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Cajun Shrimp Étouffée

Cajun Shrimp Étouffée is a classic Louisiana dish with deep Creole roots. This flavorful and comforting dish showcases plump shrimp smothered in a rich and spicy tomato-based sauce. The combination of aromatic herbs, spices, and the unique Cajun flavor profile creates a dish that is bold, satisfying, and full of Southern charm.
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Cajun Shrimp Étouffée is a dish that celebrates the rich culinary heritage of Louisiana. The term "étouffée" refers to a method of cooking where ingredients are smothered or simmered in a flavorful sauce until tender and delicious.


500 grams large shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 tablespoons butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 can (400 grams) diced tomatoes
1 cup seafood or chicken broth
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
Hot sauce, to taste (optional)
Cooked white rice, for serving
Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 35 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 15 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



In a large skillet or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat.


Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, celery, and minced garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.


Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir well to coat. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.


Add the diced tomatoes (with their juices) to the skillet and stir to combine.


Pour in the seafood or chicken broth, followed by the Cajun seasoning, paprika, dried thyme, and dried oregano. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken.


Add the shrimp to the skillet and stir to coat them with the sauce. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.


Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if needed. If desired, add a few dashes of hot sauce for an extra kick of spiciness.


Serve the Cajun Shrimp Étouffée over a bed of cooked white rice.


Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.

Tips for this recipe

For added depth of flavor, you can add a splash of Worcestershire sauce or a sprinkle of file powder (ground sassafras leaves) to the dish.

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