Shrimp and Sweet Corn Maque Choux


This recipe for maque choux, a spicy Southern shrimp and corn dish, is satisfying and ready in under 30 minutes. This is my recreation of the Emeril Lagasse dish we had in New Orleans at his restaurant NOLA. Fresh vegetables are the key to this recipe, as they cook quickly and retain their bright, crisp flavors.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided

  • ½ medium red bell pepper, diced

  • ½ medium green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 medium shallot, minced

  • 1 green onion, sliced

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 cups sweet corn, fresh or frozen

  • ½ medium zucchini, diced

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided

  • cup half and half

  • 20 jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed


  1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell peppers, shallot, and green onion; season with salt and pepper. Sauté until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add corn, zucchini, water, and 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning to the skillet. Cook until zucchini is tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in half-and-half and turn off the heat.

  3. Meanwhile, season shrimp with remaining 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning.

  4. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a separate skillet. Add shrimp and cook in four batches until curled, pink, and cooked all the way through, 2 to 4 minutes per batch; do not overcook.

  5. Divide corn mixture between four plates. Top each plate with 5 cooked shrimp. Serve immediately.


You can use Creole seasoning instead of Cajun if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

358 Calories
17g Fat
21g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 358
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 304mg 101%
Sodium 887mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 45mg 226%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 689mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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