Good Old Fashion Shrimp Étouffée (Etouffee)

Good old fashion Shrimp étouffée; a No-Soup étouffée – the kind Grandma use to make.


  • 2 lbs Medium Shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 bunch scallions (green onions)
  • 1 small bunch of Parsley
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and cayenne pepper to taste


Step 1

Dice the onions and scallions. Chop the parsley. You can mix the onions and scallions in the same dish, but hold the parsley separately.

Step 2

In a medium pot, add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.

Step 3

Once the oil is heated, add the onions and scallions. Glaze the onions and scallions.

Step 4

Once all are glazed, add 2 cups of water and the can of tomato paste. Stir until the paste is dissolved.

Step 5

Lower the heat to a constant simmer for 35-40 minutes. Stir occasionally and add water if needed.

Step 6

Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste.

Step 7

After simmering, add parsley and simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 8

Add shrimp and lower the heat for an additional 20 minutes.

If the sauce looks to watery, you can dissolve 2 tablespoons of flour in a little water to form a paste and slowly stir in.

Step 9

Serve over rice and/or corn bread

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