Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Active Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Yield
Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup étouffée over rice)

This classic Louisiana dish can be on the dinner table in just over an hour. Have all of the ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start cooking. To make the meal come together even faster, you can cook the rice ahead of time and reheat it before serving. Once dinner’s done, all you’ll need is some hot sauce and plenty of crusty bread for mopping up all the rich, velvety sauce. Not a fan of shrimp? Substitute crawfish tail meat.

How to Make It

Step 1

Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-low; whisk in flour. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture turns golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Increase heat to medium, and add onion, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until soft and golden, about 15 minutes.

Step 2

Stir in bell peppers, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Stir in broth and water, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in shrimp, and cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp turn pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in hot sauce, salt, and pepper; cook 5 more minutes. Stir in scallions and parsley, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Serve immediately over hot cooked rice.