Understanding Cajun Cuisine: Gumbo vs. Jambalaya vs. Etoufee

Look, we get it.

 

You weren’t Cajun born and bred, and while you love our down home Southern cookin’, it’s kind of hard to know what to order. Gumbo, jambalaya, and etoufee…they’re all really the same thing, right?

 

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we’re here to set the record straight on the differences between these delicious Cajun dishes.

 

What is the difference between gumbo, jambalaya, and etoufee?

Gumbo is more of a Cajun soup, generally started with a rich roux, and then many vegetables and different types of meat. Etoufee is a thicker dish that is less soup-like and will normally only have one type of meat. Crawfish is the most popular meat in etoufee, but you will also find shrimp etoufee. Jambalaya is similar to gumbo, but the rice is cooked into the dish vs. being cooked on the side.

 

The Best Cajun Food in Texas – Razzoo’s Cajun Café!

Sound complicated? It isn’t! Just remember they are all delicious and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Here’s what you can expect from each of these dishes at Razzoo’s Cajun Café:

 

Razzoo’s Gumbo

Get our Razzoo’s Gumbo one of two ways: chicken and Andouille sausage based or seafood based with shrimp, fish, and oyster. Both come with a rich, spicy roux, rice, okra, and other veggies. Get the big bowl if you’re hungry  - or grab a small bowl for on the side.

 

Razzoo’s Etoufee

Our Razzoo’s Etoufee starts with a rich, dark roux, and then is cooked with your choice of chicken, shrimp, or crawfish and served with dirty rice and some thick, French garlic bread.

 

Razzoo’s Jambalaya and Gator Tail

We’ll fill you in on the best way to eat our Razzoo’s jambalaya: with the gator tail of course! Gator tail is our most popular entrée at Razzoo’s and for good reason. Tender gator tail is grilled to perfection, then served over a bed of jambalaya with our BBQ “ouch” sauce on the side.

 

Bottom line: whether you want gumbo, etoufee, or jamabalaya – Razzoo’s Cajun Café is the best place to get it!

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