This is not Jambalaya! Let’s just get that clear. Similar, yes. They’re like cousins. 1st cousins. My Seafood Rice will absolutely be one of your new, favorite side dishes! That’s big talk, right? Try me.
You’re gonna need your favorite sausages for this recipe. It’s the foundation of the flavor. Those sausage drippings matter! We build off of them.
Another important flavor component is the crawfish fat. I use frozen crawfish tails. After thawing, I drain that orange liquid off and reserve it. This will give the rice its seafood flavor. The color may be a little off putting at first. But, it’s just crawfish fat and water.
After cooking the shrimp and warming the crawfish, there will be some residual crawfish fat and water at the bottom of the pot. Drain it into the bowl of reserved crawfish fat. We don’t want to leave it in the spot, because it will prevent the veggies from browning properly in the next step. But, do NOT discard it. That’s more flavor that we need.
Gotta have the fresh veggies for seasoning. Also, mince your own garlic! It’s so convenient to just purchase the jar of pre-minced garlic. But, trust me, chopping up your own is much better. It’s more fragrant and fresher. Let’s talk rice. I’m using jasmine rice, so my measurements are in accordance with that type of rice. If you’re using a different rice, the amount of chicken stock will change. Follow the package instructions for the amount of water needed and use chicken stock instead of water.
To avoid overcooking the seafood, add it back into the pot along with the sausage at the very end of the cooking process. It will only need a minute or two to heat up. Then, fluff and serve!
Gumbo!!! It’s officially gumbo season in Louisiana! Although I make it all year round. What else is air conditioning for? We love our gumbo! We all make ours a little different and that’s ok. Just don’t put corn in it and we’re fine. We’re very particular about how it’s made. Ask Disney. Hehehe…anyway, here’s my beginner friendly version. Oh, and for my Cookies with seafood allergies, just skip the shrimp and crabs. Chicken and sausage gumbo is amazing as well. Enjoy! Oh and don’t forget the hot sauce!
Okay, I’m so long overdue with this one. Please forgive your girl! I was asked to film this over a month ago. I’m finally getting around to doing it. I promise these peppers are worth the wait! This is the seafood version. Duh, Coop! I know you already read the title. But, anyway, these things are overstuffed! That’s a good thing! Watch me make em……
De-dang-licious! I don’t even know what you should serve with these bad boys. Hmmm….you’ve already got the protein from the meat and the pepper is your veggie, if you actually eat the dang thing which you should! I guess you can add a salad or more veggies. But, they can definitely stand alone! You can also freeze these. Just stuff the peppers, let them cool completely, and put them in a freezer safe container. Don’t bake them. Wait until you’re ready to serve to thaw and bake for 30 mins, or until heated thoroughly, on 350 degrees F. To my darling Cookies with seafood allergies, don’t worry. I have a non-seafood version that contains rice. I’ll do that for you soon.
Cookies! I have a treat for you. My Crawfish and Shrimp Bread! Baby, this stuff is goooooood! And it’s super easy! Crawfish Bread is popular at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Of course, I had to be extra and add shrimp. Check out my recipe tutorial on Youtube…
This bread is super rich and cheesy. If you’re on a diet, come back on your cheat day! lol Fresh french bread works best. You can serve it open faced or fold it over and make a stuffed sammich (sandwich)! Try it out!
Salads!!! If I gotta eat some greens, it better be good! Haha! See, everything I make isn’t fried, dyed, and laid to the side!
I love this Seafood Salad. It’s fresh and flavorful! I don’t even eat it with dressing. But, you can, of course! I recommend a remoulade dressing. I’ll give ya that recipe too??
First, season a nice sized pound of shrimp with Tony’s, onion powder, garlic pepper, and smoked paprika. Then sauté them in some garlic infused olive oil. For the crawfish, lightly season them with Tony’s. And the lump crab, a little Accent. Pile all of that goodness on top of your choice of greens adding the crab meat on top. A sprinkle of Parmesan and feta cheese crumbles takes it over the top as well! ? And feel free to add any other veggies you desire!
1 cup of mayo
1 tablespoon of creole mustard
Chopped green onions and parsley
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoons of chili powder
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Louisiana hot sauce (optional)
Squeeze of half of a fresh lemon
Salt & pepper to taste
All of those ingredients into a bowl and whisk together, Be sure to taste and adjust seasoning is necessary!