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Applebee's Copycat Cajun Shrimp Pasta



Applebee's Copycat Cajun Shrimp Pasta
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Restaurant food is always delicious, but it can be a big no-no if you are on a gluten free diet or another healthy eating plan. This Applebee's Copycat Cajun Shrimp Pasta recipe from Anne Colagioia will show you how to make one of the best restaurant copycat recipes that you can actually eat guilt free. This dish is definitely one of the best healthy shrimp recipes to serve to your friends and family.

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cooking Time: 15 min

  • 12 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning blend
  • 4 ounces fettuccine
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 lemon, the juice and the zest
  1. Prepare the fettuccine 1 minute shy of the package instructions. If you drop the pasta into the salted boiling water just after starting the sauce they will both be done at roughly the same time.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning.
  3. In a large sauté pan over a medium high heat, add the peppers, onions and olive oil with some salt and pepper to taste and sauté for  3 to 5 minutes or until they begin to soften.
  4. Push all of the veggies to one side of the pan and add the butter, garlic, lemon zest and shrimp to the empty part of the pan then sauté the shrimp for 2 minutes on the first side and an additional minute on the second side. If your pasta in not done yet you’ll need to remove the shrimp from the pan so they won’t overcook.
  5. Continue sautéing the peppers and onions using the whole surface of the pan now and once the fettuccine is done add it to the pan but reserve some of the pasta cooking water in case it is needed to loosen the dish.
  6. Add the shrimp back into the pan then squeeze the fresh lemon juice over the skillet and continue to toss the pasta until everything is well combined then serve.


If you are following a gluten free diet be sure to use gluten free fettuccine in the dish. Be sure to have all of your chopping and prepping done in advance since the dish moves along quickly once you start.

For more gluten free recipes from Anne, be sure to check out her Featured Foodies profile page.

To see exactly how Anne makes this restaurant copycat recipe, watch this cooking video:

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