Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cajun Shrimp Pilau (Pilaf) - Rice Cooker

A quick and easy main dish shrimp and browned rice dish, great for the rice cooker, Instant Pot, or on the stovetop.
A quick and easy main dish shrimp and browned rice dish, great for the rice cooker, Instant Pot, or on the stovetop.

Cajun Shrimp Pilaf

With rice a predominant menu feature in this part of The Deep South, rice cookers of some form are very common in the southern coastal states, or at least they were until these fancy electric pressure cookers like the Instant Pot showed up, which is how I make this recipe these days.

A pilau, or pilaf, is very much like a jambalaya, except that the rice is first browned. To that seasonings, broth vegetables and a protein, in this case shrimp, are added.

It's as easy as can be - dump and go! You don't have to stand over it, you don't have to touch it and you don't have to heat up your kitchen with the stove. You can't beat that with a stick!

Fluff before serving. Make a nice mixed garden salad on the side or a green vegetable for everyone, add some bread and a big glass of sweet tea, and you have one mighty fine meal. This should serve somewhere around 4 to 6, depending on appetites.

If you don't happen to own a rice cooker, this works great in the Instant Pot, or even on the stove top. Directions are included in the Cook's Notes at the bottom on the recipe text below.

Besides shrimp, you can mix this up and add in smoked sausage, andouille sausage, diced ham, cooked chopped chicken, crumbled cooked bacon, or any combination of them.

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