- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 green bell pepper, finely diced
- 2 celery stalks, finely diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 pound (450g) crawfish tails, peeled
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup seafood or chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (adjust to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Cooked white rice, for serving
- Green onions, chopped (for garnish)
In a large skillet or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the diced onion, green bell pepper, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables become tender and fragrant.
Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute, allowing the flavors to meld together.
Add the crawfish tails to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, until they turn pink and are heated through.
Sprinkle the flour over the crawfish and vegetables, stirring well to coat everything evenly. Cook for a few minutes to cook out the raw flour taste.
Gradually pour in the seafood or chicken broth, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Allow the mixture to come to a gentle simmer.
Season the mixture with Cajun seasoning, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Adjust the seasoning to suit your taste preferences.
Reduce the heat to low and let the Crawfish Étouffée simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken slightly.
Stir in the chopped parsley, reserving a small amount for garnish.
Serve the Crawfish Étouffée over a bed of fluffy cooked white rice. Garnish with chopped green onions and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.
Prepare to be captivated by the rich flavors and irresistible aroma of this authentic Crawfish Étouffée. Let each bite transport you to the heart of Cajun Country, where culinary traditions come alive in a symphony of taste. Embrace the warmth and zest of Cajun cuisine with this soul-satisfying dish that honors the spirit of Louisiana's vibrant food culture. Enjoy!