étouf·​fée ˌā-tü-ˈfā How to pronounce étouffée (audio)
variants or less commonly etouffee
: a Cajun stew of shellfish or chicken served over rice

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The culinary focus will give travelers ample opportunities to sample cuisine like shrimp and grits, gumbo and etouffee. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 2 May 2023 For a side, Mahony’s tops fries with crawfish etouffee and cheddar. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, 25 Nov. 2020 For that day and for every other day, there’s a network of restaurants in San Antonio that channel the New Orleans spirit into gumbo and beignets, into po’boys and etouffee, into a food culture that arose from oppression and necessity to become a cornerstone of the American food experience. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Feb. 2023 There will also be classic New Orleans dishes, such as crawfish etouffee, shrimp and grits, red beans and rice, and beignets. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 8 Nov. 2022 Theresa Borel’s latest culinary venture transports diners to New Orleans via crawfish etouffee, seafood gumbo and alligator po-boys. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Mar. 2022 Drink specials and the Erie Street Kitchen menu will be available, including gumbo, jambalaya, po’boys, etouffee, king cake and more. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 23 Feb. 2022 Her etouffee is a twist on traditional recipes, with shrimp paste, lime and lemon grass brightening the Cajun and Creole dish. Beth D'addono, NOLA.com, 25 Jan. 2021 Bon Temps is an omelet filled with crawfish etouffee and served with toast or a biscuit. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, 12 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History


Louisiana French, from French à l'étouffée braised

First Known Use

circa 1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of étouffée was circa 1933

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“étouffée.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A9touff%C3%A9e. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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