Spicy Crawfish Etouffee: A Cajun Delight with a Chili Twist

Experience the heart of Cajun cooking with our spicy twist on Crawfish Etouffee. This post not only offers a detailed recipe but also delves into the cultural background of this beloved dish. Learn how to perfectly blend spices, including a variety of chilis, to create a rich, flavorful etouffee that brings a touch of Louisiana to your dining table.


Crawfish Etouffee is a classic dish from the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun country. Traditionally, it’s a simple, yet flavorful stew made with crawfish and a roux-based sauce. Our version adds a spicy twist with a variety of chili spices, bringing new depth and warmth to this beloved dish.

The Cultural Background of Crawfish Etouffee

Etouffee, meaning “smothered” in French, is a testament to the rich culinary traditions of the Cajun people, who are known for their unique and flavorful cooking style. This dish, typically served over rice, is a staple in Louisiana cuisine and is celebrated for its hearty and comforting nature.

Recipe: Spicy Crawfish Etouffee


  • 1 pound crawfish tails, peeled
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chopped green onions and parsley for garnish
  • Cooked rice, for serving


  1. Make the Roux: In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir continuously until the roux becomes a rich brown color.
  2. Cook the Vegetables: Add onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic to the roux. Cook until vegetables are soft.
  3. Add Liquids and Spices: Pour in chicken broth and tomato sauce. Stir in Cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and black pepper. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Add Crawfish: Stir in the crawfish tails and cook for about 5-10 minutes, until the crawfish is heated through.
  5. Serve: Serve the etouffee over cooked rice, garnished with green onions and parsley.

Elevate Your Etouffee with Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce

To add an extra layer of flavor and heat to your Crawfish Etouffee, consider using Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce. This artisanal hot sauce, crafted from peppers grown in community gardens across America, not only brings a perfect balance of heat to your dish but also supports a great cause. Each bottle purchased helps support the gardens and the gardeners who grow these flavorful peppers. By choosing Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce, you’re adding both flavor and heart to your Cajun cooking experience.


This Spicy Crawfish Etouffee recipe is a perfect way to enjoy a classic Cajun dish with a twist. The addition of chili spices brings a gentle heat that complements the rich flavors of the etouffee. Whether you’re a seasoned fan of Louisiana cuisine or new to Cajun cooking, this dish is sure to delight your palate.