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Crab and Shrimp Etouffee

Crab and Shrimp Etouffee is chock full of seafood and has a super rich flavor. Can be made in just 30 minutes!

Crab and Shrimp Etouffee

This Shrimp Etouffee Recipe has been popular on Spicy Southern Kitchen for years. It has a super dark roux that gives it a really rich flavor.

But I wanted  a recipe that had crab in it too and that took a little less time to make. The roux for this recipe only takes 5 minutes to make versus 20 minutes for the other etouffee recipe. Perfect for someone like me with little patience for stirring.

A tablespoon of tomato paste helps up the richness.

Alot of people from Louisiana will tell you that tomatoes have no business being in a cajun etouffee, but creole etouffees often contain tomatoes, so I say it’s up to personal preference.

Seafood Etouffee with Crab and Shrimp

How To Make Crab and Shrimp Etouffee

The roux is made with a combo of butter and vegetable oil. Once the roux gets to be a caramel color, you’ll add the trinity- onion, celery, and bell pepper and cook until soft.

Next add minced garlic. Then you’ll add a little white wine, chicken broth and all the seasonings. If you have a good seafood stock, you could use it instead of the chicken broth. Simmer this mixture for 10 minutes then add the shrimp, followed by the crab.

Be careful not to overcook the shrimp. They will get rubbery.

A combination of cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, and hot sauce gives this etouffee a fair amount of heat. Add extra hot sauce when you dish it up if you want it spicier.


Leftovers will keep refrigerated for 3 to 4 days and you’ll find the flavor gets better with time. Reheat in the microwave or in a pot over medium-low heat.

Crab and Shrimp Etouffee

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Seafood Etouffee with Shrimp and Crab

Crab and Shrimp Etouffee

Crab and Shrimp Etouffee is chock full of seafood and has a super rich flavor. Can be made in just 30 minutes!

PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/3 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over to remove any pieces of shell
  • rice and sliced green onion for serving


  • Add butter and vegetable oil to a large Dutch oven. Heat over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add flour. Cook and stir for 5 minutes, or until mixture turns a caramel color.
  • Add onion, celery, and geen pepper. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in chicken broth and wine. Add the next 8 ingredients. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in shrimp. Cook for 2 minuutes.
  • Stir in crab. Cook for 3 more minutes.
  • Serve with rice and green onion.


Leftovers will keep refrigerated for 3 to 4 days and you’ll find the flavor gets better with time.


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: cajun recipes

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10 thoughts on “Crab and Shrimp Etouffee”

  1. I tasted the sauce before I added my shrimp and I’m glad I did. The white wine completely threw off the taste. It made it tart and that is not how authentic etouffee tastes as I’ve had it numerous times in New Orleans. I’ll try again without the white wine.

  2. Super good!! First time making etoufee and with this recipe I’ll make it again!!! Like one reviewer, I put corn in mine. This is on rotation!!!

  3. Jennifer M.

    Really loved the richness of this recipe. I made it with imitation crab, since that is what I had in my fridge, and it turned out pretty good. I have made it with shrimp too, and both are fabulous. I added a little bit more to every ingredient so I could feed my family of 5 and have leftovers for lunch the next few days.

  4. Richard Baum

    Very good recipe. Halved it and it came out great! Lots of flavor! Served on cheddar biscuits instead of rice for the win 👍

  5. Jasmine Kiara Moody

    I made this the other night over jasmine rice with some box red lobster cheddar biscuits. When is say it was sooooooooooooooooooo freaking good. And I added a can of sweet corn .. It was Soooo good. Thanks for posting

  6. I just finished this and it was great. IMO, only one teaspoon of Worcester sauce is needed, But my husband liked it just as it was. I did add a bit more spice.

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