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Crawfish Etouffee


Bring home the great flavors of the Bayou with this family favorite Cajun classic, Crawfish Etouffee! Serve with hot, cooked long grain white rice and crusty French bread.

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  • 2 (12 ounce) packages frozen crawfish tails, thawed*
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter (I used salted)
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 2 - 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chicken broth (with enough water to measure 2 cups)
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons Hunt's tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tony Chachere's Original Creole seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly cracked
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper, ground
  • Dash cayenne pepper, optional
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes (or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives (or 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion tops)



Step 1


*Thaw the crawfish in a large pot or other container of cold tap water, rinsing and changing it about 3 times as the crawfish thaw out. When you can separate the crawfish, rinse them again and fill the container again with cold water. Add about 1/2 teaspoon liquid crab boil to the water and give it a little stir. Set aside.

Meanwhile, get all your ingredients out and prep the veggies. Set aside.

Melt butter in a heavy, medium-large pot or skillet over medium heat; add the onion, bell pepper, and celery and saute until onion is translucent, 4 - 5 minutes, stirring frequently. (While the veggies are sauteing, pour crawfish into a colander to drain.) Add the garlic to the sauteing mixture and cook about 1 minute more.

Add the crawfish tails to the mixture and sprinkle with the creole seasoning and garlic salt; cook and stir until the mixture is hot again, then sprinkle the flour over the top, stirring and cooking for 3-4 minutes more to incorporate the flour. (At this point, the flour should be sticky and clinging to the crawfish and veggies.) Add the chicken broth-water mixture, tomato sauce, and remaining seasonings. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low/medium-low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, adding more water, if needed, for desired gravy consistency.

Serve with hot, cooked long grain white rice and crusty French bread.


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