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Cajun Shrimp Stew

Updated On: Apr 26, 2024

Cajun Shrimp Stew is a quick weeknight dinner that is packed with potatoes, shrimp, garlic, and spices. Ladle over steamed rice and serve with a hunk of crusty bread for a hearty and flavorful dinner.

emeril lagasse's cajun shrimp stew recipe

This recipe for Cajun Shrimp Stew is warm and hearty, and a really great stick to your ribs dinner idea.  This recipe comes from Emeril Lagasse’s cookbook Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders .  Being a part of Emeril’s 3 week-long blogger party, I have been given 3 recipes to share with you and today is your lucky day, as this is one of them!  This recipe is one you will need to plan ahead for.  It’s not a quick toss it together, but it is SO WORTH IT.  Delish!  Should we get to the pictorial????  Oh alright, let’s do it.

homegrown vegetables

Ingredients in Cajun Shrimp Stew

Like any good farmgirl, I started this recipe by heading to the garden and digging up some veggies.

  • Deveined Shrimp
  • All-purpose flour
  • Onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Shrimp Stock or Chicken Stock
  • Bay leaves
  • Spices: black pepper, cayenne,
  • Fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • Russet potatoes
  • Green onions
  • Fresh parsley
  • Steamed long-grain white rice, for serving
how to make a homemade shrimp stock

How to make Shrimp Stew

We’re starting with Rich Shrimp Stock.  So add some olive oil to a large stock pot and add a pound of shrimp shells (and heads if you have them) and saute for 4 to 6 minutes. Add 2 rough chopped carrots, 1 large onion rough chopped, 1 stalk of celery (you guessed it) rough chopped and 2 garlic cloves, smashed. Pour in 12 cups of water to the pot. 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp of peppercorns, 3 sprigs of Thyme and 2 large sprigs of Italian parsley.  Give it a stir and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 45-60 minutes.  Strain the stock into a bowl and wipe out the pot.

making a roux for cajun shrimp stew

How to make a roux

Heat up 1 cup of vegetable oil in the stock pot over medium-high heat.  Whisk in 1 1/2 cups of flour and whisk constantly until the roux begins to brown. You’re going for peanut butter color here and it should take about 10 minutes.  If it’s browning to fast, turn down the heat.

Add 2 1/2 cups of chopped onion and 12 cloves of minced garlic and cook until the onions get soft (about 4 minutes). Start adding the Shrimp stock slowly and whisk to combine until smooth. Add 2 bay leaves, 1 1/4 tsp black pepper, 3/4 cayenne, 3 tsp fresh thyme and 4 tsp kosher salt.  Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 3 diced russet potatoes and simmer for another 30-40 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and the sauce is thick.  Add 2 lbs of Shrimp (that have been tossed with 1/2 tsp salt), 1/4 cup of chopped green onions and 2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley.  As soon as the shrimp are pink, it’s time to serve over steamed white rice.

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emeril lagasse's cajun shrimp stew recipe

Cajun Shrimp Stew

A hearty Cajun Shrimp Stew recipe that is served over steamed rice and is packed with flavor from a rich shrimp stock that's simmered for 45 mintues.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Shrimp Stock 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 6 Servings


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup minced garlic about 12 cloves
  • 10 cups Rich Shrimp Stock page 173
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 large baking potatoes 2 ½ to 3 pounds, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 pounds small or medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion green part only
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Steamed long-grain white rice for serving

Rich Shrimp Stock

  • 1 ½ pounds shrimp shells and heads
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 14 cups water
  • 1 large onion unpeeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup roughly chopped celery
  • 2 small carrots roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns whole
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 large sprigs fresh parsley


  • Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat and, when hot, add the flour. Whisk to combine and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until a medium roux is formed (it should look a bit darker than peanut butter), about 10 minutes.  (If the roux begins to brown too quickly, reduce the heat to medium or medium-low and take your time – it is important that the roux not be burned at all of the stew will have a bitter taste.)  As soon as the roux is the right color, add the chopped onion and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.  Stir in the stock, little by little, and bring the sauce to a gentle boil. Add the bay leaves, black pepper, cayenne, thyme, and 4 teaspoons of the salt and reduce the heat so that the sauce just simmers. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the floury taste is gone, 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes and continue to cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are very tender and the sauce is thick and flavorful, 30 to 40 minutes longer. (Add a bit of water or chicken broth to thin the gravy should the stew get too thick during the cook time. The sauce is meant to be thick and rich but not pasty.)
  • Toss the shrimp with the remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Stir the shrimp, green onion, and parsley into the stew and continue to cook until the shrimp are just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Remove the bay leaves. Serve the stew in shallow bowls over hot white rice.

Rich Shrimp Stock

  • Rinse the shrimp shells and heads in a large colander under cold running water and allow to drain.
  • In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  When hot, add the shrimp shells and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shells are pink and toasty-fragrant, 4 to 6 minutes.  Add the water and all the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat, skimming an foam that comes to the surface.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook at a slow simmer until the stock is flavorful, 45-60 minutes.
  • Strain the stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a large heat-proof bowl and allow to cool completely (if not using immediately)


Calories: 795kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 46gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 24gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 243mgSodium: 3657mgPotassium: 1497mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 3132IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 313mgIron: 5mg
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Recipe By:

Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  2. xlpharmacy says:

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  3. Gorgeous! I made this one earlier in the week and it was a huge hit here as well – great comfort food 🙂

  4. diabeticFoodie says:

    Great photos! Good-looking home-grown veggies too.

  5. Oh man, this is my kind of stew!! Love the photos and that you taught me how to make the stock! Looks delicious!

  6. Cookin' Canuck says:

    I am salivating just reading about this stew. How wonderful that you have all of those veggies to use in your cooking.

  7. Caitlin @ Cake with Love says:

    I am adding this to my to do list!!! anything with shrimp is calling my name!! looks yummy!!!

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  9. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray says:

    Looks like this turned out great! Love all the photos!

  10. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says:

    Great job Heather, it looks so fantastic!! I love the photos, especially the vegetables out of the garden.

  11. Nelly Rodriguez says:

    Oh you’re looks delicious and the fact that you can get those veggies from the garden/farm!? Even better!

  12. Oh, so yummy…I can smell it over here! I would definitely make this.

  13. Donna Currie says:

    Looks great! I’m looking forward to making this one soon!

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