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Shrimp and Portobello Mushroom Etouffee

I was introduced to Etoufee for the first time when I visited New Orleans in 2010. I fell in love with southern food. While Etoufee is typically served with shellfish, I added portobello mushrooms and vegan chicken strips to cater to a fussy eater who doesn’t eat seafood. I get my seafood fix, and he gets his vegan fix. We are both happy :).



  1. Season the shrimp with 1/2 tsp creole seasoning, set aside.
  2. Remove the stems from the portobello mushrooms. Scrape off the gills from the underside of the cap with a spoon. Dice the mushroom caps.
  3. Melt butter in a large dutch oven set over medium heat. Add the flour and stir continuously over medium high heat to make a roux, about 8 minutes. The roux is ready when it turns mahogany.
  4. Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, and garlic to the roux, and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes to the pot and season with the bay leaves, salt, cayenne pepper, and 1 tsp creole seasoning.
  6. Stir in the chicken stock, diced mushrooms and vegan chicken strips. Bring the mixture to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer.
  7. Simmer the Etouffee over medium low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Add seasoned shrimp to the Etouffee. Cook the shrimp for 5 to 7 minutes.
  9. Add the chopped parsley to the pot and stir to combine.
  10. Serve immediately over steamed white rice and garnish with chopped green onion.