How to Make a Roux: A Dark, Rich Creole or Cajun Roux Recipe Mama Would Be Proud Of by Kara Bachman

How to Make a Roux: A Dark, Rich Creole or Cajun Roux Recipe Mama Would Be Proud Of

The base of so much Cajun or New Orleans Creole cuisine is a nice, dark roux. This base not only thickens a dish, but also adds a rich, complex flavor that makes all the difference. Use a roux as a base for gumbo, stewed chicken dishes or even a beef stew.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 to 20 minutes depending on color desired
Total Time: 15 to 25 minutes

Ingredients

Here's how to make it:

  1. Use 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour and mix in enough vegetable oil to give it the consistency of cake batter. 
  2. Heat the mix on very low heat, stirring CONSTANTLY. Be patient. After a few minutes, it will begin to brown. 
  3. Keep stirring and quickly remove your pot from the flame as soon as your roux seems to be the color of milk chocolate or gives off the scent that it might be close to burning.

Note: Add a bit of water, your gumbo ingredients and you're good to go. It might take a few tries to get it right, but it's a skill worth learning.

Photo: A roux when it's a light golden brown.

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Donna John
Now you've got to share your gumbo recipe, Kara Bachman! Welcome to the tribe!
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
Thanks for the delish tip, Kara Bachman! So excited to learn from you, chica!
Kara Bachman
Thanks to you both--As soon as I have time will post the full gumbo recipe!

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