Cookin’ with Nino: Shrimp Stew

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Shrimp Stew

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1lb. Rouses wild caught small, peeled shrimp
  • 3 cups seafood stock
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 Tbs. minced celery
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 bunch fresh green onions cut finely
  • 1/4 Tbs. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Make the roux: In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, over medium heat, heat oil until hot, but not smoking.  Add flour all at once and stir constantly until the roux is golden brown.  It may take 45 minutes to 1 hour to make the roux.  (The end result is worth the time.)
  2. Add the onion to the roux and cook, stirring constantly, until onion is soft and light brown.
  3. Lower heat to simmer and add the shrimp and cook for about 10 minutes.  Slowly stir in the water.  Raise heat to medium and continue cooking until the stew reaches a boil.  Stir in the green bell pepper, celery, parsley, green onions, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper.
  4. Turn heat down to a simmer and cook for about 30 to 40 minutes to blend flavors.  Taste and adjust seasonings.