Cajun Shrimp & Corn Maque Choux

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Oh my gosh you guys, what a beautiful day this has turned out to be! We were supposed to have terrible thunderstorms all day long but, around 11:00 this morning, the clouds parted and the sun came out. Wheee! 8)

To honor the weather, I went for a 2.5 mile walk/stroll during lunch that was just as perfect as could be. I even gave a lost man some directions. I used to be horrible at directions, so it’s now a secret thrill of mine to be able to help lost people in need. :D Are you directionally challenged?

Dinner tonight is equally as thrilling and I’ve been thinking about it for oh, a week or so, ever since we got back from New OrleansCajun Shrimp & Corn Maque Choux!!!

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You may remember the epic Barbeque Salmon & Corn Maque Choux lunch that Ben and I had at Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant, NOLA, in the French Quarter. The salmon was sent from Heaven, but that maque choux… I haven’t been able to get it out of my head!

As soon as we got home I googled it and, what do you know, a recipe for Emeril’s Kicked Up Maque Choux was the first search result listed. Score! His recipe was super easy, and I followed it with these modifications:

  • Used frozen corn instead of fresh
  • Added 1 Tablespoon sugar at the end to compensate for not having fresh corn
  • Used 1/2 cup onion & 2 sliced green onions instead of 1 cup of onions
  • Left out the jalapeno
  • Used 1/4 teaspoon salt instead of 1 teaspoon
  • Used half & half instead of whipped cream

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Instead of sautéing for 10 minutes, as Emeril instructs, I popped a lid on the skillet and let it steam for the same amount of time so the vegetables would get nice and soft. Mmmmm!!!! Sweet and so full of flavor – I LOVE THIS STUFF!

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Ok, now let’s talk about these shrimp. :)

Recently, zee fabulous Stephanie Manley of CopyKat Recipes gave me a chance to review her newly published cookbook: Dining Out at Home Cookbook: Recipes for the Most Delicious Dishes from America’s Most Popular Restaurants!

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This cookbook contains recipes, developed by Stephanie, that truly taste like ones you’ll find at the most popular restaurants across the country. Red Lobster’s Cheddar Biscuits? Check. Olive Garden’s Cappellini Primavera? Yep! Cheesecake Factory’s Chicken Madeira? You bet!

While skimming the endless (and totally delish) possibilities in the cookbook, my eyes stopped when I spied her recipe for Red Lobster’s Cajun Shrimp. What better dish to pair with my Creole-style maque choux than Cajun shrimp?!

First I melted some butter to which I added some thawed, frozen shrimp.

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I sprinkled a smoky, spicy Cajun spice-blend on top,

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and mixed. Popped into a hot oven for 15 minutes…

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And it was feasting time!!!

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Look at those babies! Golden brown from spices like cayenne pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Gorgeous!

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I popped the shrimp onto a bed of the luscious corn maque choux and we chowed. Ben could NOT stop raving. He was eating at a turtle’s pace because he couldn’t believe how unbelievable the shrimp were! I 100% concur, and am happy to report that the maque choux was everything I thought it would be too. Sweet, melty and jam packed with flavor. Unreal!

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Oh, we may or may not have spread some leftover Cajun-spiced shrimp butter on some rolls, then popped them under the broiler until golden brown. May or may not.

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Guys – the recipe for this dish alone is a great reason for picking up Stephanie’s Dining Out at Home cookbook. The only modification I would make would be to cut back on the salt a little bit. It’s pretty spicy and the salt seemed to intensify the heat. I was sweatin’!

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The rest of the recipes in her book are super easy to follow, call for really accessible ingredients, and look like they’re just plain fun to make. Can’t wait to try some more!!!

Ok, I’m off to Jillianize myself. I was going to run but, sadly, the thunderstorms that stayed away all day look like they’re moving in now. :( Tomorrow FOR SURE. Help hold me accountable.

OH! What was wrong with the picture this morning? The watering can is STILL out on the back porch…see it?! Probably not as exciting as you may have hoped, but I bet it preoccupied you for a minute! Right? ;)

LOST is on tonight! They say this last season is the one for answers, but I’m as confused as ever. Oh dear.

Goodnight!

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What’s your favorite seafood?

I’m dying for some salmon nigiri sushi right now…

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Comments

  1. Jenny 04.06.2010

    I “Jillian-ized” myself the other morning pre-work … OMG was I feeling it!! I love the idea of that book, I’m totally going to look into it… to be able to make Red Lobster’s biscuits at home sounds dangerous!;) In only the best of ways!

  2. heather 04.06.2010

    i’m allergic to fish(weird, huh?)so i don’t have a favorite seafood…i’ve wanted to try lobster for most of my life, though. and LOST is also driving me completely insane, i’m waiting patiently to see boone-anywhere, anything-but so far he was just in the season opener a bit.

  3. I want to come over and eat some of that! WOW it looks wonderful! I’ll have to try that soon :)

  4. Sarah Jayne 04.06.2010

    Beautiful dinner lady!! I love using vacation meals as inspiration at home- most of the time I nail it even BETTER than the original, and then I can escape back to the vacay any given night of the week :)

  5. That looks AMAZING! Salmon is my fav too…..raw or smoked please :-)

  6. Carrie 04.06.2010

    Scallops! Buttery, delicious jumbo scallops. Oh, I adore them. I had the grilled shrimp and scallops at Django this weekend and it was just divine.

    I tend to go for raw salmon over cooked. Cooked sometimes just tastes too fishy for me. That’s probably crazy to say, but it’s true!

  7. I love tuna sushi!

  8. Kaitlin 04.06.2010

    I used to strictly be a shrimp girl, but nowadays there is nothing better than perfectly cooked salmon. Your dinner looks insanely delicious though!

  9. Samantha 04.06.2010

    That looks delicious! I’ll be trying it out for sure! My favorite seafood is shrimp and scallops! Yummy…

  10. emily 04.06.2010

    Salmon is my favorite too. I’m actually not a huge shrimp fan in general, but that dinner looks droolworthy.

  11. Jeez, Louise!
    I looove shrimp, and this recipe looked pretty amazing :)
    Definetely something I´d want to copy!
    :D
    Have a great week, girl!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,
    Gabriela

  12. This looks delicious…seriously trying not to drool on my computer!! :) My favorite seafood is shrimp, crab, or scallops. I really don’t like much other seafood than that!

  13. That recipe is something to be proud of, girl! I love shrimp, so I’ll have to try it. My favorite seafood…anything with a good chewy texture like shrimp or octopus is good! But I’d never turn down salmon or any kind, and I love eel!

  14. favorite seafood = [wild] salmon – oh yum!

  15. Oh wow, that dinner sounds amazing!!!! I will for SURE be making that sometime! YUM!
    Haha I’m TERRIBLE at giving directions! It’s pathetic. I am so bad at knowing road names.. I just know where things are and what landmarks they are around.
    My favorite seafood is salmon! Or calamari.

  16. Midgetkeeper 04.06.2010

    That looks amazing! I need to get Mr. M on the program with sea food. He refuses to eat it and we can get it fresh!

  17. Julia 04.06.2010

    I love shrimp. Shrimp cocktail, natch! Yum.

    Ohhh, running outside. I keep trying to do it now that it’s pretty, but i’m scared. i know it’s stupid, but i can’t help it.

    jillian always kicks my butt! which vid is it? i like the burn fat, raise metabolism one. killah.

    oh, and I just started a blog (a sadly less than awesome one, but im working on it), and I linked to you on my blogroll. is that okay with you? I’ll remove it if it’s not.

    recipe looks amazing! :)

  18. Oooh..that meal sounds so nice, bar the sweetcorn! Tis my least favourite vegetable…
    Favourite seafood has got to be salmon or trout…or sardines…or scallops..I just LOVE seafood!! Squid is a bit skank though :s

  19. shannon 04.07.2010

    Oh wow, this dish looks amazing!!!!

    My favorite seafood would be a spicy tuna roll with asparagus, or a spicy tuna roll with avocado and tempura flakes. But really, I LOVE any seafood, especially some plain old boiled local New Orleans shrimp, the big ones that look like mini lobsters… YUM!

    I am completely lost from LOST right now, but I can’t stop.

  20. AP 04.07.2010

    I love seafood but I’ve been rockin’ this cold all week so my taste is all messed up.
    When it’s back to normal I’d love some orange roughy or red snapper. It’s been FOREVER since I’ve had either of those! Maybe some ceviche?

  21. andie 04.07.2010

    that looks very tasty! I should also mention that next time you’re in town- try out New Orleans BBQ Shrimp at Pascal’s Manale- OMG so tasty! :)

    I should also share my recipe for my mom’s Corn Soup… it’s a take off of Macque Choux… in a soup form. OMG so tasty!

  22. Daisy 04.07.2010

    I am just as confused as to why your watering can STILL being on the back porch is something wrong with your picture, as you are about Lost. seriously! explain. (I saw it in your pic but couldnt even tell it was a watering can.)

  23. [...] Remember when I made Cajun Shrimp with Maque Choux?! Well this is a lot of like that, except it’s even more like the unforgettable dish I had at Emeril’s restaurant, NOLA, down in New Orleans!   http://iowagirleats.com/2010/04/06/youll-want-to-copy-this-recipe/ [...]

  24. [...] a side dish I made a spin on this recipe, which I first saw on Mrs. IGE’s site and knew I would [...]

  25. Tanya 02.23.2012

    I stumbled across this recipe on http://www.tastespotting.com and made it tonight for dinner. It was AMAZING! I usually hate bell peppers so I was leery of adding them in, but the corn was delicious – spicy with that wonderful creaminess from the cream. Thanks for the tips on steaming and using frozen corn, it worked well for me. Great recipe!

  26. ed glucksman 01.08.2014

    this shrimp dish looks great….NO PRINT BUTTON!!!!
    plese advice thank you ed-

  27. Annabelle 05.15.2014

    Did you use raw or cooked frozen shrimp? Can’t wait to give it a try. Love Shrimp.

    • Kristin 05.15.2014

      I used frozen raw shrimp!

      • Annabelle 05.16.2014

        Thank you for the fast answer. I will be making this next week. Great post….keep them coming.

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