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 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 That same stock forms the base of Biller’s etouffee. Dominic Armato, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2020 Chef Point serves American fare with a variety of dishes, from Jamaican seafood etouffee to chicken marsala. Dallas News, 30 June 2020 Hank’s offers authentic Cajun cuisine including include gumbo, etouffee, red beans and rice and fresh seafood. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, 8 June 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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Cite this Entry

“étouffée.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A9touff%C3%A9e. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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