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Cajun Shrimp & Sweet Potato Hash

Cajun Shrimp Sweet Potato Hash is a delicious dish filled with sweet potatoes, beans, corn, and super flavorful Cajun shrimp. A complete one-pan dinner that is filling, tasty, and easy to make!

cajun shrimp sweet potato

You know how I've talked obsessively about the Sweet Potato Pulled Pork Hash recipe? Well I finally made another sweet potato dish that can compare - this Cajun Shrimp Sweet Potato Hash.

This recipe is super tasty and easy to make, and uses mostly pantry ingredients (or ones that last a long time refrigerated and in the freezer). Click here for more ideas of recipes that use non-perishable vegetables and ingredients.

Sweet potato hash

Sweet potato hash is one of my favorite dinner hacks. Just dice some sweet potatoes, pan-fry it and add almost any ingredients you like. Sweet potatoes are super healthy and sort of double as a starch and a vegetable in this recipe. They're filling like a starchy food while also being very nutritious and high in fiber.

Time-saving tips: If you want to make this recipe really quickly, you can buy pre-cut sweet potatoes in most large grocery stores. What a time saver! But it doesn't take that long even if you have to chop sweet potatoes yourself. You can also chop the sweet potatoes the night before (or a few days before) and keep them refrigerated in a closed food storage container.

In this recipe, I add filling kidney beans and juicy corn to the sweet potato hash. The beans and corn give it such a nice texture and make this a really filling hearty dish.

I also add some onion and lime juice for flavor, and of course - Cajun shrimp.

Related recipe: Crispy Roasted Sweet Potato Tian with Salsa Verde

Cajun shrimp

The spiciness of the Cajun seasoning goes so well with the sweet potatoes. I usually use one of two Cajun seasonings in my house:

1. Healthy Solutions Cajun Spice

or

2. Badia Cajun Seasoning

They're both super flavorful. The Healthy Solutions one is great if you only cook with Cajun flavors occasionally and don't want spices going stale in your kitchen cabinet. It's super flavorful and spicy, and a little bit goes a long way. It also doesn't have any salt added, so you can totally customize the flavor of your recipes. You can find it here.

The Badia Cajun seasoning is a bigger container, which is great if you add a dash of Cajun spice to everythinggg. You can find it here.

cajun shrimp sweet potato

Equipment needed:

Aside from all the ingredients, you'll need a few things to cook this recipe:

  • A large skillet with a lid. The lid helps keep the heat in to make sure that the sweet potatoes cook faster.
  • A citrus squeezer (such as this one) to get fresh lime juice. Freshly squeezed lime juice gives this dish a more fragrant, fresher flavor.

Instructions:

Season the shrimp with Cajun seasoning (add salt, if needed). Cook the shrimp in a bit of olive oil in a large skillet, about 1-2 minutes per side over medium--high heat, then set them aside on a plate.

Then in the same skillet, cook the onion and the diced sweet potato until the sweet potato is pretty much fully cooked. Stir frequently, to prevent burning, and season with additional Cajun seasoning, to taste.

It helps to have a large skillet with a lid, so you can cover the skillet and keep the heat in, allowing the potatoes to cook faster. 

When the potatoes are mostly done, add the canned beans and corn, as well as the cooked shrimp. Stir it all together, squeeze some fresh lime juice over everything and that's it! Done.

Easy, right?

Other sweet potato recipes:

You might also LOVE this health vegetable hash without potatoes, topped with a fried egg!

If you enjoyed this recipe, let me know with a comment and a star rating below. And don't forget to share it on Facebook and save it on Pinterest for later!

cajun shrimp sweet potato
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4.45 from 29 votes

Cajun Shrimp Sweet Potato Hash

Cajun Shrimp Sweet Potato Hash is a delicious, healthy dish filled with sweet potatoes, beans, corn, and Cajun shrimp.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning divided (or to taste)
  • 1 lb shrimp thawed if frozen, tails removed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1.5 lbs sweet potatoes cubed into ½ inch pieces (about 5 cups, or 2 medium-large sweet potatoes)
  • 1 14-oz can kidney beans rinsed and drained (or beans of your choice)
  • 1 14-oz can corn , rinsed and drained (or about 1-1.5 cups frozen corn)
  • juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives or cilantro for garnish

Special equipment

Instructions

  • Prepare all the ingredients: rinse and chop the sweet potatoes, dice the onion, drain and rinse the kidney beans and corn. Clean the shrimp. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cleaned shrimp with 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. If your Cajun seasoning doesn't have salt, add a generous pinch of salt. Stir well. In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and then add the shrimp. Cook shrimp about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked. Set aside onto a clean plate. 
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the same skillet and add the diced onion and cubed sweet potatoes, and the rest of the Cajun seasoning and stir well (or add a little bit of Cajun seasoning if you're afraid of the spice).
  • Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are full cooked, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Cover the skillet with a lid when not stirring to keep the heat in so the potatoes cook faster.
  • When the sweet potatoes are cooked, add the kidney beans and corn, and stir well. Allow to heat through for 2-3 minutes, and then add in the cooked shrimp and lime juice. Stir well. Remove from heat and garnish with chopped chives or cilantro. 

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal (21%) | Carbohydrates: 39g (13%) | Protein: 26g (52%) | Fat: 16g (25%) | Saturated Fat: 2g (10%) | Cholesterol: 286mg (95%) | Sodium: 976mg (41%) | Potassium: 664mg (19%) | Fiber: 5g (20%) | Sugar: 7g (8%) | Vitamin A: 24130IU (483%) | Vitamin C: 8.7mg (11%) | Calcium: 215mg (22%) | Iron: 3.5mg (19%)

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Diana

Monday 8th of November 2021

Love this so much! The colors, the flavors, the versatility. I've made it many times using different beans, and other protein (canned salmon in a pinch, leftover roasted chicken and Instapot carnitas). I hope it's okay to include in a favorite recipe round up of "Good Mood Orange Foods (because of the carotenoids, fiber and mineral content) on my blog colormyfood.com. I just discovered all your other sweet potato recipes. Delicious, nutritious! Thank you

Kate

Tuesday 9th of November 2021

I'm so glad you like it and are able to use this recipe in many ways! Thanks so much for letting me know. And of course it's OK to use a link on your round up.

Katherine

Wednesday 27th of October 2021

I made this last week. It was so delicious! My husband approved too (and he can be kind of picky). He doesn't like anything spicy so I used a homemade blackened fish taco seasoning without any cayenne, but that was the only change I made. I'm making it again tonight. :)

Kate

Wednesday 27th of October 2021

I'm so happy to hear that, Katherine! And the non-spicy blackened seasoning sounds good, I bet all the flavor is still there even without the spice.

Marlis

Saturday 17th of April 2021

This recipe it a great idea!!!!

I added minced garlic and chopped parsley along with cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper to the shrimp then sautéed them in oil.

I used black beans; didn't have kidney beans.

For me each ingredient has to hold it own flavor, so I seasoned accordingly.

It was absolutely delicious 😋

My husband couldn't get enough of it!!

Thanks for this unusual combination❣

Had to take a picture...it was beautiful too😉 All gone😋

Kate

Monday 19th of April 2021

So glad you liked it!! Those additions sound great!

Jane

Monday 14th of December 2020

I think I’m going to try it with black beans instead of kidney beans

Kate

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

black beans sound good!!

Lauren S

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

I just made this after googling the few ingredients I had on hand today... OMG, so good and so easy! I'm adding it to my arsenal of favorite recipes.

Kate

Friday 3rd of July 2020

Hi Lauren, I'm so glad you liked it, thanks so much for letting me know! Take a look on my blog for other sweet potato hash ideas... this type of recipe is one of my favorite ways to cook and is super customizable - shrimp, sausage, bacon, leftover pulled chicken/pork, any leftover veggies like zucchini, any can of beans can go in. You will never get bored of it!