Shrimp or Crawfish Stew

This was a Lent meal when I was growing up, now we have it anytime. This is the basic brown stew gravy, so you can make this dish with any seafood or meat. Meatball stew or pork stew can also be made from this basic recipe. Boiled eggs are also a wonderful addition.

One of our classics – first you make a roux – the new trend now is first you buy a jar of roux.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup oil for the roux
  • 1 onion, chopped - shallots may also be added
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • Cajun Seasonings or Season-All
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and de-veined, crawfish or both
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped green onion tops - scallions
  • 1/2 to 1 cup parsley chopped
  • 2 cups rice
  • 6 boiled eggs (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or to taste


Step 1

In a Dutch oven pot combine oil and roux. Cook slowly over medium heat stirring continually for approximately 35 to 45 minutes until the roux is similar to a dark copper penny color. If using store purchased roux, use approximately three-quarters of the jar.

Step 2

Once the copper color of the roux is achieved, add the onion, bell pepper and celery directly into the roux and cook down until veggies are soft. Start with two to three cups of water, add to the roux until the roux dissolves into a savory type gravy.

Step 3

Mix well and let mixture come to a soft boil, then reduce heat, cooking for an additional 30 minutes or more if needed. At this time you can adjust the roux or liquid if you need extra. Add the liquid gradually to allow the gravy to have a consistency that will stick to the rice. In addition, add the salt, white and black pepper, cayenne to taste, celery seed to the mixture along with the boiled eggs if using.

Step 4

Season the shrimp with your favorite Cajun seasoning or Season All.

Step 5

Add the seasoned shrimp, the parsley, and onion tops and cook until shrimp are pink; 10 minutes more. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Step 6

Serve over hot rice.

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