David's Louisiana Shrimp/Crawfish Etouffee

David Kuhlmann


Etouffee is probably my favorite Cajun/Creole dish. I love both shrimp or crawfish they do have a different flavor when finished.

If you buy crawfish make sure you get them with fat included, makes a world of difference.

It doesn't matter if your etouffee comes out lighter than what I've posted, it's all good!

Experiment and enjoy eating your disasters. None are horrible. If you don't like a lot of spice go easy on the cayenne and only put one teaspoon in your Emeril's Creole seasoning mix and add more to your taste. Can always add but never take it away.

Bon Appetite!

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40 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


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2-3 lb
shrimp or crawfish (crawfish with fat included)
1 c
David's Perfect Rice per serving
1 c
blonde roux First you "have" a Roux
4 large
yellow onions
4-5 stalk(s)
celery stalks
1 large
bell pepper
6*8 clove
1 bunch
green onions
8-12 c
seafood stock (if you can't find any, you can boil the shrimp shells) or use chicken stock
bay leaves dried or fresh

How to Make David's Louisiana Shrimp/Crawfish Etouffee


  • 1Finish making your blonde roux (pictured) but no darker than this. Once you add the aromatics it will stop the roux from changing color further.
  • 2While roux is still hot and on med-high heat add all of the Holy Trinity (onions, celery, bell pepper) and garlic. Continue to cook until onions, celery and bell peppers are tender. It helps to sweat the aromatics if you sprinkle a few pinches of salt over the top of this before mixing it with a heavy wooden spoon.
  • 3Everything is now tender add 2 cups of stock and stir until smooth, then add two more cups of stock and bay leaves and stir until blended
  • 4Continue at a simmer for about minimum 30-45 minutes before adding your shrimp or crawfish.

    Cook another 10-15 minutes, now it's ready to serve.
  • 5Finished and ready to serve.

    You can either serve over rice, pasta of any shape even mashed potatoes. I like to either pour over rice or put a cup of rice on top in the center and garnish with fresh chopped parsley or chopped green onions

    Serve with fresh or hot french bread

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About David's Louisiana Shrimp/Crawfish Etouffee

Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Dietary Needs: Wheat Free
Other Tag: Heirloom

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