Makeover Shrimp Rice Casserole Recipe
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Makeover Shrimp Rice Casserole Recipe

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Marie Roberts of Lake Charles, Louisiana loves the lighter version of her shrimp casserole. And why not? It has only half the calories and sodium and 76% less fat than her original recipe. — Taste of Home's Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 12 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/3 cups fat-free milk
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 318 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 137 mg cholesterol, 621 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch 1 vegetable 1 fat.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute shrimp in 1 tablespoon butter for 2-3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Remove and set aside. In the same skillet, saute the mushrooms, green pepper and onion in remaining butter until tender.
  2. Stir in the flour, salt and cayenne. Gradually add milk until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the rice, 1/2 cup cheese and shrimp; stir until combined.
  3. Pour into a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Shrimp Rice Casserole in Light & Tasty June/July 2005, p15

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"I was really low on milk so I did annoying thing that totally made a new recipe, but it was SO good I wanted to share: 1. Follow step 1. 2. Add about 2-3 T tomato paste, stir and cook 1-2 minutes. Then add flour, salt and cook. 3. Deglaze with half a cup of chicken broth. Add about 12 oz diced tomatoes and juices, stir and taste, and add more chicken broth if you'd like. 4. Add some some hot sauce and keep going with the recipe. It was a huge hit. I thought toasted breadcrumbs or croutons on top might have been nice for some crunch, too. Win!"

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

"Blind! I am against Rice and Roni but it has more flavor then this homede version it."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"Very tasty! I used some garlic in this dish, too."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Very good. Very flavorful. Would be great for company. We like our food on the spicy side and would add more cayene pepper next time."

Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"I used jalapenos (seeded) instead of green bell peppers because that was what I had on hand. I also bumped up the cayenne to 1/4 tsp. Spicy but not enough to lose the taste of the shrimp. love it!"

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