Developed over centuries of adapting to different environments, living off of the land, and cooking what was available, Cajun cuisine has become one of the boldest (and yummiest) we can think of! These Cajun Garlic Shrimp are impossible to resist.
Canadian Origins to Cajun Cuisine
The Acadian people settled in the maritimes as early as the 1600s, and adapted French peasant-style recipes to work with anything they could catch or gather near their settlements. This meant hearty stews of meat and veg cooked in a single pot – and would have featured Atlantic cod, lobster, salmon, potatoes and carrots.
In 1755, after refusing to pledge allegiance to the British, the Acadians were forced to leave Canada. Many made their way to the Southern United States and settled in Louisiana, where they again adapted their simple dishes to include anything that they could catch or gather in their new environment. This meant shrimp, crawfish, catfish and even alligator became their new seafood staples, and instead of potatoes and carrots, they started to use rice and bell peppers – and even cayenne!
But wait – thought we were talking about Cajun food, not Acadian food? Try saying ‘Acadian’ with a French accent – sounds kind of like ‘Cajun’, right? Now you know a little bit about our Maritime history in Canada, and where this delicious hearty and spicy Cajun dish comes from. Now you can try it for yourself!
Want to continue to tantalize your taste buds with bold food flavours and wines that make them bolder? This recipe is one of four bold dishes that celebrate loud and exuberant flavours. Try out these Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken Thighs next!
If you are feeling bold, join WineCollective today. You’ll get a selection of curated wines that are only available to WineCollective members delivered to your door each month, accompanied by wine pairing suggestions so that you can continue to explore new and exciting flavour experiences.