Gulf Coast Seafood Stew

by admin on June 15, 2010


Serve a stew that really lets the light flavor of the shrimp, oysters, and crab shine. Fresh garlic, tomatoes, okra, celery, and green onion add bright color and a tasty crunch to the dish. Add a crusty roll on the side for dipping.

3 tablespoons grapeseed or olive oil
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sliced green onion
3 cups coarsely chopped celery
1 pound fresh or frozen okra, cut into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
2 1/2 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped tomatoes
5 cups chicken, fish, or vegetable stock, heated
1 3/4 pounds medium-size shrimp, peeled
1 (16-ounce) container fresh oysters
8 ounces fresh crabmeat, drained and picked
1-2 tablespoons chopped garlic
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a large stainless-steel or enamel-coated pot over medium heat. Stir in toasted flour, blending well. Stir in green onions. (The flour will stick to the vegetables.) Continue cooking, stirring constantly, for 1 minute or until onions wilt. Add the celery, okra, tomatoes, and heated stock, stirring until well blended. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes.

Stir in shrimp, oysters, and crabmeat. Cook 3 minutes or until shrimp turns pink and oysters begin to curl. Stir in the garlic. Let stand 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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