Shrimp Eggplant Recipe in Creamy Sauce

The most amazing recipe for Shrimp Eggplant Recipe in Creamy Sauce. This will become your new favorite eggplant recipe. Breaded parmesan panko eggplant with shrimp in a spicy (Cajun like) creamy sauce, ready in under 30-minutes.

Other Italian inspired recipes that you’ll love: Chicken Scampi, or the classic with a twist Chicken Parmesan and easy Pasta Fagioli.

Eggplant recipe with shrimp in spicy creamy sauce with Parmesan cheese on the side.

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Brio restaurant inspired-

We were recently at a Women’s Retreat (see post HERE). We went out for lunch one day. We ordered different types of appetizers and that when I tried their Spicy Shrimp & Eggplant appetizer, it literally was one of the most amazing dishes I’ve tried in a really long time. I tried recreating it the first day I was back, I was hooked. And two more times that week, ha! Crispy sauteed parmesan rings with shrimp in the most delicious sauce that completes the recipe.

Theirs was a little different. The eggplant rounds were cut into four and deep fried. Though I enjoyed the deep fried crunchy eggplant, I prefer sautéing the eggplant as I did in this recipe. It still has a crunchiness to it but isn’t as deep fried.

Shrimp Eggplant recipe in creamy sauce topped with greens on a serving board.

creamy cajun sauce-

This spicy creamy sauce is just amazing in itself. You just want to grab some bread, dip it into the sauce and call it a day. #YesThatGood

The taste of the sauce kind of reminds me of a chipotle sauce combined with Cajun seasoning but creamy. It is a bit on the “spicier” side. However, if you still want to make this recipe but don’t really like your food spicy, add less cayenne seasoning, taste the sauce and the spicier to your liking.

Spicy shrimp on a spoon with fried eggplant and a creamy sauce.

Tips how to make shrimp eggplant recipe-

  • Don’t overcook the shrimp. I left the tails on in this recipe mostly for photography purposes. Shrimp is better to photograph with the tail. However, I’m not a fan of trying to remove the tail mid-meal, lol. So, it’s much easier if you remove tails of the shrimp before cooking.
  • This is such a quick dinner and it’s really easy to prepare. Have your side of mashed potatoes or rice started before you make eggplant with shrimp. This dish is best if enjoyed immediately so you want everything prepped.

Eggplant is that one food you can enjoy all year round, I’d say. Some foods kind of have a summer feel to it, like grilled chicken for example. Other foods, like a big bowl of Zuppa Toscana is associated with colder weather and comfort food. This eggplant recipe is one that will rock your world all year round, ha! (Insert HAPPY dance emoji.)

Step by step pictures collage how to make fried eggplant with shrimp in creamy sauce.

What to serve with eggplant recipe-

We enjoyed this dish with mashed potatoes most.  We used the leftover sauce as a gravy over the potatoes. If you aren’t a fan of mashed potatoes, you can use rice or pasta instead.

Try these other Eggplant Recipes-

Close up picture of eggplant recipe and shrimp topped with greens.

Oh, I seriously cannot wait for you to try this fried eggplant recipe with sauteed shrimp in a creamy Cajun sauce. You are in for a treat!!! 🙂

Shrimp Eggplant Recipe in Creamy Sauce

The most amazing recipe for Shrimp Eggplant Recipe in Creamy Sauce. Breaded parmesan panko fried eggplant with sauteed shrimp in a Cajun creamy sauce, ready in under 30-minutes. #Winner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: eggplant recipe
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 544kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium eggplant
  • 1 lb raw shrimp
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • canola oil

bowl 1-

  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • dash salt & pepper

bowl 2-

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp whole milk

bowl 3-

  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 ½ Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp table salt

creamy sauce-

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp ground paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients for bowl 1. Combine ingredients for bowl 2. Combine ingredients for bowl 3.
  • Slice eggplant into 1/2” rounds.
  • Take eggplant slices (one at a time), generously coat into flour, bowl 1. Then dredge into egg mixture, bowl 2. Then coat in breading mixture, bowl 3.
  • Add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of a large skillet. Once oil is hot, add eggplant, cook on med/high heat until crispy. Repeat on the other side (add more oil if needed when flipping the eggplant). Cook until center of eggplant is soft (2-3 min on each side). Transfer fried eggplant to a plate lined with paper towel.
  • In a large skillet, melt 1 Tbsp butter, add shrimp and cook until pink on both sides (4 to 5 minutes). Lightly salt and pepper. Remove shrimp from skillet (you can add them to the eggplant).
  • In the same skillet, add 4 Tbsp butter. Once butter melts, add heavy whipping cream, Parmesan cheese, paprika, garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper. Whisk until combined, once the sauce comes to a soft boil, turn heat down to simmer.
  • Add the eggplant and shrimp to skillet with the sauce. Cook 2-3 minutes on low/med heat until everything is heated. Coat shrimp and eggplant with sauce.
  • Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Eggplant Recipe in Creamy Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 544 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Cholesterol 448mg149%
Sodium 1755mg76%
Potassium 296mg8%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1645IU33%
Vitamin C 6.3mg8%
Calcium 276mg28%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 2 Comments
  • Victoria 03/05/2018, 5:22 pm Link Reply

    This is my new go to dinner, such a great combination..Also love the spicy kick.. Amazing recipe:)

    • admin 03/05/2018, 5:34 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing, Victoria. I must agree – a most wonderful combination 🙂

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