Eat, Sauce, seafood
Leave a Comment

Viet-Cajun Butter Sauce for Seafood

Like all good recipes, I accidentally created this addicting crack sauce (per my foodie family) when I was experimenting with new toppings to take steamed seafood up a notch. In the summer, our family likes to have a variety of crustacean and shellfish. Viet-Cajun style butter sauce has been popular for seafood boil starting in the southern region of the US for a few years now. This sauce is not for the faint of heart…literally, as it comprises of melted butter and a lot of different seasoning. This sauce will make you the star at your next seafood feast.

This sauce serves up to 8. You can always freeze the leftovers.

Ingredients:

1 large orange

1 large lemon

4 sticks of salted butter

1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon of fish sauce

1/4 cup + 1/2 tablespoon of sugar

6 tablespoons of minced garlic

1/2 tablespoon of cajun boil seasoning like Zatarain’s

1 tablespoon of lemon pepper powder

1 tablespoon of paprika

1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon of onion powder

4 Thai Kaffir lime leaves (fresh or dried)

img_7101

Directions:

In a small pot, melt 4 sticks of butter on medium-low heat. Be vigilant to not burn the butter.

While the butter melts, add all the seasoning below:

  • 1/2 tablespoon of cajun boil seasoning like Zatarain
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder

Cut the lemon and orange into thick slices, squeeze the juice directly into the sauce and add the slices to the pot.

Add 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon of fish sauce and 1/4 cup and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.

Add 4 Thai Kaffir lime leaves and  simmer the butter on low for another 5 minutes until all the ingredients are fully incorporated and the butter has carmelized (turn light golden).

img_7240

Pour over the steamed seafood or serve as a sauce on the side.

For more recipes, visit our EAT page or Recipe Index.

Author:  Chau Hoang

Photo: Kevin Nguyen (https://www.kevwin.com/)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s