Shrimp and Crab Étouffée

If you’re in the mood for a tasty and simple dish, look no further than Shrimp and Crab Étouffée. This Cajun-inspired recipe brings together juicy shrimp, crab meat, and a flavorful sauce on a bed of fluffy rice. The mix of spices, seafood sweetness, and overall heartiness makes it a great choice for any occasion.

Why You’ll Love Shrimp and Crab Étouffée

  • Quick and Easy: Ready in just 10 minutes of prep and 20-25 minutes of cooking, this recipe is a game-changer for busy days when you want something tasty without the kitchen marathon.
  • Sweet and Flavorful Seafood: The mix of shrimp and crab in this dish creates a burst of flavors. The sweet seafood, spiced up with Cajun seasoning and garlic, turns every bite into a delicious treat.
  • Great for Any Occasion: Whether it’s a laid-back family dinner, a chill hangout with friends, or a special celebration, Shrimp and Crab Étouffée is a winner. Its adaptability makes it a hit for all kinds of events.
  • Cozy and Satisfying: The thick, rich sauce and the Cajun spice warmth make this dish the ultimate comfort food.
  • Perfect Match with Rice: Served over cooked rice, it strikes the right balance of flavors and textures. The rice acts as a perfect partner, soaking up the savory sauce and making every spoonful a delightful experience.

What You Need to Make Shrimp and Crab Étouffée

  • Measuring Cups/ Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Large Stock Pot
  • Stove Top

Ingredients You Need To Make Shrimp and Crab Étouffée

  • Shrimp, cleaned
  • Crab meat
  • Onion
  • Bell pepper
  • Celery
  • Thyme sprigs
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Garlic, minced
  • Butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Seafood stock
  • Cornstarch + Water for slurry
  • Cooked rice for serving

How to Make Shrimp and Crab Étouffée

  1. Place a large pot over medium heat, add 4 tablespoons of butter, and sauté diced onion, bell pepper, and celery until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add Cajun seasoning, salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes to meld the flavors.
  3. Stir in thyme sprigs, cleaned shrimp, crab meat, and seafood stock. Mix well.
  4. In a small bowl, make a slurry with cornstarch and water. Pour it into the pot and stir to thicken the sauce.
  5. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the shrimp is cooked, and the sauce thickens.
  6. Spoon over cooked rice and savor the deliciousness!

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use frozen shrimp and crab?

Yes, you can use frozen shrimp and crab. Make sure they are thawed and well-drained before cooking.

Can I adjust the level of Cajun seasoning for less spice?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize the Cajun seasoning according to your spice preference.

How long can I store leftovers?

Store any leftover Étouffée in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Can I freeze Shrimp and Crab Étouffée?

While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze it for up to a month. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Shrimp and Crab Étouffé

This dish is flavorful, comforting, and easy to whip up.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Shrimp and Crab Étouffé
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 305kcal


  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • large stock pot
  • Stove Top


  • 1 lb shrimp cleaned
  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • celery diced
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 3 cups seafood stock
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water for slurry
  • Cooked rice for serving


  • Place a large pot over medium heat and add 4 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter is melted and sizzling, add diced onion, bell pepper, and celery. Cook until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the Cajun seasoning, salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Mix well and cook for a couple of minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  • Stir in the thyme sprigs, cleaned shrimp, crab meat, and seafood stock. Mix everything together.
  • In a small bowl, make a slurry by mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water. Pour the slurry into the pot and continue to stir. This will help thicken the sauce.
  • Allow the mixture to simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the shrimp is cooked, and the sauce has thickened to your liking.
  • Spoon the Shrimp and Crab Étouffée over cooked rice.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 236mg | Sodium: 2739mg | Potassium: 746mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2226IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 2mg
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Get ready for a flavor-packed experience with my Shrimp and Crab Étouffée! It’s a fantastic dish that combines the goodness of seafood with simple preparation. Whether you’re a seafood lover or just craving a comforting meal, you’ll love this Cajun dish. Easy to cook and bursting with rich flavors, it’s a standout choice for any occasion. Treat yourself and your loved ones – you’ll be hooked after the first bite!

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