Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Karin Olsen
Hands-on Time
55 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 35 Mins
Makes 6 to 8 servings

Hurricane Katrina and a subsequent oil spill off the coast of Louisiana renewed appreciation for our region's seafood. This stew shows off its incomparable flavors, colors, and beauty. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Peel shrimp; place shells in a saucepan. (Refrigerate shrimp until ready to use.) Add celery ends and onion peel to pan; chop remaining celery and onion, and reserve. (Using the leftover bits of onion and celery will layer the flavor and result in a flavorful broth.) Add broth; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 30 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, 7 to 8 minutes or until browned. Remove sausage; pat dry. Wipe Dutch oven clean. Sauté celery, onion, and peppers in hot oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes or until onion is tender. Add garlic, and sauté 45 seconds to 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in potatoes, next 4 ingredients, and sausage.

Step 3

Pour broth mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into Dutch oven, discarding solids. Increase heat to high, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Step 4

Add fish; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until just opaque. Add shrimp, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. If desired, stir in crawfish, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until hot.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5

Spoon seafood into warmed soup bowls. Top with broth mixture. Serve immediately with Griddle Corn Cakes and Spiced Mayonnaise.

Also appeared in: Southern Living, February, 2014

Ratings & Reviews

Naturally Nawlins

September 26, 2016
Outstanding!!! Simple ingredients that all come together superbly!!! The really amazing thing is that it's hearty yet light because you don't have to make a roux. I am looking forward to making this for my family for the week of Thanksgiving!!!

BaoLe22's Review

February 05, 2014
Absolutely terrible. Will not make it again. And it sure didn't look like the photos. Also there is no way you can make this in only an hour and 30 minutes.

Christina1967's Review

January 22, 2014

Cupcake16's Review

January 22, 2014
Delicious! Absolutely would make this again. Great for Sunday dinner. I didn't alter any ingredients. Served the griddle cakes and spicy mayo with this, perfect addition.