Seafood Spotlight: Dupuy’s Seafood & Steak Restaurant, Abbeville, LA

Dupuy’s has enjoyed over 146 years of success in its original location in Abbeville, Louisiana. World-famous for the oysters on the 1/2 shell and outstanding seafood, Dupuy’s is continuing the tradition and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Dupuy’s Seafood Gumbo

¾ cup oil
¾ cup flour
1 small bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
4 cups water
Salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
1 pound headless shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 pound of claw crabmeat
¼ cup chopped parsley
½ cup chopped green onions
Cooked rice


  1. In a skillet, make a dark brown roux with oil and flour; add bell pepper, celery, and onion.
  2. Cook until onions are transparent.
  3. Gradually add water; continue to cook 1 hour.
  4. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. Add shrimp, crabmeat, parsley, and green onions: simmer 10 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice in bowl.
  7. Yields 6 to 8 servings.

Seafood Spotlight: Coterie New Orleans

Run by New Orleans locals, Coterie takes pride in serving authentic New Orleans dishes, most of which have been passed down for generations. 

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp and Grits

BBQ Shrimp Base
1-quart Abita Amber Beer
1 ½ Tbsp Black Pepper, cracked
¼ cup Rosemary (finely chopped) 
½ Tbsp Thyme
½ cup Crystal Hot Sauce 
½ cup Worcestershire Sauce
¼ cup Garlic, minced
1 each, zest Lemons 
1 cup Shrimp Stock

Grits to order (1 serving)
2 Tbs Canola Oil 
5 oz BBQ Shrimp Base 
2 Tbsp Butter 
5 Fresh Jumbo Shrimp peeled back to the tail (keep the heads and shells for stock)

1.) Add all ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil
2.) Reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes 

1.) Add oil to a large skillet on high heat.  Once oil is hot add Shrimp cook for 2 minutes and turn.
2.) Add BBQ Shrimp Base to Skillet 

3.) Reduce for 1 minute, then add butter 

4.) Swirl the sauce and butter until butter is melted 

5.) Serve over Stone Ground Grits 

Shrimp and grits are a New Orleans staple served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Coterie Restaurant.

Tips from the chef:

  • The shrimp base serves 8 and can be held in the fridge for 5 days.  Make it ahead of time and look like a pro serving this dish in minutes!
  • When cooking for a group, simply multiply the recipe for how many guests you will be serving and cook in one skillet.
  • Adding a generous amount of cream cheese to stone ground grits will give it a smooth, rich flavor.
  • For a quick shrimp stock, simmer the reserved shrimp hulls in chicken stock for an hour.

Presentation is key: 

  • In a bowl, first place the five shrimp on top the bed of grits. Then ladle the sauce over everything and finish with fresh green onions.

Seafood Spotlight: New Orleans Food & Spirits

Great served under fish or stuffed into crabs, New Orleans Food & Spirits Shrimp and Crab stuffing will sure to leave your guests wanting more.

Family Recipe
1.25 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined 

1 stick margarine 

2 onions, chopped 

2 stalks celery, chopped 

½ bell pepper, chopped 

1.5 tsp garlic, chopped  

1.5 tsp pepper 

½ cup parsley 

1.5 tsp hot sauce 

Splash crab boil 

1.5 tsp seafood base 

0.5 lb crab claw meat, picked 

2 oz Italian bread crumb 

1/2 chopped loaf of French Bread

Bulk Recipe
5 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined 

1 lb margarine 

1 bag onion, chopped 

3 celery, chopped  

2 bell pepper, chopped 

1 soufle* garlic, chopped 

1 soufle pepper 

½ cap parsley 

1 soufle hot sauce 

1 cap crab boil 

1 soufle seafood base 

2 lb crab claw meat, picked 

8 oz Italian bread crumbs 

2 chopped loaves of French Bread 


Melt butter in large pot

Sautee the onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic in butter until soft.  

Add the seafood base, seasonings, crab boil and hot sauce. Simmer for 5 min.  

While simmering, chop the shrimp into small pieces. Add to pot.  

While waiting for shrimp to cook, chop French bread into small pieces.  

When the shrimp are cooked, add crab meat and mix.  

Add bread. Stir well, ensuring all bread is incorporated properly.  

Finish with Italian breadcrumbs. These should soak up remaining moisture but adding too much will make mixture dry.


Soufle is a small cup that measures one fluid ounce.

Seafood Spotlight: Mosquito Supper Club

Lucien’s Shrimp Spaghetti from Mosquito Supper Club’s Melissa Martin

“Shrimp spaghetti is to bayou kids what spaghetti and meatballs is to kids in the rest of the United States. This was my son Lucien’s favorite meal, which he would eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s a near perfect meal—simple, sweet, perfectly balanced—and it’ll feed a big family or a crowd of friends. The recipe draws from the Creole cooking technique of smothering tomatoes long and slow. This version is made with store-bought sauce, but you can certainly make your own tomato sauce and cook it down in the same manner. Homemade tomato sauce tends to be thinner, so you might have to thicken it a bit with tomato paste to get the right consistency.”

Serves 6-8

½ cup (120 ml) canola oil 

2¼ pounds (1 kg) yellow onions, finely diced  

1½ tablespoons kosher salt 

1 garlic clove, minced 

½ cup (75 g) finely diced celery 

½ cup (70 g) finely diced green bell pepper 

5 cups (1.3 L) canned tomato sauce (from three 14.5-ounce/410 g cans; see Note) 

5 teaspoons sugar 

2½ pounds (1.2 kg) peeled and deveined small or medium shrimp (see page 33) 

½ teaspoon cracked black pepper 

Pinch of cayenne pepper 

1 tablespoon hot sauce, preferably Original Louisiana Hot Sauce 

1 pound (455 g) spaghetti, cooked as directed on the package (see Note) 

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish 

2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion, for garnish 

Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (see Note) 

Warm a wide, heavy-bottomed 15-quart (14 L) Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, then add the oil and heat for 30 seconds. Add the onions—you should hear a sizzle when they hit the oil—and season with the salt. Stir well to coat the onions with the oil, then cook, stirring often, for about 25 minutes, until the onions are soft and golden (they should not have a lot of color at this point). 

Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the celery and bell pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 45 minutes. 

Now you’re going to add the tomato sauce ½ cup (120 ml) at a time. Each time you add tomato sauce, add ½ teaspoon sugar. (Scandalous, I know.) So, let’s begin. Add ½ cup (120 ml) of the sauce and ½ teaspoon of the sugar, stir, and heat until the sauce is simmering and bubbling but not boiling, then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat this process until you’ve added all the sauce and all the sugar, then reduce the heat to its lowest setting and cook, stirring every 10 minutes, for 45 minutes more. 

Meanwhile, put the shrimp in a large bowl and season it with the black pepper, cayenne, and hot sauce. Let it marinate on the counter while the sauce simmers. 

When the sauce has simmered for 45 minutes, add the shrimp and 4 cups (1 L) hot water to the pot and stir to combine. Raise the heat to medium-high to bring the tomato sauce back up to a simmer, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened to the consistency of pizza sauce and no longer looks watery. Turn off the heat and let everything sit together for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to marry. 

Serve the sauce over the cooked spaghetti, garnished with the parsley and green onion and topped with Parmesan. 


Buy canned tomato sauce (not pasta sauce) with no added sugar or salt. This is important, because canned tomatoes are often racked with sugar and sodium. Try to buy organic, if possible. I like making this recipe with organic Muir Glen tomato sauce; my mom uses Del Monte sauce. 

If you’d like one less pot to wash, cook the spaghetti right in the sauce the way some Cajuns do: 8 to 10 minutes before the sauce is done, crack the spaghetti in half and add it to the pot along with ¼ cup (60 ml) water. The pasta’s starch helps to thicken the sauce. Cover the pot and simmer the noodles in the sauce for about 15 minutes. 

When I was growing up, there was no real cheese in the grocery aisles down the bayou—only the “Parmesan cheese” that came in a green can. We all know that what comes out of that green can isn’t true cheese, so get a nice chunk of the real stuff and smother your spaghetti with freshly grated Parmesan. 

Excerpted from Mosquito Supper Club by Melissa Martin (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2019.