Langoustine Étouffée

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Langostine etouffee - the most delicious dinner!

When I was in my 20’s and worked in the Senate, I had some friends move to Louisiana to work some local political races. I was thrilled- New Orleans had always been towards the top of my travel bucket list and a place I was dying to visit. I wasn’t particularly drawn to Mardi Gras- but I definitely wanted to experience the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, drink hurricanes (which I found out I am unfortunately allergic to- which is a long story in and of itself)- and eat my weight in gumbo, boudin, po’ boys, crawfish, beignets, and gallons of étouffée. There is no doubt that I love food in general- but I really, really love creole food. It’s spicy, bursting with flavor, full of peppers and onions- and often loaded with crawfish and other seafood. I was in heaven!

Langostine etouffee - the most delicious dinner!

After finding an absolute steal on langoustine- a European crustacean kind of like a cross between a lobster and a crawfish- I wanted to come up with a delicious étouffée  like the ones I sampled in New Orleans. This Langoustine Étouffée is an amazingly rich, complex, slightly sweet and spicy dish- and it is incredibly easy to make at home!

Langostine etouffee - the most delicious dinner!

Langoustine are a really easy ingredient to work with- but being in Northern Colorado, they aren’t something I come across often. Since Trader Joe’s just opened in Fort Collins, however, I rediscovered my love for them! I usually shirk from buying pre-cooked seafood, but I’ve never had any fishy flavor with their langoustines, and at $7.99, it is a total steal and a relatively inexpensive addition to make this dish budget friendly for a dinner party (compared to other seafood options).

Langoustine etoufee- a surprisingly easy and budget friendly twist on a creole classic!

A big part of the flavor of this dish comes from layering lots of sautéed peppers and onions, as well as making a roux to thicken the tomato based sauce. This adds a little time to the cooking- but don’t rush it. All you need to do is stir occasionally to be sure they don’t burn- but give them time to brown and break down. This won’t take more than 30 minutes- pour yourself a cold beer, and give it time!

langoustine etouffee- such a delicious dinner!

You can also make the étouffée a little before serving- just add a little more stock to make it a bit thinner so you can keep it heated on the stove until you’re ready to go- and leave the langoustines off until the end. This will prevent the dish from drying out or the fish from getting too gummy.

Since I’m using pre-cooked langoustine from Trader Joe’s, you really just want them to heat up – you do NOT want to overcook them. If you’re using fresh langoustine (lucky you!!) or crawfish, add them in with about 5-8 minutes on high to cook until they are opaque and pink- like shrimp.

langoustine etouffee- brown vegetables and create a rich roux

Stirring your mixture is a really important part of this dish. It’s not going to look all that delicious in the beginning- it will look a bit pale. But give it time to cook down, and rich delicious flavor will build on itself as your étouffée color begins to get deeper and darker.

langoustine etouffee- the most delicious, rich meal!
langoustine etouffee- this is a delicious easy dinner that is spicy, rich and so good!

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A bowl of curry with rice, cilantro, and langoustine étouffée.

Langoustine Étouffée

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 8 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup fish stock
  • 2 tsp emeril's essence
  • 12 oz. langoustine tails- cooked or uncooked, add 5 minutes for uncooked
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp+ tabasco sauce
  • 1 cup rice
  • cilantro, to garnish


  1. In a large, heavy pan, heat olive oil on medium until shimmery.
  2. Add onions and peppers, stirring occasionally, until browned.
  3. Add garlic.
  4. In small pan, combine flour and milk and heat on medium, stirring constantly, until mixture browns slightly to create a roux.
  5. Add roux to vegetables, let sauté and stir occasionally for two minutes.
  6. Add stock, spices and tomatoes, cook on medium until sauce browns and reduces to a gravy consistency.
  7. Cook rice in another pan- 1 cup of long grain white rice to two cups of water.
  8. When rice is ready, scoop a rounded 1/2 cupful into a bowl, and top with étouffée.
  9. Garnish with cilantro or parsley and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 156Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 8mgSodium 139mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 3gSugar 5gProtein 4g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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  1. This looks lovely, but not making a proper, chestnut brown roux, will rob you of that magnificent depth of flavor that Etouffee is loved for. (Always the first part of any Etouffee recipe, browning the fat and flour, then sautéing the veg in the roux.) Other than that, it looks delightful.