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Shrimp-and-Sausage Stew

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Leigh Anne Montgomery
Prep time 30 mins
Cook time 3 hrs, 5 mins

Makes 10 to 12 servings


  • 4 pounds peeled, large raw shrimp
  • 3 large onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 (15-oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 3 (14 1/2-oz.) cans diced tomatoes with zesty green chiles
  • 5 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1-inch strips
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped and divided
  • 1 (1-lb.) package spicy smoked sausage, sliced
  • 3 cups uncooked jasmine or long-grain rice
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

How to Make It

  1. Butterfly shrimp by making a deep slit down back of each from large end to tail, cutting to but not through inside curve of shrimp. Devein shrimp.

  2. Cook onions in hot oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring often, 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Add tomato sauce, and cook, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes or until thickened. Add diced tomatoes with green chiles, celery, bell peppers, and 2 cups water.

  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium, and simmer 30 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Add 3 garlic cloves, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring in 1 to 2 cups of water as needed to maintain a stew-like consistency. Stir in sausage, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring in 1 to 2 cups water as needed. Skim grease from surface as needed.

  4. Meanwhile, prepare rice according to package directions.

  5. Stir green onions, parsley, Cajun seasoning, and remaining 3 garlic cloves into sausage mixture. Simmer 10 minutes. Add shrimp, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  6. Stir together 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup water. Stir into shrimp-and-sausage mixture, stirring just until mixture is thick and glossy. Serve with hot cooked rice.