Cajun Shrimp Étouffée
What a great dish. I was meandering through Publix on my last grocery trip and just happened to walk past this etouffée mix package. After reading how simple it looked to make, I decided we should try it. Plus, this is a great excuse to go and buy some fresh seafood as well.
What You Need:
1 package of Cajun Étouffée Mix
Butter (5 tablespoons)
White Rice (1 1/2 cups) (or your preferred kind of rice)
Water (2 cups for mix and 3 cups for rice)
Wild caught, fresh peeled and deveined shrimp (1/2 pound was plenty for two)
**Side note about your seafood choice. Try to always and only purchase fresh wild caught seafood. There have been numerous reports of foreign farm-raised fish and seafood being raised in filthy conditions and not safe for consumption. Not only are you keeping you and your family safe, you are supporting local fisherman and USA companies.**
Start your rice first, as it will take a little longer to cook. Poor your water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Lightly salt your water and add your rice. Bring back to a boil and then cover and simmer on low for 15 – 20 minutes or until all water has evaporated.
After you start the water for your rice get start on your étouffée mix. You will need a large non stick skillet, butter and the mix packet. Melt your butter on medium – low heat and then add your mix. Stir until it becomes medium brown color. Add in your 2 cups of water and shrimp. ( I want to try this recipe with some crawfish next time, yummo!) Stir, cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes. Be sure to stir often. You will notice your mixture thickening, it should do this.
After 15 minutes, remove from heat and keep covered. Your rice should almost be done. Keep a check on it to ensure they are ready around the same time so nothing gets cold.
A good note my husband made was that he wished I had bought a baguette to go with it. I will definitely do that next time as it would add a nice touch, not to mention crunch.
Once your rice is cooked and ready, spoon out a good portion onto your plate or bowl and then cover with your shrimp étouffée.
Enjoy this yummy low country meal and tell me what you think!