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Creole Shrimp Etouffee

Prep:
35 m
Cook:
20 m
Ready in:
55 m
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INGREDIENTS
Servings: 4
Paprika
¾ tsp.
Ground thyme
¼ tsp.
Dried oregano
¼ tsp.
Cayenne pepper
¼ tsp.
Garlic powder
¼ tsp.
Onion powder
¼ tsp.
White pepper
¼ tsp.
Ground black pepper
¼ tsp.
Shrimp
2 lbs., peeled, deveined
Salt
½ tsp.
Vegetable oil
1 tbsp.
Butter
3 tbsp.
Onion
1/3 cup, diced
Green bell pepper
1/3 cup
Celery
1/3 cup, thinly sliced
All-purpose flour
2 tbsp., or more if needed
Diced tomatoes
½ cup
Chicken stock
1 ¾ cups
Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp.
Hot sauce
1 dash, or more to taste
Salt
to taste
Green onions
¼ cup, sliced
Cooked rice
2 cups, or to taste
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine the first eight ingredients (from white paprika to black pepper) in a small bowl and whisk them together.
  2. Place shrimp in a colander and drain it for 15 minutes or more.
  3. Line a separate bowl with paper towels and dry the shrimp for about 3 minutes.
  4. Remove the towels from the bowl and season with 1 tbsp. salt and 1 tbsp. spice mixture. Toss to coat.
  5. Add vegetable oil to a large and heavy skillet and heat it over a high heat until the oil is hot.
  6. Add shrimp to the skillet and cook for about 1 minute without stirring. Then stir and cook for 1 more minute.
  7. Place the shrimp in a large bowl and let it rest until juices appear. Strain the juices into the chicken stock until there are 2 cups in total. If needed, add more stock.
  8. Add butter to a large skillet and cook it over a medium heat until it turns tan at its edges.
  9. Add onion, bell pepper, and celery to the hot butter and cook for about 5 minutes or until softened. Add the rest of the spice blend.
  10. Add flour to the veggie mix and sauté for about 4 minutes or until all the ingredients blend.  
  11. Add tomatoes and keep cooking for about 3 minutes or until their juices start to brown on the bottom of the pan.
  12. Add the stock to the veggie mix and stir until smooth. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until it thickens slightly.
  13. Stir in the hot sauce and the Worcestershire sauce and season with salt.
  14. Add shrimp to the sauce and simmer for 1 minute or until the shrimp is ready and no longer translucent.
  15. Garnish the dish with green onions and a pinch of cayenne pepper and pour over rice to serve.
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