.

We invite some family over and watch everything on tv.

We are doing that again this year, but instead of a big pot of Jambalaya, I decided to mix it up a little and serve bite size food.

 This year we are making Jambalaya Cajun Shrimp Bites!

They are so tasty and easy to just pop into your mouth. Because you saute the shrimp in Creole seasoning first, you get a little extra spice from that too.

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Zatarain’s is my go-to mix to make Jambalaya, which is a staple for our Mardi Gras celebration.

Zatarain’s is celebrating 125 years this year, so you know they know cajun/creole like it’s nobody’s business.

The mixes are so versatile and easy to use, allowing full customization, and allowing me to change our normal giant pot of Jambalaya to cute little bite size morsels.  

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Also be sure and check out the other fabulous recipes for Jambalaya inspired dishes!

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Jambalaya Cajun Shrimp Bites

Jambalaya Cajun Shrimp Bites

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This recipe is awesome with delicate, flaky puff pastry, but can also be modifed to be served like brushetta, in mushroom caps or any other small bite way.


  • Puff Pastry Cups, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 box of Zatarain's Original or Mild Jambalaya Mix
  • 1.5 lbs. medium shrimp, uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons ZATARAIN'S® Creole Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  1. Prepare puff pastry according to package directions.
  2. Prepare Zatarain's Jambalaya mix according to package directions.
  3. In a large skillet on the stove, heat oil over medium high heat.
  4. In a bowl, toss the shrimp and creole seasoning together to coat evenly.
  5. Cook and stir shrimp in the hot oil in the skillet until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, which took about 4-6 minutes.
  6. Fill each pastry cup with prepared Zatarain's Jambalaya mix.
  7. Top each pastry cup with a shrimp. Serve on a large platter and be sure to make plenty, because they go fast!

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Thursday 11th of February 2016

These are absolutely adorable and I love the flavors!

Arlene Mobley

Monday 8th of February 2016


Your Shrimp Bites are the perfect Mardi Gras appetizer recipe!

Renee @ ReneesKitchenAdventures

Monday 8th of February 2016

I had no idea St Louis was into celebrating Mardi Gras! How cool. These bites are the perfect way to celebrate too!


Monday 8th of February 2016

I would love to sink my teeth into a few of these! Looks delicious.

susan / the wimpy vegetarian

Sunday 7th of February 2016

I would LOVE this, Nicole! I'm going to make this next week - it's beautiful, and looks so delicious!!

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