Cajun Yabbies and Rice

    30 minutes

    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.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 3 cups (500g) long grain white rice
    • 6 cups (1.5 litres) water
    • 185g butter
    • 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

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

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    For Kerms, the water is supposed to be for the rice. Not the etouffee. I think that was your mistake.  -  03 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I tried to make this etouffee and it was a disaster! I think the measurements might be wrong. With 3/4 cup of butter (that's a stick and a half of butter) and 6 cups of water, I basically ended up with butter soup. The recipe only calls for a couple of tablespoons of tomato sauce. Within 6 cups of water, that doesn't do anything. Maybe its supposed to be tomato paste? I'm not sure what I did wrong, but I basically ended up with melted butter floating on top of slightly tinted water. I ended up having to throw the whole thing out. It was very disappointing because all the shrimp (I didn't have crawfish) was wasted. Maybe I did something wrong, if so please tell me! I was so excited when I read the other reviews. Mine just didn't turn out anything like it.  -  12 Feb 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Super easy! I am from Louisiana and agree with other reviews...etouffee should not contain canned soups! My entire family enjoys this recipe!  -  07 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)