Today's cheesy shrimp casserole recipe introduces a delicious combination of plump shrimp, cheese, mushrooms, fresh veggies, and rice - all baked to creamy perfection.
This comfort food can be served either at a get-together of close friends or as a regular weeknight dinner. It’s loaded with protein-rich items and all the creamy goodness from cream and cheese, making it a simple, enjoyable, family-friendly meal.
Containing protein-rich shrimp, white rice, and a generous amount of cheese spread on top, this shrimp casserole is full of flavors and high in protein, carbs, and fat. Although the nutritional value remains within a healthy range, if you plan to lose weight, this dish may not be the best choice in your diet.
As butter contains lots of saturated fat, we used only a tablespoon of unsalted butter in this recipe. The amount of cheddar cheese is also restricted to 2.5 ounces, which translates to 0.625 ounces per serving — enough to preserve the creamy and luscious consistency for this dish.
On the whole, one serving of this shrimp casserole yields 496 calories and 8.7 grams of saturated fat, which are reasonable amounts for a delicious and comforting main dish. We do not recommend substituting any of the cheddar cheese and heavy cream, as we would have to sacrifice the characteristic creaminess and richness of this dish.
Ingredients for Cheesy Shrimp Casserole
The main ingredient we used in this recipe is peeled and deveined, medium-size shrimp with tails removed.
First, we sauté the shrimp in melted butter, garlic, and onion to give it a buttery and tangy kick of flavor. The tenderly cooked shrimp are then swaddled in rice and melted cheddar cheese in a baking casserole.
For the spices, we added a mix of pepper, onion powder, salt, garlic powder, paprika, and Sriracha when sautéing the shrimp. These spices lend another layer of herby flavors to this dish.
While the combo of pepper, paprika, and Sriracha adds a mild heat to the overall flavor, garlic powder and onion powder are aroma enhancers. Feel free to personalize the flavor profile of this dish with your favorite seasonings to suit your taste.
Besides shrimp, rice, and melted cheese on top, you'll also find mushrooms, red bell peppers, and green peas dotted in the casserole — not too much, but just enough to add more texture and extra nuttiness to our dish.
How to Store and Reheat a Casserole
Leftover shrimp casserole can be stored in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days. For such a creamy casserole dish, we do not recommend freezing. It will mess up the stringy texture of the melted cheese and make the rice mushy when reheated.
In a word, it's best to estimate the serving size of this shrimp casserole before cooking so you won't leave redundant portions out for too long.
You can reheat leftover portions of this shrimp casserole in the oven or the microwave. A few minutes will be enough to warm them through and wake up the flavors.
What to Serve With Cheesy Shrimp Casserole
Although our cheesy shrimp casserole can make quite a fulfilling meal as-is, we believe it could get more appetizing when paired with a veggie salad. For today's meal, the chosen side dish is Nicoise salad.
Nicoise salad is an aesthetically pleasing composed salad with different flavors, textures, and colors to balance the richness and creaminess. It includes cherry tomatoes, tuna, eggs, potatoes, cucumbers, green beans, and black olives, arranged in groups on a bed of fresh romaine lettuce.
Nicoise salad is best enjoyed with a tangy, savory vinaigrette on the side, highlighting the fanciness of French cuisine.
16 oz raw shrimp (peeled, deveined, equals 28 oz whole)
4 oz green peas
2.5 oz cheddar cheese (shredded)
3 oz yellow onion (diced)
8 oz white mushroom (sliced)
2 oz red bell pepper (diced)
2 cup cooked medium-grain white rice
1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp garlic (minced)
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tsp Sriracha
2 tbsp parsley (chopped)
In a skillet, melt 1 tbsp unsalted butter over medium heat. Sauté 1 tbsp minced garlic and 3 oz diced yellow onion for 2 minutes until fragrant.
Add 8 oz sliced white mushroom and sauté for 3 minutes until golden and tender.
Add 16 oz peeled and deveined shrimp and the spice blend of 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp paprika, and 2 tsp Sriracha to the skillet. Stir for 2 minutes.
Add 2 oz diced red bell pepper and 4 oz green peas. Keep sautéing for 2 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth and 1/4 cup heavy cream to the skillet. Stir occasionally for 3 minutes until slightly thickened.
Remove everything to a mixing bowl and let it cool. Preheat the oven to 390℉ while waiting.
Stir in 2 cups of cooked medium-grain white rice to the mixing bowl. Toss to combine.
Pour the mixture of shrimp and rice into a baking casserole dish. Spread out evenly. Sprinkle 2.5 oz shredded cheddar cheese on top.
Put the baking dish into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Garnish with 2 tbsp chopped parsley and serve hot.
Cheesy Shrimp Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 496Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 9g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Vitamin A 1321IU
Vitamin C 29mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
A flavorful and creamy dish that's perfect for a special occasion. The recipe is easy to follow and the result is impressive.