If you are a rice and gravy type of person, this comfort food will be right up your alley! Personally, my favorite kinds of dishes have rice and a variety of seafood, so naturally, this recipe is SO COMFORTING!
Étouffée is a creole term meaning ‘smothered’ and you better believe I’ve done this justice. Our lobster and shrimp are smothered in a flavorful sauce, as well as, delicious seasonings, celery, onions, pepper, butter and garlic! I intentionally wrapped all of that flavor around spicy Cajun rice and garnished it with fresh parsley.
Make sure you get your cool glass of water ready because it is H-O-T just like they do it in N’awlins! Enjoy Baaaby!
Lobster and Shrimp Étouffée & Cajun Rice
Ingredients for Etoufee
Ingredients for Cajun Rice
Preparing the Shrimp and Lobster Étouffée
Preheat cast iron pan. Add 4 tbsp of butter and garlic. Slowly add all purpose flour and stir continuously. Blend tomatoes, half of your onion and the habanero Chile pepper in a blender. Add blended items to rue and stir. Add chicken stock, chopped celery, scallions. Add chopped 1/2 of onion and chopped half of green pepper to pan with rue and sauce. mix well. Add shrimp, thyme, Cajun seasonings and parsley. Cover a cook on low for 5 to 10 minutes until broth has thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a separate pot add 4 cups of water. Add 1 cup of butter and 1 tsp of garlic. once water comes to a boil add your fresh lobster and cook for 10minutes or until completed done. Once lobster is cooked, place in colander and run cold water on it. Cut tail of lobster shell right down the center and remove lobster meat. Chop lobster meat and add to étouffée.
Preparing Cajun Rice
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small pot. Add rice and cover, cooking at medium low heat. Preheat a cast iron pan. Add garlic, onions, green peppers and sauté well. Add ground turkey and or beef and cooked well. Season with black pepper Cajun seasoning, garlic and celery seed. Once rice has cooked add rice and mix all together. Add broth and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Plate your étouffée pairing it with the Cajun rice. Garnish with thyme or parsley and Enjoy!