Vol-Au-Vent of Louisiana seafood

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a delectable combination of fresh local shellfish in a rich, creamy sauce reminiscent of the old-fashioned Newburg sauce, but a touch spicier. The vol-au-vent--a large version of what Orleanians call a "patty shell" should be bought fresh from a French baker. (I guess you could make it yourself, but the work is ridiculous.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Saute the green onions and shallots until they're limp.
  3. Add the wine and bring it to a boil.
  4. Reduce until most of the liquid is gone.
  5. Add the cream, saffron, salt, pepper, cayenne and ginger, and bring to a light boil.
  6. (Also add tarragon at this point if using dried.) Add scallops and shrimp.
  7. Cook for four minutes, then add oysters and fresh tarragon.
  8. Cook until edges of oysters are curly.
  9. Throughout the process, agitate pan to slosh the sauce over the seafoods.
  10. Spoon the seafoods into a puff pastry shell, until seafoods and sauce run over the top and onto the plate.
Most Helpful

We thought this was incredible. Light tasting, but rich at the same time.Thanks!

Paulappp December 07, 2002

This was EXCELLENT! I added green peppers, lobster and mushrooms though. Best meal I've ever made

melanie.a.melanson December 10, 2009

Really tasty exotic and delicate meal. 5 Star!
I did it lighter substituting the cream with a mix of milk and light fresh cheese!
Will do it again! Thanks for posting!

awalde January 08, 2011