Cajun food, as the name suggests is the cuisine of the Cajun people which later gave rise to Cajun seafood. These people come from the southern end of France. They migrated from Nova Scotia and founded a colony called Acadia. During the British invasion in the 18th century, many of these people had to leave. These people then settled in Louisiana.
When these people were eventually displaced to Louisiana by the British, they had to develop a new style of cooking. The ingredients available in the region compelled them to change their traditional spices and adapt them according to the situation. This gave rise to the famous Cajun cuisine and ultimately Cajun seafood. In the Louisiana region, these people had to rely on seafood, game meat, fish, and vegetables as ingredients. They cooked them following their tradition rooted in southern France. As the living conditions of the Acadians were unfavorable, they cooked hearty meals in a single pot that was enjoyed by the whole family. This was an easy and efficient way of feeding many people at eth same time.
For Acadians, as refugees, the early iterations of the Cajun cuisine were practical. The dishes consisted of meals that could be cooked in one big pot, using ingredients that proved to be edible, including alligator. Blended with their spicy, traditional herbs that were put together by the Louisiana bayous, even the strangest of animal meats could be turned delicious.
Cajun cuisine has a variety of dishes to offer all of which will take you on a culinary adventure. These are a must-have for those who love food. If you wish to try out the best Cajun seafood in town, visit Red Crab Juicy Seafood Restaurant in Greensboro. We have expert Cajun chefs who excel at making the best Cajun seafood in town.
A World of Different Flavors
Cajun cuisine offers a world of flavors. They have not only introduced alligators to the world, rather they use a variety of local fish in their cuisine as well. These include catfish, perch, and bass. It does not stop at that. Some Cajun dishes are also made of possum meat, wild turkey, raccoon, deer, and squirrel. The wide range of meat used in Cajun dishes is what gives them their unique flavors. For vegetables, the Acadians used corn, potatoes, beans, and rice. Another interesting addition to the cuisine is the use of sugarcane and okra.
Rice plays a very important role in this cuisine. in fact, the people living in Louisiana, those who created Cajun cuisine, consume more rice than any other American. The reason behind the inclusion of rice is simple. It was an easy extension of their dishes. With just a few cups of rice in the stew, the dish would become twice as much. This helped the Acadians serve their large family with enough food. But that’s not all it made possible. Adding rice to stew dishes was ingenious! As it gave rise to delicious rice dishes that are loved by all!
The Holy Trinity
Another unique feature of Cajun cooking is the famous trifecta of onions, celery, and bell peppers. You will find this combination of vegetables in almost every Cajun dish. Aside from the holy trinity, Cajun cuisine features two prominent spices, garlic, and cayenne pepper. These serve as the perfect spicy seasoning for Cajun dishes.
Cajun cuisine is incomplete without crawfish. This is that one crustacean that is found in all almost all Cajun dishes. They are known by many names, you will find them as crayfish, crawfish, or how the southerners like to call them ‘crawdaddies’. Many people think of seafood as soon as they hear the name Cajun. Although the addition of seafood in the cuisine is fairly recent. Crawfish is one of the seafood that is used greatly in this cuisine.
While it looks very similar to a lobster, it is never used as a replacement. Both lobsters and shrimps hold their unique and distinctive flavor, so their use in making scrumptious food is separate from the use of crawfish. You will find many restaurants serving them all year round. While others have crawfish on their menu during the season. The most famous and loved crawfish Cajun dish is etouffee. Etouffee means smothered. This suggests that the crawfish meat is cooked in a Cajun roux. You can serve anything with etouffee, including, shrimp, chicken, as well as rabbit.
Crawfish is also a prominent part of many other Cajun dishes. The most loved of all is the Cajun crawfish boil. This is a widely adored Cajun seafood dish that many find to be their comfort food. Its hearty and warm, making it the perfect dinner for a cold winter night. You will find the best crawfish seafood boil at Red Crab Juicy Seafood. It’s delicious and succulent and something that you have never tasted before.
The Special Roux
At the last of this ultimate food adventure, is the special Cajun Roux. This Roux is made in the Acadian’s native Poitou region of France. It is a staple of Cajun food. This Cajun roux comes in several types, these variations are based on color. The mark of the perfect Cajun Roux is making it black without burning it.
A well-prepared Cajun meal is truly a work of art. Once you have Cajun cuisine that is cooked to perfection you will remember it with pleasure for years to come. Have a taste of this scrumptious cuisine by visiting Red Crab Juicy Seafood.