Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 tablespoon(s) cooking oil

  2. 2 tablespoon(s) flour

  3. 1 1/20 cup(s) canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock

  4. 1 green bell pepper , chopped

  5. 2 ribs celery , chopped

  6. 2 onions , chopped

  7. 1 bay leaf

  8. 2 teaspoon(s) salt

  9. 1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne

  10. 1/20 teaspoon(s) fresh-ground black pepper

  11. 1/20 teaspoon(s) dried thyme

  12. 1 1/20 pound(s) medium shrimp , shelled

  13. 2 scallions including green tops , chopped Boiled or steamed rice , for serving

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a large frying pan or Dutch oven, heat the oil over moderate heat until almost smoking. Add the flour and whisk until it's the color of peanut butter, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the broth and continue whisking until the sauce starts to thicken, about 2 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper, celery, onions, bay leaf, salt, cayenne, black pepper and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook over low heat until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Add the shrimp and scallions and simmer until the shrimp are just done, about 3 minutes. Serve the étouffée over the rice. Fish Alternatives: The most authentic substitution, if you can get them, would be cooked crawfish tails. Toss them in at the end and just heat through. Wine Recommendation: The down-home taste of this American original is perfect with a refreshing American white wine. Try a pinot gris from Oregon or a dry riesling, either from Oregon or Washington State. All of these have more acidity than their California counterparts.


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