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Cajun Shrimp (or Tempeh) Saute
with roasted okra

Active: 35 min Total: 40 min
Roasting okra is a great way to make this healthy veg a whole lot less slimy. This simple side dish is the perfect pairing to the Cajun flavors of our shrimp or tempeh saute. Enjoy this saute with the last of summer bell peppers.
Smarts: We use just a splash of water to deglaze our pan in this dish. It helps scrape up all the delicious brown bits and forms a simple sauce.


Cajun Shrimp:
  • Shrimp - 1 lb , peeled and deveined ((Sub chopped chicken breasts if you don't eat shellfish))
  • Garlic - 3 cloves , minced
  • Red onion (small) - 1 , sliced
  • Bell peppers, red - 1 , sliced
  • Green bell pepper - 1 , sliced
  • Cherry / grape tomatoes - 1/2 pint , halved
  • Cilantro - 1/4 bunch , chopped
  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Cajun seasoning - 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp
  • Water - 1/4 cup
  • Coriander - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon - 1/2 , juice of
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
Roasted Okra:
  • Okra - 1 lb , trimmed and halved
  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Coriander - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt and pepper -


  1. Shrimp - Defrost, drain, and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Garlic / Onions / Peppers / Tomatoes / Cilantro - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Okra - Trim off ends and then slice in half lengthwise. Spread out onto a sheet pan in one even layer.

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  1. Heat oven to 450F (232C) degrees.
  2. Toss okra with oil. Roast for 20 minutes, shaking once midway through.
  3. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then tomato paste and first part of Cajun seasoning to the heated oil. Mix into the oil.
  4. Add in shrimp and toss to coat with tomato paste. Saute for ~4 minutes and then remove from pan.
  5. Return pan to heat. Pour in water to deglaze the pan, scraping up the brown bits from the shrimp and tomato paste. Add in onions and garlic and saute until softened, ~3 minutes.
  6. Add in peppers and saute for another 4 to 6 minutes, until peppers are mostly tender (but still crunchy). Add in second part of Cajun seasoning and coriander.
  7. Return shrimp back to pan. Toss through and then take off heat. Fold in halved tomatoes, and squeeze in lemon juice. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and more spices. Garnish with cilantro.
  8. When okra is done, season with coriander. Lightly salt and pepper and toss everything through. Enjoy with shrimp saute!



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