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29 March 2019

This shrimp etouffee recipe is pure Creole heaven with succulent shrimp smothered in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce with lots of seasonings, served over rice. Get ready for a great meal!

Shrimp étouffée is a must-eat dish from Louisiana. Etouffee is all over the American south, part of the rich history and diverse cooking techniques acquired from many different parts of the world. I’ve heard people ask, “What’s a creative shrimp dish I can make at home?”

This is it.

A bit like a classic gumbo recipe, shrimp etouffee offers up a wonderful creamy sauce made from the Cajun Holy Trinity of vegetables – bell peppers, celery and onion – thickened with a roux, much like a stew. Bring in your favorite Creole Seasonings and you’ll develop a flavor that will definitely work its way into your heart.

And stomach!

The shrimp can be sauteed then added to the dish, or you can cook them right into the sauce, which is more traditional. In fact, the very name “etouffee” means “to smother” in French, referring to smothering the shrimp within the sauce.

Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we?

 

Shrimp Etouffee, ready to dig in

Ingredients Needed

  • 1 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined (shells reserved – keep those shrimp shells!)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil + 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped (or use jalapenos for a spicier version)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (scraps reserved)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped (scraps reserved)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 15 ounces diced tomato (canned or fresh, with juices)
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasonings + 1 teaspoon, divided (or use Cajun Seasonings + extra as desired)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (plus more to taste – I love a good Louisiana style hot sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or use fresh)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • FOR SERVING
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • Fresh chopped parsley, spicy red chili flakes

Shrimp Etouffee Recipe Directions

First, we want to make a shrimp stock, which will enhance the seafood flavor of the dish. You can save time by using a store bought stock, or use chicken stock instead. I feel the homemade stock makes a big difference.

After you’ve chopped up your bell peppers, celery and onion, keep those leftover scraps to make the stock. Also, save the shells from your shrimp after peeling them.

Homemade Shrimp Stock

Heat a medium sized pot to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add chopped onion and celery scraps along with the reserved shrimp shells. Cook them down about 5 minutes to soften.

Cooking down the vegetables and shrimp shells to make seafood stock

Add chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes to let the flavors mingle.

Simmering the seafood stock

Strain the stock and discard the solids. Set aside for now.

Straining the seafood stock

Making the Etouffee Sauce

First, heat a separate pot or large pan to medium heat. A Dutch oven works great for this. Add 3 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil along with 3 tablespoons flour. Stir to form a paste. This is your roux.

Stir the roux continuously for 10-12 minutes, until it darkens to a light brown color. Do not stop stirring or the roux can burn.

Making the roux

Add the peppers, onion and celery. Stir and cook it down for 5 minutes to soften.

Cooking down the Holy Trinity

Add the garlic and diced tomatoes cook another minute.

Adding the tomatoes

Stir in the reserved shrimp stock until it is all incorporated.

Adding the seafood stock

Stir in 1 tablespoon Creole or Cajun seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, dried thyme, and a bit of salt and pepper to taste. I like to add in a bit of extra cayenne pepper for additional heat.

Simmer at least 20 minutes to let the flavors mingle and develop.

Cooking the Shrimp

While the etouffee sauce  is simmering, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan.

Season the shrimp with 1 teaspoon Creole seasonings, then sear the shrimp a couple minutes per side, until they are cooked through.

Cooking the shrimp

Alternatively, you can simply add the shrimp to the simmering sauce and let them cook in the sauce for 5 minutes, until they are cooked through.

Serving Up Your Shrimp Etouffee

Add cooked white rice to plates. Spoon sauce over it. Top with shrimp.

Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and spicy chili flakes. Green onions are nice, too.

BOOM! DONE! I love this recipe. SO good. It makes me think of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Comfort food at its finest.

Shrimp Etouffee, ready to dig in

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • As mentioned, you can skip the step for making your own shrimp stock if you’d like to save time. Either use a store bought brand, or use readily available chicken stock. I used chicken stock to make my shrimp stock, as sort of a double whammy of flavor. You can use water instead to make your shrimp stock.
  • For the roux, 10-12 minutes is really all that is needed to make a light blonde roux. If you keep cooking and stirring, the roux will eventually darken to the color of copper, then chocolate, then dark chocolate. You can just cook it to the color you prefer.
  • Tomatoes – Yes or No? I’ve seen some discussions that say a true, classic “etouffee” should not include tomatoes. You can, of course, skip the tomatoes and just go with the gravy thickened by the roux. It will be delicious. I like it both ways. It’s the same thing with gumbo. If you want tomato? Go for it! If not, skip it.
  • For the shrimp, you can easily just tuck the raw shrimp into the sauce and let them simmer a few minutes until they are cooked through. This is where the “smothering” part of the dish’s name comes in. I prefer a bit more snap to my shrimp, so I saute them instead and serve them over the top.
  • Seafood Options. You can make this recipe with other types of seafood, as well as with chicken. Chicken Etouffee is a real thing, luckily for us, as is Crawfish Etouffee. Feel free to use a mix of seafood. Outstanding!
  • If you love this recipe, you’ll probably love a good gumbo as well. Check out my Guide on How to Make Gumbo to learn how to make it different ways, and also to learn more about the history and the roux.

Try Some of My Awesome Gumbo Recipes

If you love gumbo, check out some of my favorite and popular gumbo recipes.

Check out my Shrimp Creole Recipe, too. Very Cajun!

Shrimp Etouffee, ready to eat

That’s it, my friends!

If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 2 votes
Shrimp Etouffee Recipe
Shrimp Etouffee Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

This shrimp etouffee recipe is pure Creole heaven with succulent shrimp smothered in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce with lots of seasonings, served over rice. Get ready for a great meal!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, creole, recipe, shrimp, spicy
Servings: 4
Calories: 441 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 1 pound shrimp shelled and deveined (shells reserved)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil + 2 tablespoons divided
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped (or use jalapenos for a spicier version)
  • 1 medium onion chopped (scraps reserved)
  • 2 celery stalks chopped (scraps reserved)
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 15 ounces diced tomato canned or fresh, with juices
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasonings + 1 teaspoon divided (or use Cajun Seasonings + extra as desired)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or use fresh
  • Salt and pepper to taste
FOR SERVING
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • Fresh chopped parsley spicy red chili flakes
Instructions
MAKE THE SHRIMP STOCK
  1. Heat a medium sized pot to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add chopped onion and celery scraps along with reserved shrimp shells. Cook them down about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Add chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes to let the flavors mingle.
  3. Strain the stock and discard the solids. Set aside for now.
MAKE THE ETOUFFEE SAUCE
  1. Heat a separate pot or large pan to medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil along with 3 tablespoons flour. Stir to form a paste. This is your roux.
  2. Stir the roux continuously for 10-12 minutes, until it darkens to a light brown color. Do not stop stirring or the roux can burn.
  3. Add the peppers, onion and celery. Stir and cook it down for 5 minutes to soften.
  4. Add the tomatoes and garlic and cook another minute.

  5. Stir in the reserved shrimp stock until it all incorporated.
  6. Stir in 1 tablespoon Creole or Cajun seasonings, Worcestershire, hot sauce, dried thyme, and a bit of salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Simmer at least 20 minutes to let the flavors mingle and develop.
FOR THE SHRIMP
  1. While the etouffee is simmering, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan.
  2. Season the shrimp with 1 teaspoon Creole seasonings, then sear the shrimp a couple minutes per side, until they are cooked through.
  3. Alternatively, you can simply add the shrimp to the simmering sauce and let it cook in the sauce for 5 minutes, until it is cooked through.
TO SERVE
  1. Add cooked white rice to plates. Spoon sauce over it. Top with shrimp.
  2. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and spicy chili flakes.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

SERVES 4 Heat Factor: Medium, or Medium-Hot, depending on your choice of hot sauce and spicy chili flakes. Some Cajun or Creole blends can be somewhat spicy.

Calories are approximate and calculated without rice.

Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Etouffee Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 441 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 285mg 95%
Sodium 1254mg 52%
Potassium 592mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 23.7%
Vitamin C 59.3%
Calcium 24.3%
Iron 28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Shrimp Etouffee, plated and ready to eat

Shrimp Etouffee - This shrimp etouffee recipe is pure Creole heaven with succulent shrimp smothered in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce with lots of seasonings, served over rice. #Cajun #ShrimpDinner

3 comments


  1. Looks like a quite simple dish but I might try as the seasoning looks a little tricky but I might give it a try when I have the time!


  2. Good as it gets,,,,, just don’t get in a hurry an everyone will be happy happy!!

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