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Quick Crawfish Étouffée

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 21 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings
You can purchase frozen, cooked, peeled crawfish tails in the freezer section of your grocery store. Duane prefers Louisiana crawfish tails rather than Chinese ones. To mail order, visit www.cajuncrawfish.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon salt-free Cajun seasoning
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 pound frozen cooked peeled crawfish tails, thawed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

How to Make It

  1. Prepare rice according to package directions.

  2. Melt butter in a large cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring constantly, 8 minutes.

  3. Stir together soup and chicken broth. Add to vegetable mixture. Stir in Cajun seasoning and ground red pepper.

  4. Cook over medium-low heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in crawfish, green onions, and parsley; cook 3 minutes or until hot. Serve over rice.

  5. Note: To freeze, divide étouffée evenly into 3 (1-quart) zip-top plastic freezer bags. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from freezer bag, and warm in a saucepan, stirring until thoroughly heated. Each bag contains about two servings.