12 Flavorful Shrimp and Sausage Recipes

a colorful plate of shrimp atop yellow grits, garnished with chopped scallions
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Shrimp and sausage make up the basis for so many classic dishes, including gumbo, jambalaya, seafood boils, and much more. Here we've gathered a collection of favorite shrimp and sausage recipes that put this legendary ingredient combo on display in delicious dinners.

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Good New Orleans Creole Gumbo

gumbo with rice in a white bowl
Jooyoung Lee

This classic Louisiana family recipe has now been rated five-stars by over 1,000 Allrecipes community members. It makes for a hearty, stick-your-ribs dinner that is sure to become tradition in your family as well.

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Frogmore Stew

Frogmore Stew

Also known as a Lowcountry boil, this coastal dish originated on the Sea Islands of South Carolina. To get the full communal experience, serve over newspapers and invite guests to eat with their hands.

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Sheet Pan Shrimp and Sausage Bake

two sheet pans with corn on the cob, potatoes, parsley, shrimp, sausage, peppers, etc.
Megan Seward

Loaded with shrimp, sausage, and fresh vegetables, this sheet pan dinner is one you'll want to keep in your regular dinner rotation.

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Husband's Grandmother's Shrimp Gumbo

Husband's Grandmother's Shrimp Gumbo
Allrecipes Magazine

"My husband's grandmother taught me this recipe," says recipe creator ranch_maven. "She actually cooked for Cajun festivals. She used 40-gallon trash cans for her stock pots. People would line up for this authentic Cajun specialty. This recipe serves eight but multiplies well."

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Chef John's Duck, Sausage, and Shrimp Gumbo

gumbo in soup cup

Chef John's unusual take on gumbo features duck, although you can easily alter it based on what you have on hand: "This can be made with hundreds of different combinations of smoked meats, game, poultry, and seafood, and in my opinion, the more the merrier."

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Instant Pot Jambalaya with Shrimp and Chicken

Instant Pot Jambalaya with Shrimp and Chicken

Forget laboring over the stove, the Instant Pot is the easy, hands-off method for cooking this famous Creole dish. If you're wondering what the difference is between jambalaya and gumbo (since they do feature a lot of the same ingredients), here are the main differences: Jambalaya isn't made with a roux like gumbo, but it is cooked with rice, unlike gumbo which is typically just served over rice.

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Cajun Shrimp Alfredo

cajun shrimp alfredo pasta

Andouille sausage, Cajun seasoning, and the holy trinity of Cajun cuisine — onions, bell peppers, and celery — add serious Cajun/Creole flavor to shrimp Alfredo.

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Healthier Slow Cooker Gumbo

top-down view of a bowl of gumbo with riced cauliflower
Jennifer Baker

This lightened up gumbo is loaded with vegetables, lower sodium ingredients, and substitutes chicken sausage for pork and cauliflower rice for regular. "The flavors don't make you miss the 'unhealthy' version of gumbo," says Allrecipes Allstar Jennifer Baker.

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Grilled Shrimp and Sausages

shrimp and sausage skewers
Deb C

Marinated shrimp and Italian sausage are grilled simply in this easy summertime dinner. Recipe creator denise suggests grilling the shrimp with the shell on to keep them more succulent: "With a paring knife, cut through the back of the shell to remove the vein while keeping the rest of the shell and tail intact."

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North African Paella

paella with shrimp, peppers, shrimp mussels, etc.

"A twist on the classic Spanish dish. It uses merguez, couscous, and cumin to give a uniquely Middle Eastern/North African flavor," says recipe creator 25 Peppers.

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Chef John's Sausage & Shrimp Jambalaya

jambalaya with rice, shrimp, and sausage

Chef John's five-star jambalaya is a hearty and thick rice stew, but you can easily add more stock to make it into more of a soup.

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Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits

a colorful plate of shrimp atop yellow grits, garnished with chopped scallions

Shrimp and grits definitely goes down in the Southern recipes hall of fame. This iteration adds andouille sausage for smoky flavor.

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