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Emeril's Crawfish Pie

Emeril's Crawfish Pie

Crawfish pies aren't always easy to find in New Orleans. They appear at some festivals-principally, the Jazz and Heritage Festival that begins at the end of April. But that's just once a year, try these at home.

  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 18 servings


  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 pounds peeled crawfish tails
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 recipe Pastry for Crawfish Pies


  • Preheat the oven to 400 º F.

     Heat the butter in a 6 quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers, celery, garlic, salt, cayenne, and black pepper. Cook, stirring, for 8 minutes or until the vegetables are golden and wilted. Add the flour and cook,  stirring constantly to remove any bits of flour that get stuck to the bottom of the pan,  for 6 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for 4 minutes longer. Add the crawfish tails and parsley. Stirring occasionally, cook for about 10 minutes. Allow the crawfish to cool for at least 30 minutes.

  • Allow the dough to come to room temperature. Divide the dough in half and leave half of the dough in the refrigerator. Roll out half of the dough to 1/8-inch thickness and then cut the dough into 4 1/2-inch round circles. Transfer the circles to individual tart shells of the same size. Repeat this process with the other half of the dough and any leftover scraps of dough. You should have 18 individual tarts. Transfer the tart shells to the refrigerator to let the dough rest for at least 15 minutes and up to overnight.

  • Fill each tart shell with 1/3 cup of the crawfish filling and bake them for 35 minutes or until the edges are brown and the filling is bubbly.

    Remove the pies from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes to cool slightly.

    Serve the pies on their own or with a side salad.