Crawfish Étouffée

Patrick Mould, Louisiana Culinary Enterprises, Lafayette, Louisiana / June 2013

For 4 servings

Cajun seasoning:

  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup cayenne
  • 2 Tbsps. paprika
  • 2 Tbsps. granulated garlic
  • 2 Tbsps. granulated onion
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper, freshly ground

Mix all ingredients in a bowl; place in airtight container; cover; reserve.

Assembly:

  • 8 Tbsps. unsalted butter
  • 2 cups onions, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. thyme, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shrimp or chicken stock
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1 lb. crawfish tails
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsps. flat-leaf parsley, minced
  • cooked white rice (for serving)
  1. Heat butter in a saucepan set over medium heat; add onions and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to turn translucent; stir in thyme and flour; cook 1 minute (be careful not to brown flour); add stock, 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning, paprika, and hot sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes; stir in crawfish tails; bring to a boil; reduce heat; cover; simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes; stir in green onions and parsley; remove from heat; reserve (keep warm).

  2. To serve, divide rice among shallow bowls; top with étouffée.

What to drink: Sweet ice tea or Abita beer
Chef’s Note: This recipe also works with shrimp: bring 1 cup water seasoned with 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning to a boil in large saucepan; add 1 lb. peeled medium shrimp; cook 5 minutes; strain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid to use as stock.
Food Arts Note: Live crawfish can be ordered at cajungrocer.com.