My Creole Fish Etouffee (Stew) combines the creamy consistency of an etouffee with the vibrant flavors of a tomato-based Creole stew.
Being a Louisiana native means I have a very special place in my heart for Cajun and Creole cuisines. From fried fish, red beans and rice, to dishes like gumbo and etouffee, they all represent the types dishes I grew up chowing down on. And they all had one thing in common - FLAVOR!
Today I'm sharing an etouffee-like recipe called Creole Fish Etouffee. This recipe basically takes etouffee (which has roux as its base) a step further by incorporating tomatoes resulting in the perfect creamy tomato-based stew --- and that's where the "Creole" comes into play.
Many times you find recipes similar to this that use crawfish or shrimp. However, if you are a person who may be allergic to shellfish or choose not to eat shellfish for dietary restrictions this recipe will be right up your alley. You still get to enjoy all the flavors you are looking for with a slight adjustment.
What type of fish do I use for my stew?
I'm a fan of cod, so that's always my first choice --- especially in a stew where you need a fish variety that will stand up (and maintain its form) during the stewing process. However, other great choices are Mahi Mahi, Haddock, Striped Bass, and Grouper.
The buttery garlic mixture blended with the Holy Trinity of onions and peppers creates authentic Cajun (or Creole) flavors. While the fresh chunks of cod smothered in vibrant and creamy tomato sauce makes you feel as if you took a flight to New Orleans for lunch.
Important cooking tip --- make sure you don't burn the butter and minced garlic mixture so that the flavor profile stays true to taste.
What type of Creole seasoning should I use?
I typically go back and forth between three seasoning brands including Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning, Justin Wilson's Cajun Seasoning, and Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning. You may be wondering what is the difference between Creole and Cajun seasoning since I've recommended both types.
Well, where Cajun seasoning is a basic blend of garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper, Creole seasoning takes it a step further by adding herbs like oregano, basil, and paprika. I tend to add more paprika and fresh basil leaves to this dish anyway, so either seasoning would work well.
This recipe is pretty simple and perfect when you want to bring everybody together for your next family or friend gathering. It goes a long way and everyone can feel free to go in for a second round!
If you love a good Creole dish give this Creole Fish Etouffee a spot on your dinner table (with an optional side of rice :)).
Check out my other Cajun and Creole recipes below:
- Cajun Turkey Boudin Sliders
- Cajun Chicken Sausage Po Boy
- Stewed Okra w/ Roasted Chicken Sausage
- Creole Fried Pickles