This is a Cajun dish similar to gumbo which is called etouffee. This recipe is easy and the yabbies can be substituted with prawns if necessary. Even better when served with hot garlic bread! Start cooking the rice first since this is a quick and easy dish.
3 cups (500g) long grain white rice
6 cups (1.5 litres) water
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup (30g) plain flour
500g yabby tails
2 tablespoons tomato pasta sauce
1 cup (250ml) water, or as needed
6 spring onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning, or to taste
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Combine the rice and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until rice is tender and water has been absorbed.
While the rice is cooking, melt the butter in a large frypan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until transparent. Stir in the garlic and cook for a minute. Stir in the flour until well blended.
Gradually stir in the tomato sauce and water then add the yabby tails and bring to a simmer. Add the spring onions and season with salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes over low heat until the yabbies are cooked but not tough. Serve over hot cooked rice.