Crawfish Étouffée – Crawfish Etouffee Recipe

Crawfish Étouffée

Étouffées are hearty Cajun dishes that begin life with a roux, and the "holy trinity" of onions, bell pepper, and celery. Traditionally, this Crawfish Étouffée recipe is served over rice. From the French language, the word literally means "smothered". Drawing from its definition, there is no reason to limit this dish to rice. Try it over grilled pork, chicken, or fish. Many versions of étouffée can be found that call for tomatoes. While there is nothing wrong with using tomatoes, they are more characteristic of Creole dishes (such as Shrimp Creole), rather than true Cajun étouffée. Creole, Cajun, "to-may-toe", "to-mah-toe", this dish will make y'all happy either way.


  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp dry sherry
  • 4 cups crawfish stock (any seafood stock or a vegetable stock with a seafood "base" can be substituted)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 4 dashes of your favorite hot sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 lbs Louisiana crawfish tails
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • steamed white rice


Crawfish Étouffée Directions:

In a large pot or saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Whisk in flour, stirring constantly until medium or golden brown roux is achieved. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic to the roux. Sauté these vegetables until soft and translucent, 5-7 minutes. Add sherry to vegetables while scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add stock, bay leaves, and thyme, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, hot sauce, and Worcestershire and stir well. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add crawfish tails, lemon juice, green onions and parsley, then stir, cover, simmer 5 more minutes. Adjust salt, black pepper and hot sauce to taste. Serve Crawfish Étouffée in a soup bowl over steamed white rice.

6 Responses

  1. Rebecca
    Crawfish Etouffee is the bomb
  2. […] on our list of popular crawfish recipes is Crawfish Étouffée. Our Crawfish Etouffee is an easy etouffee recipe, that is both simple and filled with […]
  3. […] recipes to choose from, what should you make with leftover crawfish? There’s crawfish pie, crawfish étouffée, and many more. But Crawfish Stuffed Bell Peppers are a must try […]
  4. Valerie Smith
    I have to make this for my husband. He is from New Orleans and loves Crawfish Etouffee
  5. sativa
    Merci beaucoup pour ce concours, mon fils rêve de cette tablette!
  6. […] crawfish. A Louisiana favorite, particularly at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, is Crawfish Bread. Crawfish Étouffée is also a great recipe to make on Fridays during Lent. Or you can also try Crawfish Stuffed Twice […]
  7. Elisha
    My favorite meal when I visit New Orleans.
  8. Samantha Worthington
    Add some shrimp to this, and it tastes great.
  9. becky
    can you make and freeze adding crawfish later?

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