Cajun Crawfish and Shrimp Étouffée


An authentic Louisiana recipe with a rich and spicy fresh tomato-based roux with fresh garlic, bell peppers, celery and onions mixed with crawfish and shrimp. A little time consuming but well worth it! Serve over steamed rice with hushpuppies and/or crackers on the side.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
6 servings


  • cup vegetable oil

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 2 medium fresh tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce

  • teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons seafood seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup fish stock

  • 1 pound crawfish tails

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Gradually stir in flour, and stir constantly until the mixture turns 'peanut butter' brown or darker, at least 15 or 20 minutes. I use a large fork with the flat side to the bottom of the pan in a side to side motion. This is your base sauce or 'roux'. It is very important to stir this constantly. If by chance the roux burns, discard and start over.

  2. Once the roux is browned, add the onions, garlic, celery and bell pepper to the skillet, and saute for about 5 minutes to soften. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and fish stock, and season with the seafood seasoning. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Season the sauce with hot pepper sauce and cayenne pepper (if using), and add the crawfish and shrimp. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque.

    Crawfish and shrimp stew over rice in a turquoise bowl
    Cajun Crawfish and Shrimp Étouffée . Allrecipes

Editor's Note:

Please note the magazine version of this recipe includes the addition of rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

264 Calories
14g Fat
9g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 264
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 196mg 65%
Sodium 956mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 22mg 112%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 483mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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