Langoustine Étouffée

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This luxurious Cajun inspired langoustine etouffee with tender langoustine simmered in a rich spicy sauce with onions, bell peppers, and celery – flavorful and delicious!

stew with beans and vegetables with rice and cilantro on top
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Cajun Langoustine Etouffee

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!

stew with beans and vegetables with rice and cilantro on top

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!

stew with beans and vegetables with rice and cilantro on top

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).

stew with beans and vegetables with rice and cilantro on top

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!

stew with beans and vegetables with rice and cilantro on top

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.

stew with beans and vegetables with rice and cilantro on top

More Favorite Recipes

Steamed White Rice – A simple bed of fluffy white rice makes the perfect canvas for soaking up the étouffée’s flavorful sauce.

Cornbread – A slice of moist cornbread can complement the spices and textures in the dish.

Coleslaw – A crisp, creamy coleslaw adds a refreshing contrast to the rich and spicy étouffée.

GritsCreamy grits offer a comforting base that blends seamlessly with the étouffée.

Green Salad – A light, leafy green salad dressed with a simple vinaigrette can cut through the richness of the dish.

Garlic Bread – For sopping up the sauce, nothing beats warm, buttery garlic bread.

Cucumber Salad – A chilled cucumber salad with dill and yogurt can provide a cool, tangy relief from the dish’s heat.

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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 langoustine étouffée with a mound of white rice topped with fresh cilantro, served on a decorative plate.

Langoustine Étouffée

Langoustine étouffée is a luxurious Cajun-inspired dish where tender langoustines are simmered in a rich, spicy sauce made with the holy trinity of onions, bell peppers, and celery, delivering a flavorful and hearty seafood experience.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine French
Keyword easy french dishes, french dishes, langoustine etoufee
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 207kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers diced
  • 2 onions diced
  • 8 cloves of garlic diced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • ½ 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
  • 1 bunch cilantro to garnish


  • In a large, heavy pan, heat olive oil on medium until shimmery.
  • Add onions and peppers, stirring occasionally, until browned.
  • Add garlic.
  • In small pan, combine flour and milk and heat on medium, stirring constantly, until mixture browns slightly to create a roux.
  • Add roux to vegetables, let sauté and stir occasionally for two minutes.
  • Add stock, spices and tomatoes, cook on medium until sauce browns and reduces to a gravy consistency.
  • Cook rice in another pan- 1 cup of long grain white rice to two cups of water.
  • When rice is ready, scoop a rounded 1/2 cupful into a bowl, and top with étouffée.
  • Garnish with cilantro or parsley and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1580IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. Mandi says:

    I LOVE creole food. I grew up an hour from the Louisiana border so I know exactly what it means to stuff yourself silly! Pinned. =) I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  2. Analida's Ethnic Spoon says:

    This looks lovely and very Louisiana. Pinned and stumbled!

  3. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti says:

    This looks fabulous! I often see llangoustines for sale at Costco but did not know what to make wioth them. I’ll try this recipe!

  4. Jen and Emily @ Layers of Happiness says:

    This looks so comforting an delicious! So much color and flavor! I’m obsessed! 🙂

  5. Thalia @ butter and brioche says:

    I’ve always been attracted to New Orleans.. and all the incredible food from there. Never have I heard of langoustine etouffee before but it sure does look delicious & something I would LOVE!