Mom's Shrimp Jambalaya

“She got this recipe while we lived in Louisiana, during my early childhood. It was love at first bite. The only thing that changed over time was how much cayenne pepper I used on it. If you just lightly spice it during cooking, then everyone can add their own cayenne pepper at the table.”
READY IN:
2hrs 15mins
SERVES:
5
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cook rice separately.
  2. Chop shrimp and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in heavy pot. Add onion, celery, green pepper and garlic. Cook uncovered over medium heat until onions are wilted.
  4. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, for about 15 minutes.
  5. Add 1.5 cups water. Season to taste with salt, black and cayenne pepper. Add sugar and cook uncovered over medium heat for about 50 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until oil floats to the top.
  6. Add shrimp; continue cooking and stirring another 20 minutes.
  7. Dissolve cornstarch in 1/2 cup water and add to pan; cook another 5 minutes.
  8. Mix it with previously-cooked rice. Add green onion tops. Mix well.

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