Weight Watchers Shrimp Recipe: Dirty Rice

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Dirty Rice with Shrimp - 9 Weight Watchers Points Plus Value

This Weight Watchers shrimp recipe for Dirty Rice is inspired by the traditional Cajun dirty rice dish that originated in the Creole regions of southern Louisiana.

However, I lightened up the traditional version which is just as good but way healthier!

Clearly with zero WW SmartPoints, you cannot go wrong eating this delicious recipe!

Weight Watchers Shrimp Recipe: Dirty Rice

If you know me, you know that I’m a rice fanatic!

I could eat rice all day every day.

So add shrimp, another food that I could eat all day every day, to my rice?

Well, let’s just say that’s heaven on a dish for me!

Dirty Rice Recipe with Shrimp: Zero WW SmartPoints

The WW (Weight Watchers) SmartPoints plan gives you 3 plan options: Green, Blue, & Purple.

Based on whichever plan you are following, you will have a different zero point food list.

So you’ll need to adjust the points for this recipe according to your color plan.

Here are this recipe’s points per serving for each color plan:

  • Green Plan = 6 points per serving
  • Blue Plan = 2 points per serving
  • Purple Plan = 0 points per serving

Simple Ingredients and Easy to Make

Dirty Rice ingredients

When I made this recipe, I used ground beef.

But because ground beef is higher in WW points, I changed the recipe to use ground turkey.

Using ground turkey, will in no way jeopardize the taste and enjoyment of this dish!

However, no matter which meat you use, the ingredients are very basic and take very little time to prepare.

Weight Watchers Shrimp Recipe: Dirty Rice

And the end result is absolutely delectable!

Ca c’est bon!

After tasting it you will want to say ‘Laissez les bon temps rouler’, which is Cajun for Let the Good Times Roll!

Weight Watchers Dirty Rice with Shrimp Recipe

Weight Watchers Shrimp Recipe: Dirty Rice

Weight Watchers Shrimp Recipe: Dirty Rice

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A delicious, lightened up version of the traditional Dirty Rice Recipe with Shrimp recipe. Zero WW SmartPoints {Purple Plan}, 2 WW SmartPoints {Blue Plan}, 6 WW SmartPoints {Green Plan}.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Cajun, French
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 347 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups Brown Rice
  • 1 Chicken Bouillon Cube, Knorr
  • 2 Bay Leaves, divided
  • tsp Cayenne, divided
  • tsp Paprika
  • tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Celery Stalks, diced
  • 1 Green Pepper, diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • ½ lb 98% fat free ground turkey
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb Medium Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Scallions, chopped


  • Cook brown rice according to package directions in water along with a chicken bouillon, 1 bay leaf and 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 each of cayenne, paprika and thyme.
  • When the rice is almost done cooking, heat a large heavy saucepan on medium-low heat.
  • Add the oil, onions, green pepper, celery, bay leaf, and garlic.
  • Saute on medium-low heat until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add ground turkey, salt, black pepper, remaining paprika, thyme and cayenne pepper.
  • Saute until browned, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and cover. Cook 5 more minutes.
  • When the rice is done, toss with turkey and shrimp and combine well.
  • Top with scallions and serve.


Zero WW SmartPoints {Purple Plan}
2 WW SmartPoints {Blue Plan}
6 WW SmartPoints {Green Plan}
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Weight Watchers Shrimp Recipe: Dirty Rice

Can Be Spicy or Mild

You can choose whether to lighten up the cayenne or not add it at all.

My hubby likes a little spice, but I typically do not.

So, I didn’t add the cayenne.

However, I got out our bottle of Cholula Hot Sauce so each of us could spice it up as much as we wanted to.

It was a yummy addition to the dish!

Also, I did not use the bay leaves because I’m just not a bay leaf fan.

Beware: It Won’t Last Long

Dirty Rice Recipe

This dinner was so delicious!

My husband and I could not get enough of it.

As a matter of fact, he ate 2 huge bowls of it and then took the leftovers to work for lunch the next day.

Meal prep at it’s finest!

However, I was so bummed when I opened up the refrigerator the next day to heat some up for lunch and it was all gone!

But, I guess that’s a good sign!

And while we’re on the topic of meal prep, Amazon has a great cookbook, Skinnytaste Meal Prep with SmartPoint recipes.

It will definitely be on my list of recipes to make again and again!


Weight Watchers Shrimp Recipe: Dirty Rice

For more WW friendly rice recipes, click on over to:

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken & Rice: Full of Flavor & No Guilt

Healthy Veggie Fried Rice: 3 WW SmartPoints

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5 thoughts on “Weight Watchers Shrimp Recipe: Dirty Rice”

  1. Yum once again!!! Interesting, the mix of ground beef and shrimp. I will be trying this one for sure. I’m not a bay leaf fan nor do I like spicy food so thanks for tweaking it for me.


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