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Crawfish Etouffee

Crawfish Etouffee

  • Author: Inspired by Emeril Lagasse
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2½ cups of chicken stock
  • 4 oz tomato paste
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1½ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 34 dashes of hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 24 oz of crawfish tails, with the fat
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • Steamed white rice


  1. In a 5 quart Dutch oven or heavy sauce pan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Once butter is melted, gradually add flour while whisking until it combines evenly with the butter. Continue to whisk until roux turns a caramel color.
  2. Add onions, celery, bell pepper, garlic, bay leaves, and thyme cooking until vegetables are soft, about 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add chicken stock, tomato paste, salt, red pepper, Old Bay Seasoning, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil.
  4. Once it reaches a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add crawfish tails with fat, lemon juice, green onions, and parsley and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining butter and stir to combine well. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. Serve over steamed rice.


If you are cooking in a heavy pot, you can let it simmer much longer which I find gives it a thicker and richer flavor.