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Shrimp etouffee on a white plate with rice
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Down-Home Cajun Shrimp Etouffee Recipe

My easy to make Shrimp Etouffee is perfect for that special date night or to make any night a special occasion!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 804kcal

Ingredients

Broth

  • shrimp shells
  • ½ lemon sliced
  • scraps from cutting onion and celery
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Etouffee Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup onion small dice
  • ½ cup celery small dice
  • ½ cup bell pepper small dice
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 14 ounce can diced tomato
  • 1 tablespoon Creole or Cajun seasoning your favorite blend and adjust to your tastes
  • hot sauce to taste optional

Shrimp

  • 14 jumbo shrimp 16-20 count shrimp, tail off shelled and deveined (about ¾ of a pound )
  • ½ tsp Cajun seasoning
  • ½ tsp Italian parsley finely chopped

Assembly

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • sea salt to taste
  • ¼ cup green onions sliced for garnish
  • tablespoon Italian parsley chopped for garnish

Instructions

Broth

  • Add the shrimp shells and scraps of onion and celery to a small saucepot with a little olive oil to saute and cook for a few minutes
  • then add the sliced lemon and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer for 20 minutes. Add more water if necessary to keep the stock close to 1 ½ cups
  • Strain the solids from the broth and set aside.

Etouffee Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, cook until it starts to brown sprinkle in the flour while mixing and reduce the heat to simmer. Continue to simmer until the roux turns dark brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the onion, celery, and peppers to the roux and cook until tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and thyme and cook for a minute.
  • Whisk in the broth
  • Add the tomatoes and seasoning, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Season with hot sauce and sea salt to taste.

Shrimp

  • Dry the peeled shrimp with paper towels
  • Mix some of your seasoning (or paprika if you don't want heat) and chopped parsley with your towel-dried shrimp. Toss the shrimp with the seasoning.
  • Heat another saute pan over medium-high heat. Add a little oil to the pan and add the seasoned shrimp
  • Saute the shrimp quickly and cook until just done so they stay moist and tender. You want to get color into the shrimp so it's okay if they seasoning burns a little.

Assembly

  • Place white rice in center of bowl, add Etouffee Sauce around rice, place cooked shrimp on top
  • Garnish with parsley and green onions

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Nutrition

Calories: 804kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 275mg | Sodium: 2166mg | Potassium: 1568mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 4570IU | Vitamin C: 99mg | Calcium: 732mg | Iron: 18mg