Crawfish Etouffee


2 lbs crawfish tails
1/4 lb butter
1 cup minced onion
1/2 cup minced bell pepper
1/2 cup minced celery
2 tablespoons crawfish fat (optional)
2 cups cold water
1/4 cup instant roux mix ( or 2 tbs cornstartch)
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped parsley
creole seasoning, blend to taste
1 pinch salt
1 pinch dried thyme
1 pinch dried rosemary
1 pinch dried oregano
1 bay leaf


Season the crawfish tails with salt, plus a little black and cayenne pepper. Heat the butter in a saute pan and saute the onion, bell pepper and celery until the translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the crawfish fat (or extra butter if you don’t have any), plus 1-1/2 cups water. Add the Creole seasoning, thyme, oregano, bay leaf and crawfish tails. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Dissolve the Tony Chachere’s Creole Instant Roux Mix (or cornstartch) in the remaining 1/2 cup water and stir into the mixture until the consitency is to your liking. Add the green onions and parsley, and cook an additional 5 minutes. Serve over hot, dirty rice.

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