Louisiana Crawfish Étouffée


Here in Louisiana, there's nothing better than crawfish étouffée during crawfish season. This classic recipe is easy, and you can substitute shrimp when crawfish are out of season. It's even better when served with hot garlic French bread! Start cooking the rice first since this is a quick dish.

close up view of Louisiana Crawfish Étouffée with rice in a bowl, with green onions on top
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 3 cups long grain white rice

  • 7 cups water, divided

  • ¾ cup butter

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons canned tomato sauce

  • 1 pound crawfish tails

  • 6 green onions, chopped

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 ½ tablespoons Cajun seasoning, or to taste


  1. Combine rice and 6 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat.

  2. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer until rice is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. While rice cooks, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until transparent. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  4. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in tomato sauce and remaining 1 cup water. Add crawfish tails and bring to a simmer.

  5. Stir in green onions and season with salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning.

  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer until crawfish is cooked through but not tough, 5 to 10 minutes.

  7. Serve étouffée over cooked rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

636 Calories
25g Fat
83g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 636
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 635mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 83g 30%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 438mg 9%

* 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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