Shrimp Stew and Wish List Item


Do you all remember back in the summer when I did my shrimp boil? Here is a picture to jog your memory!

Well, my friends- I don’t like to keep secrets from you so now is the time I must admit just how simply amazing the leftovers from that shrimp boil were in my shrimp stew.  I froze the leftovers and made the stew a few weeks ago (yes the leftovers will last up to 6 months in the freezer) and seriously it was amazing. Simply fantastic.

The seasoning from the cooked shrimp, veggies, sausage and potatoes just spread throughout the broth and turned the stew into a rich and satisfying meal. It is delicious and healthy and if you don’t have time to for a shrimp boil in order to save the leftovers to make this stew, then by all means use the recipe below with my optional additions in order to create the same great taste.

Now don’t be alarmed if you go searching for shrimp stew recipes to find that mine is somewhat different than the rest. This is my own version of shrimp stew. By that I mean, I had all these leftovers and by making a simple roux and combining my favorite flavors I came up with a stew like soup loaded with yummy seafood. The roux is not dark (like most) and it is not soupy (like most) so there is not need to top it off with rice or a side of mashed potatoes. It is a one pot meal all by its lonesome and believe me- worth every minute!

Cajun Shrimp Stew
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Serves: 6-8 servings
  • Either leftovers from my shrimp boil or
  • 1 pound of shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • ½ pound of quartered red or new potatoes
  • 1 link of andouille sausage, sliced
  • 2 stalks of celery, largely diced
  • 1 onion, quartered and taken apart
  • 4 ears of frozen corn ( not canned or fresh but frozen)
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper each
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp crab boil seasoning (powder form)
  • PLUS:
  • 1 TBSP fresh basil and parsley
  • 4 cups of chicken stock, warmed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • dash of hot sauce
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper each
  1. Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet- lower heat and add in the flour, stirring constantly until the flour is completely incorporated and the roux turns a nice golden color- approx 15-20 minutes. Add in the chicken stock and remaining ingredients. Meanwhile, if you do not have the leftovers from my shrimp boil then heat the butter and oil in a separate pan and saute the celery, onion and potatoes (the potatoes will not cook all the way through- they can finish cooking in the stew). Saute for 4-7 minutes then add in the sausage. Cook until sausage is slightly browned.
  2. If you are making this without leftovers then- Place the veggies, sausage, corn, potatoes and shrimp into the pot with the stock and stir. Now add in the salt, pepper, crab boil and cajun seasoning, bay leaves, dash of hot sauce and herbs. Bring to a boil then reduce and allow to cook covered for 30 minutes.
  3. If you are making this with the leftovers then- Add in the salt, pepper, bay leaves, hot sauce and herbs. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, dump in the leftover veggies, sausage, corn, potatoes and shrimp, stir and cook on low covered for 30 minutes.

So last week I suggested a few sites that I found to be great ideas for gifts this holiday season. This week I am doing more of a wish list so to speak. Things I only wish I could get this Christmas or any day for that matter. I bet you all can guess what most of my wish list is comprised of? Yep, things for the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong- I have a great kitchen but a few new appliances wouldn’t hurt me now would they? Secretly, I am hoping my refrigerator would suddenly die on me and I would be “forced” to get a new one – Like the one below. In that case I would definitely be visiting this amazing site I found that compares prices on all types of Kenmore appliances from Sears. It makes comparing prices a snap and they not only have appliances but items in outdoor, mens and women’s clothing and electronics. Now that is something to get jolly about!

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  1. 2 Sisters Recipes

    Hey great idea for the leftovers! I haven’t try this shrimp stew yet, but I think I will get on it! Love your recipes and photos girl! 🙂 Anna

    02 . Nov . 2011
  2. nancy at good food matters

    what a delicious way to put that sumptuous leftover stock to good use. I love the corn in this savory stew—terrific dish for a fall day.

    02 . Nov . 2011
  3. Bonnie

    I don’t know how I missed your original recipe! It looks and sounds like Frogmore Stew (from the low country of South Carolina). I’m going to have to make the original in order to make today’s delicious looking bowl!! Hope all is well. I’m just back from down south and playing catchup.


    02 . Nov . 2011
  4. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    We love shrimp but I don’t think we have ever had it in a stew. I think that is going to change now after seeing this! This looks so good and I think it would be delicious for dinner with some hot out of the oven cornbread on the side!!

    02 . Nov . 2011
  5. kelli

    Girl this looks divine! I must say this will be perfect for the big LSU Bama game Saturday. Thehybbs and I are already at it smack talking so this will be one thing we both can agree on Sat….what we are eating. I have to make this Sat so thanks girl for this wonderful recipe! I know y’all are prob just excited about the game also.

    02 . Nov . 2011
  6. Erica

    OMG- Love shrimp in soup or stew. This looks so amazing and fresh/delicious. Love your blog 🙂

    02 . Nov . 2011
  7. kitchen flavours

    Wow, this looks really delicious! I love shrimps, cooked in any way! And stew sounds great! Would even be lovely on pasta! Drooling now….!!! 🙂

    02 . Nov . 2011
  8. lena

    i dont think i’ve seen your shrimp boil before , that looks light and refreshing and this stew looks so inviting! what’s a shrimp stew supposed to look like? who cares, huh ..i hv to tell you that it’s actually my first time seeing it though a shrimp stew sounds quite common and i like it!

    02 . Nov . 2011
  9. Three-Cookies

    Sounds nice and convenient. I like this part of the recipe “Either leftovers from my shrimp boil “:)

    02 . Nov . 2011
  10. val

    Your recipes inspire me!! YUMMY!

    02 . Nov . 2011
  11. Greg

    Talk about drool worthy. Those shrimp look fantastic!

    02 . Nov . 2011
  12. Sue/the view from great island

    That’s brilliant recycling, I wish my freezer were that organized. I tend to put stuff in with all good intentions and then forget about it altogether. I love how your two dishes represent the seasons so beautifully. The top photo of the shrimp boil just screams summer, and the stew looks so warm and cozy.

    02 . Nov . 2011
  13. yummychunklet

    My mouth was watering for your shrimp boil but now I’m drooling over the look of this stew!

    02 . Nov . 2011
  14. sportsglutton

    I missed the shrimp boil post, so thanks for the remainder. So sounds phenomenal and I love how it has kept over a period of six months. Amazing! Can’t wait to give it a try.

    02 . Nov . 2011
  15. Pure Complex

    I love stew but I don’t know why I’ve never tried to make Shrimp Stew before. This just sounds amazingly delicious. I can’t wait to make this

    02 . Nov . 2011
  16. Priyanka

    A very inviting dish…Looks beautiful and light

    02 . Nov . 2011
  17. antlogspot.comhony stemke

    Beautiful looking stew.

    02 . Nov . 2011
  18. Caroline

    I love that you were able to revisit the deliciousness of this meal 6 months later. I try to do the same when I can! I’ve actually never made shrimp stew, but yours looks fantastic. Beautiful colors, too. xx

    02 . Nov . 2011
  19. Shea

    That’s a great idea–I should do that the next time shrimp goes on sale. Nothing’s better than a delicious, easy to fix dinner that’s all ready to go in the freezer!

    02 . Nov . 2011
  20. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I’m with you on the fridge, that is gorgeous and I would a new fridge especially since mine has been giving me so many problems!

    02 . Nov . 2011
  21. vianney

    How wonderful to be able to freeze the leftovers and recreate a whole new meal, perfect for winter or when the new baby arrives.

    02 . Nov . 2011
  22. Denine M. Anderson-Regan

    Another great recipe. I love making soups/stews/chowders out of leftover goodies hiding in the freezer.

    03 . Nov . 2011
  23. Shawn

    This looks divine! I’ll have to sneak some off the top of my next shrimp boil.

    03 . Nov . 2011
  24. Linda

    I’ve had your shrimp boil on my to do list since you posted it and am so excited to see this recipe to create another version. I love having recipes that I can recreate the leftovers with! Fabulous combination of flavors!!

    03 . Nov . 2011
  25. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    I remember that shrimp boil! And your stew looks hearty and full of flavor. I love soups that has a roux base to it. 🙂

    03 . Nov . 2011
  26. Kiran @

    Ditto about the fridge – soon I hope 😉

    Mmmm… I love hearty and comforting seafood stew. It’s just perfect whenever I need a pick me up. Not a cuppa Joe, but with a stew 🙂

    03 . Nov . 2011
  27. Bree

    That looks great and totally reminds me of a South Carolina summer!

    03 . Nov . 2011
  28. Reem | Simply Reem

    What a luscious stew girl!!!!!
    Love those precious pink shrimps, Yummmm….

    03 . Nov . 2011
  29. Liz

    Oh,my! This stew looks fabulous!!! I’d love it and your yummy shrimp boil or BOTH!

    03 . Nov . 2011
  30. Malli

    Good soul warming stew and I could go for either one(stew or shrimp boil) they all look delicious!!

    03 . Nov . 2011
  31. Marguerite

    Your shrimp stew looks fabulous! Great recipe!

    03 . Nov . 2011
  32. Velva

    I think that some of the best soups/stews are made from what you have leftover. Your shrimp stew is absolutely stunning. I can only imagine how good it is too.


    03 . Nov . 2011
  33. Alexis @ There She Goes

    this stew looks like my ideal meal – i wish it was in front of me right now!

    04 . Nov . 2011
  34. Joanne

    You definitely made great use of those leftovers! I love how you turned a summer dish into winter heaven!

    04 . Nov . 2011
  35. Rhonda

    This looks delicious

    04 . Nov . 2011
  36. Kristy

    That’s really similar to the fridge that we have (about the only thing I like in our kitchen). It’s fabulous! The amount of space that I have vs. the old side-by-side makes a huge difference. It’s amazing how much of a difference a fridge you love can make. 🙂 Now on to your shrimp stew…what a great idea! Your pictures are gorgeous – they make me want to jump right through the screen and eat it all up. I mean those shrimps – gorgeous!!!

    05 . Nov . 2011
  37. Mary

    Wonderful looking stew – this will be a hit!
    Mary x

    05 . Nov . 2011
  38. Collette Osuna

    Holy crap!!! I started freaking out and went on a “hunt” for your blog, hahah….I went back through all of my old comments and finally googled you, lol……I added you to my blog sidebar blogroll, it wont be happening again!! 🙂
    I love shrimp…..any ole way they come…and this stew is perfect for Fall….and for keeping tummies full and warm:) Thanks for the recipe!!!

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    05 . Nov . 2011
  39. Phyllis Brown

    What a beautiful stew!

    05 . Nov . 2011
  40. Veronica's Kitchen

    Can’t believe that’s made from left-over, it just looks so delicious! My wish list is an ice-cream machine and I am looking forward to made your peach ice-cream with that!

    05 . Nov . 2011
  41. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    I don’t need a new refrigerator, but I sure do want one! Your shrimp stew looks really good. My only problem is having the leftovers in the first place! Maybe I could hide some before everybody descends upon the table. 🙂

    05 . Nov . 2011
  42. Blond duck

    If only I wasn’t allergic!

    07 . Nov . 2011
  43. Mama Lisa

    What left overs? We love shrimp at our house and nothing looking that good would last long around here. Thank you for the recipe!

    09 . Nov . 2011
  44. Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe

    I would never think about shrimp in stew, but it sure sounds good!

    13 . Nov . 2011
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