Cajun Shrimp Stew Recipe

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  • STEW:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 onion - chopped
  • 2 stalks celery - chopped
  • 1/2 cup red or green pepper - chopped
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce or 1 cup clam juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper - more to taste
  • 1 pound shrimp - large, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup green onions - chopped
  • 1 tomato - medium to large, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic - finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups rice - brown or white
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
Container:heavy skillet, medium sauce pan
35 mins
50 mins
  • Stir together the oil and flour in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Stir continuously until the roux is the color of light milk chocolate, approximately 10 minutes.
  • Add the onion, celery and red or green pepper.
  • Continue cooking, stirring back and forth occasionally, until the pepper is softened, approximately 10 minutes.
  • Stir in fish sauce or clam juice, water and cayenne pepper.
  • Simmer over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until the liquid thickens; 5-10 minutes.
  • Stir in shrimp and simmer, just until the shrimp is cooked through; 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in green onion and tomato.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Place bay leaves in oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Turning over occasionally until the leaves are lightly browned, approximatley 2-3 minutes.
  • Add garlic, cook stirring constantly, until the garlic is pale golden.
  • Add rice, salt, pepper and cook, stirring gently to avoid breaking the bay leaves for approximately 1 minutes.
  • Add water and broth and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer.
  • Cook until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, 15-20 minutes.
  • Brown rice may need to have an extra 3-4 tablespoons of water in order for the rice to become tender.
  • Remove from heat and allow to stand, covered, for 5 more minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork and remove the bay leaves.
  • Serve with cajun shrimp stew.
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