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Crawfish Etouffee Recipe

Crawfish Etouffee Recipe

This is a fun and interesting dish to serve when entertaining. For some, it's an introduction to crawfish and Cajun food. Our favorite seafood restaurant features this dish on their menu and it's fabulous! —Tamra Duncan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 50 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 pounds frozen cooked crawfish tail meat, thawed
  • Hot cooked rice


  • 1. In a large heavy skillet, melt butter; stir in flour. Cook and stir over low heat for about 20 minutes until mixture is a caramel-colored paste. Add the celery, pepper and onions; stir until coated. Add the broth, water, parsley, tomato paste, bay leaf, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil.
  • 2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf. Add crawfish and heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe Note

TEST KITCHEN TIP Sometimes Tamra serves this with cooked penne pasta instead of rice. You can mix it all together or just serve it over the pasta. Also, you can add a bit more tomato paste for a deeper color and more cayenne pepper to raise the heat level.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 250 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 187mg cholesterol, 579mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein.

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eminsol User ID: 4077674 267878
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2017

"I am making this tonight. I cooked my roux 5 minutes longer to make it darker. I'm using crawfish, shrimp, sausage and mussels. So far the sauce is outstanding so I can't imagine the rest not being great. Serving with corn on the cob. Almost a etouffe gumbo boil."

2124arizona User ID: 845443 265728
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"Recipes like this make me homesick for Louisiana food! It brings back great memories!"

daverox User ID: 8365955 226074
Reviewed May. 8, 2015

"I made it with shrimp and went x2 with the tomato paste and the cayenne pepper. It outstanding i can not stop eating it. this gos in to my top 10."

lgrant1915 User ID: 4114993 137992
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"easy, quick and delicious!"

firstofsixinHouston User ID: 7216750 135556
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"Try with shrimp! Add more liquids to make a sauce that can seep into the rice. I add a small hot pepper and red pepper flakes. Put parsley sprig on top before serving. It is a festive dish."

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