Crawfish Pies, My Way

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 12 hand-sized pies
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3 tablespoons olive oil

3/4 cup chopped yellow onions

1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 tablespoon salt

3/4 teaspoon cayenne

1 1/2 pounds peeled crawfish tails

1/2 cup chopped green onions or scallions (green part only)

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 large egg

3/4 cup fine dried bread crumbs

1 recipe pastry, recipe follows

Creole seasoning, recipe follows

Oil, for frying


3 cups bleached all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

6 tablespoons vegetable shortening

1 large egg

3/4 cup milk

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon black pepper

2 tablespoons salt

1 tablespoon onion powder

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon dried thyme


  1. Preheat the fryer. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onions, bell pepper, salt, cayenne and cook for 2 minutes, stirring a few times. Add the crawfish tails and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the green onions, garlic, and parsley and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour the mixture into a medium-size mixing bowl and let cool for about 3 minutes. Add the egg and bread crumbs and mix well. Set aside. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out each dough piece into a thin round about 5 inches in diameter. Put about 1/4 cup of the crawfish mixture in the center of each round, fold the dough over, and crimp the edges together with a fork. Fry the pies, 2 or 3 at a time, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, sprinkle with the Creole seasoning, and serve hot.


  1. Make the pastry. Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. With a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg with the milk. Gradually add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, working it to make a thick dough. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.