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Cajun Ninja Crawfish Etouffee Recipe

Cajun Ninja Crawfish Etouffee Recipe

Are you searching for a flavorful and satisfying dinner recipe? Look no further! This classic Louisiana dish combines succulent crawfish with a rich and savory sauce, resulting in a truly delightful culinary experience.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 135kcal


  • large pan
  • wooden spoon
  • Serving plate
  • Chopping board etc


  • 1 stick of butter adding richness and a creamy texture to the recipe, creating a velvety and indulgent mouthfeel.
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt enhancing the natural flavors of the ingredients and bringing balance to the overall taste profile.
  • 1 cup of warm water providing moisture and dilution to balance the flavors, ensuring a harmonious and well-incorporated dish.
  • 1 stick of celery providing a crisp and refreshing texture that adds a subtle hint of herbal notes and complements the other ingredients.
  • 1 pound of Louisiana Crawfish offering tender and succulent seafood that adds a distinctive flavor and texture to the recipe, bringing a taste of the bayou to your plate.
  • 1/2 bunch of green onions also known as scallions, offering a mild onion flavor and a touch of brightness that adds a fresh and aromatic element to the dish.
  • 2 cloves of garlic infusing the dish with a pungent and aromatic note that adds depth and complexity to the flavors.
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Cajun or creole seasoning adding a robust and flavorful blend of spices that brings a bold and zesty taste to the dish.
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper offering a fiery and spicy kick that adds heat and a subtle smokiness to the recipe.
  • 1 yellow onion providing a sweet and savory flavor that forms the aromatic base of the dish, adding depth and richness to the overall taste profile.
  • 1/6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour serving as a thickening agent to create a smooth and luscious sauce that coats the crawfish and vegetables.
  • 1/2 green bell pepper adding a fresh and mildly tangy flavor that brings a subtle hint of sweetness and a vibrant green color to the recipe.
  • 1/2 red bell pepper offering a slightly sweeter and more robust flavor compared to the green bell pepper, adding a pop of vibrant color and enhancing the overall taste profile.


  • Start by gathering all the necessary ingredients and tools. Place a large pan over medium heat and melt the butter. While the butter melts, dice the onions, bell peppers, and celery, and mince the garlic.
  • Rinse the crawfish thoroughly and set them aside. Sauté the vegetables until they become tender and fragrant, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. This process should take approximately 5-7 minutes.
  • Gradually sprinkle the all-purpose flour into the pan, stirring constantly to combine it with the sautéed vegetables. Continue stirring for another 5 minutes or until the flour turns golden brown, creating a roux.
  • Now, it's time to add the Cajun or creole seasoning, cayenne pepper, and salt to the pan. Stir well to ensure the spices are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
    Next, gently add the rinsed crawfish to the pan and give it a good stir to coat them with the flavorful roux.
  • Pour the warm water into the pan, covering the crawfish and vegetables. Stir gently to combine all the ingredients.
    Reduce the heat to low and allow the etouffee to simmer for approximately 15 minutes, or until the crawfish are cooked through, and the flavors have melded together beautifully.
  • As the etouffee simmers, chop the green onions and set them aside for garnishing. Serve the etouffee hot and enjoy this delicious Louisiana delight with rice or crusty French bread.


  • If you can't find fresh crawfish, frozen crawfish tails can be used as a substitute. Just ensure they are thawed and well-drained before adding them to the etouffee.
  • For added depth of flavor, you can include a splash of Worcestershire sauce or a squeeze of lemon juice to the etouffee during the simmering process.
  • Adjust the spiciness of the dish by increasing or decreasing the amount of cayenne pepper according to your preference.
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