Emeril's Shrimp Stew

Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

Posted from "Every Day's a Party" by Emeril Lagasse; posted for ZWT 5. From the intro to the recipe - "Shrimp stew is practically a staple dish in the area of Louisiana known as Acadiana, in the southern part of the state. Old time cooks garnished the dish with chopped hard-boil eggs. If you can, purchase shrimp with the heads and tails intact so that you can use them to make a stock. (In a pinch, you can substitute 1 quart of chicken broth.)"

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel the shrimp and reserve the shells and heads.
  2. Refrigerate the shrimp and put the shells and heads in a large saucepan. Add the water, quartered onion, bay leaves, and 1 tablespoon of the salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh strainer.
  4. Discard the peelings and set aside the shrimp stock.
  5. Combine the oil and flour in a large cast-iron pot or enameled cast-iron Dutch oven over medium heat.
  6. Stirring slowly and constantly, make a roux the color of peanut butter, 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery and cook, stirring, until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the shrimp stock and whisk to blend with the roux. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours.
  8. Add the shrimp, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the cayenne and cook for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley.
  10. Ladle into individual soup bowls, garnish with the chopped eggs, and serve hot.
  11. Note: The stew can also be served over white rice.


Most Helpful

Best shrimp stew I've ever ate. I tweaked the roux, used less oil.

Charity R. June 11, 2016

This is a wonderful shrimp stew. I made exactly as written and it reminded me so much of the stew my Maw-Maw used to make! I will definitely be making this again! Thanks for posting such a wonderful recipe!

Darla Stansbury August 19, 2009

I like this a lot. It is much like a shrimp gumbo without tomatoes and okra. I am eating it now, and I will probably get more. I took every shortcut in the book with this. I used Tony Chachere's instant roux mix, you just add it in the liquid and mix it in. I also used 1 box of seafood stock and 1/2 box of chicken broth. Then it simmered for about 2 hours. I also used frozen peeled and deveined jumbo-gumbo sized shrimp--didn't even thaw. I will definitely make this again. Ohhh, smoked sausage would be good in this. Hmmm....Made for Everyday's a Holiday TAG

Chele D July 17, 2009

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