A Louisiana, Lenten season and seafood lovers favorite~ Shrimp Etouffee.
Shrimp Etouffee (Ay-2-FAY)
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup flour
1 8oz. bottle clam juice
1 cup water
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 ½ teaspoon minced garlic
1 stalk celery, chopped
½ cup fresh parsley, minced
3 green onions, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 Tablespoon Creole seasoning- Creole seasoning contains salt & pepper
additional salt & pepper to taste
½ teaspoon celery seed
1 Tablespoon paprika
2 pounds small or medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons butter
hot sauce to taste
For the Roux:
Heat vegetable oil in skillet. Stir in flour with fork or wooden spoon and mix well to avoid lumps. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring often, until golden caramel brown.
It will take approximately 15 minutes to reach desired color and texture. Roux should not have a burnt taste. If you burn the mixture, begin again.
Once the roux is done the adding begins! Put roux, water and clam juice in a dutch oven or deep pan over medium high heat.
While these are heating, sauté the onion, bell pepper, celery(the Cajun holy trinity) and garlic in a tsp. of olive oil in a separate skillet until slightly soft.
When softened, add to roux, water and clam juice. Reduce heat to medium and allow to cook for approximately 5 minutes.
Add bay leaves, Creole seasoning, celery seed, paprika, parsley and ½ of the green onions.
Stir to blend and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Remove bay leaves.
Taste to determine if additional salt or other seasonings is needed and add at this time. Stir well and cook additional 5 minutes. Add shrimp and lemon juice. Cover and cook over low heat until shrimp is pink and tender, approximately 5-10 minutes. Etouffee will thicken. Stir in the 2 Tbsp butter.
Serve over cooked white rice and garnish with remaining green onions. Add hot sauce to taste.