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Baked Cheesy Asparagus Casserole Recipe with Shrimp

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Ultimate cheesy asparagus casserole with surprising shrimp is a seafood lovers side dish dream. 

Shrimp and Asparagus cheesy casserole with amazing layers of cheese, soup, cream cheese, and topped with fried onions, a totally simple and easy casserole to dump and cook
Ultra cheesy and super simply Shrimp and Asparagus casserole for the Seafood side dish lover in you!

Incredibly easy to make, this shrimp and asparagus casserole takes no time at all to prep!

And with crunchy fried onions on top, this side dish is savory in every last bite. 

Cheesy Shrimp and Asparagus Casserole with Fried Onion Topping

Totally simple to assemble, you can use canned, frozen, or fresh vegetables to create your Shrimp and Asparagus casserole.

Just make sure all ingredients are fully cooked and cooled before assembling if you choose to go fresh. 

Scroll to the bottom for a printable version of this post, including all measurements and instructions, so you can follow along in your kitchen without being on your phone. 

Here is what you need to gather to get started: 

  • cream cheese
  • cream of cheddar cheese soup
  • shrimp (see information on canned vs fresh shrimp)
  • asparagus
  • french fried onions
  • salt and pepper

Can I use Frozen Asparagus over canned?

Yes, you can. I understand a lot of people do not prefer canned vegetables.

You can use cooked, drained, and cooled frozen asparagus in place of canned asparagus. 

I try to offer both recipe options for readers since not all ingredients are available in every area. The main thing to remember with any vegetable that isn’t raw, is draining out excess water before assembling the casserole. 

Other recipes on Salty Side Dish that use asparagus: 

 

canned asparagus for an easy to make and simple homemade side dish, just dump all the water out of the can before adding to casserole dish
Draining is essential when using canned vegetables in a casserole.

Canned, Frozen, or Fresh Shrimp? 

I learned something recently at my local Publix seafood counter. I came in for fresh shrimp and they were out and she said she would have to prep some.

She told me that the shrimp they use in the case is the frozen shrimp in the freezer next to the counter and all they do is defrost it for you – exact shrimp.

So in this case, getting frozen or fresh really didn’t make a difference.

Now I am not a huge fan of canned seafood (with the exception of white tuna) but canned shrimp can also work in a pinch for a casserole like this. 

You either need 

  • (2) 4 oz cans of drained shrimp
  • 8 oz of fresh shrimp – 18 large fresh shrimp or 20 medium shrimp is close to this measurement if you do not have a kitchen scale. 

Other recipes on Salty Side Dish that use shrimp: 

Canned shrimp makes things easy so grab 2 cans of canned shrimp and drain properly before adding to shrimp casserole
If there is an excess moisture, you can drain your shrimp. Fresh shrimp is also great for casseroles!

Oven Baked Asparagus Casserole 

Preheat oven to 400 and grease a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

If you are using fresh shrimp for this recipe, you will need to prep and cook your shrimp first.

I suggest sauteing them in butter before moving onto the next step. 

In a bowl add cream cheese and soup and mix well. Stir in cooked shrimp and season with salt and pepper.

Create a cheese mixture by adding and stirring in soup and cream cheese before adding shrimp
Cream of cheddar soup and cream cheese are easily mixed with a hand mixer before adding in cooked shrimp

Place asparagus into the bottom of the casserole dish and top with cheese mixture.

Spread evenly across the top.

a spatula makes for an easy cheesy coating on top of your asparagus
Spread cheesy layer evenly across casserole dish

Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and discard.

Top with onions and return to oven for 10 minutes.

Casserole will be hot and bubbly around the edges. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 10-12

Serve your casserole after letting sit for atleast 5 minutes so its firm, a spoon works best to get all layers of the asparagus and shrimp
The crispy crunchy fried onions is an awesome texture and crunch to a creamy casserole recipe

 

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4.60 from 5 votes

Baked Cheesy Asparagus Casserole with Shrimp


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Baked Cheesy Asparagus Casserole with Shrimp is a delicious cheddar cheese and cream cheese base with shrimp and asparagus for a surprising and unique casserole side dish recipe. Delicious and cheesy, who could ask for more! Easy prep, simple recipe and feeds a hungry crowd.

Ingredients
 

  • 12 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 can 10.5 oz, cream of cheddar cheese soup
  • 8 oz shrimp
  • 3 cans 10.5 oz each, cut asparagus, drained
  • 1 package 6 oz, french fried onions
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 and grease a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • THIS STEP ONLY IF COOKING FRESH SHRIMP: Cook 8 oz of shrimp, sauteing in butter, for casserole. Fresh shrimp equals approx 18 large shrimp or 20 medium shrimp. Its not a big deal if you are off too much as this is a casserole dish.
  • In a mixing bowl, add softened cream cheese and cream of cheddar soup and mix well - hand held mixer works well when working with cream cheese blocks.
  • Stir in cooked shrimp and season bowl with salt and pepper.
  • Place asparagus into the bottom of the casserole dish. If you are using canned, make sure asparagus is drained completely to avoid extra moisture. If you are using frozen, make sure asparagus is properly steamed, drained of excess water, and cooled before next step.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture evenly across the top of the asparagus in the casserole dish.
  • Cover casserole with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  • Remove foil and discard.
  • Top with crispy fried onions and return to oven for 10 minutes.
  • Asparagus Casserole will be hot and bubbly around the edges.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before serving to firm.
  • Serves 10-12

Notes

  • When making a casserole recipe like this one, there are several options for a topping. I always prefer crunchy fried onions, however you can also use crushed up croutons, Ritz crackers, or even ruffles potato chips on your shrimp and asparagus casserole.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 580mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

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3 Comments

  1. Gluten free. Replaced cheddar cheese soup with grated Colby Jack cheese and a little bit of cream – added a couple of chopped scallions then topped with crushed smoked Gouda chips It was absolutely delicious

  2. Charles Foley Sr says:

    I love asparagus and shrimp. Cream cheese a bonus. It seems redundant to precook shrimp before mixing with the topping if they are going to be in a 400° oven for approximately 40 minutes total to where the cheese topping is bubbly. Shrimp only take a couple minutes to cook. I’ll let you know how this recipe turns out using previously frozen raw shrimp.

  3. I added mushrooms and topped with 3 cheese shredded.

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