Cajun Crawfish Bread

Louisiana seasons are not defined by the weather or whether leaves are on trees. They are rooted in our culture and the events that celebrate our joy of life. Football season takes the place of fall. Each new year begins with Carnival season. And of course, there’s crawfish season.

When the mudbugs start swimming around in Louisiana’s swamps and fields, people get a little excited in anticipation of the bounty their taste buds are about to receive. A new season means fresh crawfish bisques and étouffées. It means a return of crawfish dishes to a lot of local restaurants. And it means that the sound of a big burner igniting for a backyard boil will nearly bring a tear to my eye.

A good Louisiana crawfish boil will occasionally lead to leftover crawfish tails the next day. It isn’t rare for someone to buy an extra sack of the bright red crustaceans in an effort to make sure there are plenty for their guests. So when the frenzied feasters are done peeling for themselves, leftover tails often wind up in the fridge and saved for another day.

I love a good crawfish soup or a crawfish, corn, and potato omelet, but there’s also something about Cajun crawfish bread that really sings to me. A delicacy made famous by Panorama Foods at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, crawfish bread can be made by anyone and for any occasion. You really can’t go wrong in the kitchen when your ingredient list includes garlic, butter, bread, cheese, Cajun seasoning, and Louisiana crawfish tails. I could pretty much live on this stuff! —Jay D. Ducote

Cajun Crawfish Bread
Serves 4
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  1. 1 (12-ounce) loaf French bread, halved lengthwise
  2. ½ cup mayonnaise
  3. 2 tablespoons butter
  4. ¾ cup finely chopped sweet onion
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 1 pound cooked crawfish tails
  7. ¾ cup chopped green onion
  8. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  9. 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning*
  10. 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  11. ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  12. ¾ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese with peppers
  13. ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  14. Garnish: parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Place bread halves, cut side up, 
on a baking sheet. Divide mayonnaise between bread halves, spreading evenly. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add sweet onion, and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 
2 minutes. Add crawfish, green onion, and parsley, stirring to combine. Cook until crawfish is heated through, about 5 minutes. Add Cajun seasoning and cream cheese. Remove from heat, and stir until cheese is incorporated.
  4. Divide mixture between bread halves, spreading evenly to cover. Top each half with cheeses and paprika. Bake until cheese has melted, about 15 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil. Broil 6 inches from heat until cheese has browned, about 2 minutes. Top with parsley, if desired. Serve warm.
  1. *We used Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning.
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  1. melanie March 9, 2016 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    this sounds delicious, cant wait to make this…love your recipes

  2. Janel April 22, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Recipe seems easy u cant wait to make it …also i would love more recipes

  3. Brenda April 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    I made this and it was wonderful….and so easy ….I did also add spinach to mine (be sure to drain well) and it was almost too good to eat!….great, easy recipe….love Louisiana Cookin’….

  4. Wease May 1, 2016 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Can you buy crawfish tails at the grocery store? I am in Pennsylvania,,,,don’t hold it against me….lol

    • Assistant Editor May 2, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

      Yes! Many grocery stores carry frozen packages of crawfish tails. If your local grocery does not carry them, you can order some on websites like (

      • Carol L Slater February 25, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

        The laser time I was in New Orleans I sent to Circle Food Store hoping to bug somme Tongue Sauage (loaf) but they were out of it. Would you know any store that carries this product? I don’t want Blood Sauage just Tongue. Your recipies make my mouth water just looking at them, they are astounding!

  5. Quiana June 15, 2017 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    When do you add the Parmesan?

    • Editor July 10, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Both cheeses are added at the same time; thanks for asking!

  6. Jan June 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Can this be made ahead of time and frozen?

    • Editor July 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      This could be made ahead and frozen but are certainly best fresh; take the recipe up through topping with cheese, cover tightly, and freeze. Thaw before cooking!

  7. Kit Darling February 9, 2018 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    My store only sold uncooked crawfish tails… do I need to cook them before this recipe or can I just cook them longer in the pan with the onions and garlic? Just a little nervous since I have never cooked with crawfish before. Thanks!

    • Editor February 16, 2018 at 8:23 am - Reply

      You should be fine leaving the cooking times the same. We call for ‘cooked’ crawfish tails to keep our recipe style consistent (some crawfish tail packages state that the tails are ‘cooked’ and others don’t, but, like shrimp, crawfish tails cook quickly). Just make sure you use Louisiana crawfish!

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