Cajun Crawfish Etouffee


Our easy Cajun Crawfish Etouffee is a classic yet flavorful meal that will have all of your dinner guests asking for seconds. The deliciously sauteed vegetables pair perfectly with the flavors from the fresh crawfish or shrimp.

Cajun Crawfish Étouffée
Photo: Scott Little
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen peeled crawfish tails or shrimp

  • 2 large onions, chopped (1-1/2 cups)

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • ½ cup chopped green sweet pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup cooking oil, margarine, or butter

  • 2 tablespoon crawfish fat*, margarine, or butter

  • 4 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup tomato sauce

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon ground red pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • Hot cooked rice


  1. Thaw crawfish or shrimp, if frozen.

  2. In a heavy, 3-quart saucepan cook onions, celery, green sweet pepper, and garlic, covered, in oil, margarine, or butter about 10 minutes or until tender. Add crawfish fat, margarine, or butter, stirring until melted. Stir in cornstarch.

  3. Stir in crawfish or shrimp, water, tomato sauce, salt, red pepper, and black pepper. Bring mixture to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until crawfish are tender or shrimp turn opaque. Serve with hot cooked rice. Makes 4 servings.


The orange fat found in the heads of crawfish adds extra richness and flavor to dishes. Since its difficult to find crawfish fat outside of southern Louisiana, margarine or butter is a good substitute for the crawfish fat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

400 Calories
20g Fat
41g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 400
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 625mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Protein 14g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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