Vegan Mushroom Étouffée

Vegan Mushroom Étouffée

This clever vegan re-creation of a Southern Louisiana étouffée comes from Jenné Claiborne, who included it in her 2018 cookbook "Sweet Potato Soul." Succulent oyster mushrooms stand in for the shrimp or crawfish used in a traditional étouffée. The seaweed called dulse brings a smoky, savory note and a mix of Creole and Old Bay seasoning provides the familiar flavors. Ms. Claiborne suggests spooning this over brown rice instead of the traditional white.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat the oil over medium heat until it ripples, then sprinkle in the flour. (Test the oil by dropping a pinch of flour into the pot. If it sizzles, it is hot enough). Stirring constantly, cook flour and oil together until the mixture toasts and turns golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Step 2

    Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery and salt and stir. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, stock, bay leaf, dulse, Creole seasoning, and Old Bay. Stir well and bring the pot to a simmer. Add mushrooms and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 20 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and Old Bay.
  3. Step 3

    Serve étouffée spooned over rice, garnished with lemon and parsley.