Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Etouffee (Eh too fay) is a marvelous Creole dish made with seafood such as shrimp or crawfish, although chicken, or chicken and seafood together are also employed.

When preparing etouffee, which translates as “smothered”, first you make a roux, either a brown roux, made with vegetable oil and flour, or a blonde (not browned as much) roux, using butter. Although untraditional, in the past several years many cooks use tomatoes in these lovely, creamy etouffees.

Make the shrimp stock, blend the Creole seasoning (or use a commercial product), and then make the etouffee.  It’s good groceries, don’t worry.

Shrimp Etouffee

Shrimp Stock:
The shells and tails from 2 lb. of Shrimp. The heads are great too for wonderful flavour.
1 chopped onion
1 chopped celery stalk
1 teaspoon garlic powder or minced fresh
1lemon sliced
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tsp. cracked black pepper
Add all ingredients to a 2 qt. saucepan. Cover this with cold water. You’ll need about 1 1/2 Cups for the Etouffee. Bring to the boil, and then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Simmer for about 45 minutes. Strain the stock.
Creole seasoning:
·       ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
·       ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
·       ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
·       ¼ teaspoon salt
·       ½ teaspoon garlic powder
·       ½ teaspoon onion powder
·       1 teaspoon paprika
·       1 teaspoon dried parsley
·       1 teaspoon dried thyme
·       1 teaspoon dried oregano
·       1 teaspoon dried basil
Shrimp Etouffee Recipe                serves 4

2 Tbsp Creole Seasoning
4 Tbsp Butter
1 Onion, Finely Chopped
1 stalk Celery, Finely Chopped
½ Bell Pepper, Finely Chopped
¼ Cup Flour
¾ Cup tomatoes, diced
1 ½ Cups Shrimp Stock
2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
I teaspoon each, dried thyme and basil
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Hot Sauce (such as Tabasco brand)
4 Green Onions, thinly sliced
4 Tbsp minced fresh Italian Parsley
2 lb fresh or frozen shrimp medium size, Peeled and Deveined, use shells for the stock
3 Tbsp Butter
salt, black pepper and cayenne to taste
·       Season the shrimp with 1 Tbsp of the Creole Seasoning.
·       Melt the butter in a large skillet (cast iron is great) or dutch oven, add the onions, bell pepper, and celery, fry until translucent.
·       Whisk in the flour to make a roux, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. The roux should turn a beige colour.
·       Stir in the remaining Creole Seasoning.
·       Add a small amount of the shrimp stock, stir well to form a paste, add the remaining stock gradually, whisking constantly.
·       Bring to boiling, and then reduce to a simmer.
·       Check to make sure you have enough stock; the end result shouldn’t be too thick, nor too thin.
·       Add the tomatoes, garlic, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce, a little salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Simmer for 20 minutes.
·       Add the shrimp, green onions, and parsley, simmer for 7 minutes more or until the shrimp are cooked through. Be careful not to overcook. Stir in the 3 Tbsp butter, and adjust the seasonings to taste.
Serve over steamed rice. Enjoy this esteemed dish.


Duncan D. Horne said...

I'd sure love to 'smother' that Etouffee!

Duncan In Kuantan

Ju Dimello said...

Thanks for the fab dish :) I'm a I'm going to substitute the seafood with either cauliflower or potato and get going ;)

The pic itself made me want to gobble it up... ;)

Following you from A-Z challenge!

Foodie Ann said...

Hi good luck with the A-Z challenge... Looking forward to the posts...

iZombie said...


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Michelle M. said...

Oh LOVE etoufeee and your's looks delish!

here via A to Z challenge and enjoying my look around.

anthony stemke said...

Thanks everyone for your comments, I appreciate them.

Anonymous said...

I love the colours. What a yummy blog you have :)

nutschell said...

another yummy post. i love how the word etoufee is spelled. sounds so fancy!

Joanne said...

This is one of my and my Hubby's favorite dishes! So glad to have this recipe thank you! Blessing, Joanne

anthony stemke said...

NIKI: The colours are lovely, thanks for the compliment.

NUTSCHELL: Thank You for calling.

JOANNE: Enjoy it Joanne and spouse.

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