POPSUGAR Celebrity

Celebrate Fat Tuesday With Quick Shrimp Étouffée

Mar 8 2011 - 12:44pm

Couldn't make it to Mardi Gras [1] this year? If you're lamenting the fact that today's Fat Tuesday and the French Quarter's a plane ride away, then do what I like to do. Bring the purple, green, and gold to your kitchen instead with a comforting platter of saucy shrimp étouffée [2].

Although some variations of the seafood recipe take hours to cook, enjoy a snappier version, since tonight's a school night. While the tomatoes and aromatics simmer together, steam a bowl of grains in the rice cooker (dabbed with a bit of butter, of course) so everything's ready to hit the table at the same time. Settle in with an Abita [3], some extra hot sauce, and your party hat, and you'll be ready to dig in! Click through for the quick recipe.

Shrimp Étouffée

Fast and Easy Shrimp Étouffée Recipe 2011-03-08 11:46:20


1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 medium onions, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup flour
3-1/2 cups water
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
Hot cooked rice, for serving


  1. Melt butter in large saucepot or Dutch oven; add onion, celery, green onion, and garlic. Cook 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add flour and stir until well blended. Stir in water, tomatoes, lemon juice, salt, bay leaves and thyme. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in shrimp and hot sauce. Simmer 5 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink. Discard bay leaves. Serve over rice.

Makes 8 servings.

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