Red Snapper Jambalaya

    1 hour 55 minutes

    File powder, which is sassafras, is used as a thickening agent in this stew but if you can't find it it's fine without.

    30 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons file powder (optional)
    • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
    • 2 spring onions, chopped
    • 2 large sweet onions, chopped
    • 1 large green capsicum, chopped
    • 3 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 2 cups (500ml) mushroom stock
    • 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice
    • 500g red snapper fillets, cut into 5cm pieces

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:1hour30min  ›  Ready in:1hour55min 

    1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Mix in flour and whisk constantly 2 to 3 minutes, until a thick paste-like roux has formed.
    2. Stir file powder, garlic, spring onions, onions and green capsicum into the roux. Cook and stir until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir tomatoes into the mixture. Season mixture with black pepper, cayenne pepper, allspice, cloves, salt and bay leaf. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is well blended, 10 to 15 minutes.
    3. Pour in mushroom stock and mix in rice. Increase amount of stock to cover all ingredients, if necessary. Bring to a boil and mix in snapper. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour or until rice is tender.

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    This recipe was very easy to make. It is pretty spicy, but I enjoy it that way. The snapper was great. I added about a pound of shrimp and some fresh s to the recipe, and it worked great. It was so good it made me want to slap my mama. Since she lives out of town, I slapped my mother in law instead.  -  14 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    My husband claims this is the best jambalaya I've ever made (and I've made a few). We love seafood, so I added shrimp and calamari. Have tried it with red snapper and tilapia, good with either, but snapper was better. Also put in a little turkey polska kielbasa.  -  14 Mar 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Since I dont know what the heck file powder is I didnt use it but I guess it didnt really need it because it was very tasty. I also used canned tomatoes and chicken broth. It was great, The only other change I made was to place the snapper filets on the top at the end to sort of poach it since I was afraid it would over cook.  -  21 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)