Arnulfo Tellez  – Executive Chef of Shaw’s Crab House

Shaw’s Crab House

21 E. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60611


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Shaw’s Crab House’s fish specials during lent season available daily at lunch through April 7.  Shaw’s will be offering a 3-course lunch menu for $35 per person plus tax (gratuity not included). 

Celebrate the end of lent season on Easter Sunday, April 9 at Shaw’s Chicago. Shaw’s has reservations available from 10:30AM to 7:00PM and is offering their full a la carte menu of fresh seafood, oysters on the half shell and prime steaks.


Blackened Mahi Mahi Recipe:
Serving Size: 4


• 28 oz. Mahi Mahi
• 1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt
• 4 Tbsp. Cajun Spice
• 12 ea. Crawfish, pre-cooked frozen, thaw before cooking (about 6 oz. weighted)
• 4 cups Étouffée Sauce (recipe to follow)
• 2 cups Cooked Jasmine Rice
• 2 ea. Green onions, thinly sliced

• 1 tsp Cooking Oil
• ¾ cup Onions, small diced
• ½ cup Green Bell Peppers, small diced
• ¼ cup Celery, small diced
• ¾ tsp Cayenne Pepper
• ¾ tsp Ground White Pepper
• ¾ tsp Ground Black Pepper
• 1 ½ tsp Granulated Garlic
• 1 tsp Onion Powder
• 1 Tbsp Paprika
• 3 Tbsp Water
• 2 Tbsp Butter
• 6 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
• 3 cups Lobster Stock (if not available lobster stock can be substituted with seafood stock from the store)


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large sauté pan on medium heat, add in oil.
3. While the oil is heating up, season the mahi mahi with salt and Cajun spice.
4. Put the mahi mahi into the sauté pan and cook 3 minutes on each side
5. Place the sauté pan in the oven for 7 minutes.
6. After 7 minutes, bring the sauté pan out of the oven. Add the 4 cups of étouffée sauce in the same pan and the crawfish.
7. While the crawfish heat up, place a scoop of jasmine rice on one side of each bowl.
8. Once the crawfish are heated up, you can pour the sauce in front of the rice and place the mahi mahi and fish over the sauce. Garnish with green scallions.

1. Using a large saucepan, add in oil over medium heat.
2. Once oil is hot, add in the vegetables and cook until translucent.
3. Add in the water to the sauce pot. Mix with the vegetables.
4. Once the base and vegetables are well incorporated, add in spices and flour. Mix well and add the lobster/seafood stock.
5. While stirring, bring to a medium boil and then lower the heat and keep stirring with a whisk until it thickens. This step should take about 25 minutes.
6. Cool down and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.