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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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Warm Up with Cajun Southern Comfort Food at Razzoo’s

Rumor has it a cold front is blowing in this weekend… don’t let the chill in the air get you down! Razzoo’s Cajun Café has your favorite warm, southern comfort food to take the chill off. Here are a few of our top picks:


Cajun Etoufee

Yessir – this one is one of our favorites! Our etoufee is slowly simmered with a dark roux that brings out the richness of the flavors, then served over our famous dirty rice. The hardest part is choosing whether you want to add chicken, shrimp, or crawfish to your dish!


Cajun Gumbo

We’d never make it as a Cajun restaurant if we didn’t make a killer gumbo! Ours is chock full of goodness with your choice of seafood or sausage and chicken, along with rice, okra, and other veggies that has been slow cooked longer than a tax refund check.


Cajun Fried Chicken

Our Cajun Fried Chicken is extremely popular, with crispy deep fried goodness served over a bed of fluffy mashed potatoes and drenched in Andouille sausage gravy. It is also served with veggies on the side, but who has room to “eat their greens” when the chicken is this good?! P.S. it’s a generous helping, so come hungry!


Cajun Stuff’d Fish

What’s better than fresh Gulf fish? Fresh Gulf fish stuffed with more seafood, that’s what! Each fish filet is stuffed with our shrimp and crab stuffin’, then drizzled in a creamy crawfish lemon butter sauce.


Cajun Gator Tail

Gator Tail is by far our most popular item on the menu!  Served grilled over jambalaya with BBQ “ouch” sauce, it’s so good you’ll quickly realize why it’s a fan favorite.  Never tried gator before?  Get a smaller portion, fried and served with a little cocktail sauce - once you try it you’ll be back for more!


These are just a few of our favorite Cajun comfort foods to warm you up this Fall and Winter season. Join us at a Razzoo’s Cajun Café near you for lunch, dinner, drinks, and more. There’s a reason we’re the best Cajun restaurant in Texas!

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Gumbo Essentials: The Ingredients You Need to Make the Best Gumbo

At Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we have the market cornered on amazing Cajun food. But if you ever get a wild itch to do something crazy like cook your own gumbo, here’s a rundown on the gumbo essentials you’ll need – or it ain’t gumbo!

Cajun Holy Trinity

Otherwise known as celery, bell peppers, and onions, the Cajun Holy Trinity is the base for most Cajun cuisine – and creates the delicious aroma and flavors you’ve come to love in a gumbo. Start with these, and you’re off to a great start.

Cast Iron

Before getting started, be sure to invest in a good cast iron Dutch oven. Those little babies are perfect at heating up well and holding consistent temps, letting your gumbo simmer to perfection under just the right temperature.


Depending on the recipe, you’ll make your roux a little differently, but it’s basically just a combination of flour and fat that is cooked until it’s a beautiful dark brown color. This not only adds flavor to your dish, but it thickens it as well.

The Meats

This is really just a free-for-all. What do you have on hand? What do you like? Throw it in! Traditional gumbo calls for seafood, chicken, and Andouille sausage, but really anything goes!

Cajun Seasoning

No gumbo is complete without the quintessential Cajun seasonings. You can choose to buy your favorite name brand bottle of pre-mixed Cajun seasoning or just whip up your own combo using spices such as oregano, basil, thyme, cayenne pepper, celery, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

If you try your hand at homemade gumbo and it doesn’t work out, just remember where to find the best gumbo in Texas: Razzoo’s Cajun Café! Our doors are open 7 days a week; come see us for lunch, dinner, happy hour, or a late night snack!

It's all in the roux! Check out this video for tips on how to make Razzoo's Kitchen Sink Gumbo at home!