Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Don’t let he name fool you. This rich Cajun recipe is all vegan. After all, being vegan does not mean I cannot still enjoy Cajun food. I have some old Cajun recipes that I've always loved to cook and now prepare them for vegans. This recipe originally called for ½ cup of crawfish fat, which was easily substituted with ½ cup olive oil spread. I found a vegan shrimp to use in place of crawfish. I hope the next time you are hungry for some Cajun food, you'll give it a shot!
- 1 ½ Cups Vegetarian Plus Vegan Shrimp
- 1 ½ Pints cold water
- 1 Clove garlic, mashed
- 1 Tablespoon green onion
- ½ Cup vegetable oil
- 1 Pint cold water mixed with ½ cup olive oil spread melted
- ¼ Cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1 Small onion, chopped
- ¼ Teaspoon vegan sugar
- 1 Stick celery, chopped
- ¼ Teaspoon red pepper
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 Teaspoon chopped parsley, fresh
- ¾ Cup whole tomatoes, canned or fresh, chopped
- In large cast iron saucepan heat vegetable oil.
- Add flour to hot oil.
- Stir constantly until deep golden-brown.
- Remove from heat.
- In skillet add onions, garlic, and celery with 1 Tablespoon olive oil, cook until tender, 5 minutes.
- Add cooked onions, garlic, and celery to the browned flour mixture.
- Stir into the flour mixture.
- Add 1 pint water, tomatoes, sugar, salt, and pepper, cook on high heat.
- Stir continuously until sauce starts to simmer.
- Reduce heat, simmer 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
- In large saucepan add remaining water and melted olive oil spread.
- Cook on high heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil.
- Add prepared sauce to olive oil spread and water.
- Bring to boil, reduce heat.
- Let simmer 1-hour.
- Season with salt and pepper if needed.
- Cook vegetarian plus vegan shrimp, follow directions on box.
- Drain shrimp.
- Add Vegetarian Plus Vegan Shrimp, green onions and parsley to saucepan on stove.
- Bring to boil, cook 2 minutes until shrimp is hot.
- Serve in soup bowl over a scoop of cooked rice .
Serve with salad, French garlic bread, and for desert? A fresh fruit cup of strawberries, papaya, mangoes, and apples. This makes a great dinner anytime of the week. For potlucks, make the vegan Cajun crawfish bisque and put it in your crock pot. Don’t forget to cook some rice! Enjoy, and have fun trying different vegan fish substitutes with this recipe. I also like this one with vegan crab.
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