Crawfish Potato Soup Recipe

This crawfish potato soup is rich and creamy, with a spicy Cajun kick from the seasoning. It’s perfect for a cozy dinner or as a comforting meal on a cold day.

Image credit: Crawfish by Larry D. Moore, licensed under CC BY 4.0

Main ingredients

Crawfish, Potatoes, Onion, Bell pepper, Garlic, Chicken or vegetable broth, Heavy cream, Butter, All-purpose flour, Cajun seasoning, Salt and pepper, Green onions and parsley

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 35-40 minutes

Detailed Ingredients and Quantity

Crawfish 1 lb. crawfish tails, peeled
Potatoes4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
Onion1 onion, diced
Bell pepper1 green bell pepper, diced
Garlic3 cloves garlic, minced
Chicken or vegetable broth4 cups 
Heavy cream1 cup 
Butter1/4 cup 
All-purpose flour1/4 cup 
Cajun seasoning2 tbsp. 
Salt and pepperTo taste
Green onions and parsleyChopped green onions and parsley, for garnish

Steps to prepare sweet potato soup

  1. In a big pot over medium-low heat, melt the butter. When the veggies are soft and translucent, add the onions, bell pepper, and garlic.
  2. Add diced potatoes, crawfish tails, and Cajun seasoning to the pot. Stir to combine.
  3. Bring the chicken or vegetable stock to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and stew potatoes for 20 to 25 minutes, or until soft.
  4. In a separate saucepan, whisk together flour and heavy cream until smooth. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it thickens.
  5. Add the cream mixture to the soup and stir until well combined. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes until the soup thickens and reaches the desired consistency.
  6. According to taste, add salt and pepper. Parsley and finely chopped green onions should be added as a garnish before serving.

Nutrients facts

  • Calories: 425
  • Total fat: 23 g
  • Saturated fat: 14 g
  • Cholesterol: 179 mg
  • Sodium: 1145 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 35 g
  • Dietary fiber: 4 g
  • Sugars: 4 g
  • Protein: 19 g
  • Vitamin D: 2 mcg
  • Calcium: 154 mg
  • Iron: 2 mg
  • Potassium: 901 mg
  • Vitamin A: 1089 IU
  • Vitamin C: 32 mg

Serving suggestions

  1. Crusty bread: Serve the soup with a slice of crusty bread, such as French bread or a baguette, for dipping and soaking up the delicious broth.
  2. Rice: For a heartier meal, serve the soup over a bed of rice. This will help to stretch the soup and make it more filling.
  3. Salad: Pair the soup with a simple salad of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and a tangy vinaigrette. This will add a fresh contrast to the rich, creamy soup.
  4. Cornbread: Cornbread is another great option for serving with crawfish potato soup. The slightly sweet and savory flavor of cornbread complements the Cajun flavors of the soup.
  5. Garnish with herbs: Top the soup with a sprinkle of chopped parsley or green onions for a pop of color and added flavor.

Variations (similar kinds of soups with the same ingredients)

  1. Crawfish etouffee: This classic Cajun dish is made with crawfish, onions, bell peppers, and celery, cooked in a roux-based sauce and served over rice. It shares some of the same key ingredients as crawfish potato soup, such as crawfish, onions, and bell peppers.
  2. Shrimp and potato chowder: This creamy soup is similar to crawfish potato soup, but with shrimp instead of crawfish. It’s made with potatoes, onions, celery, and cream, and seasoned with herbs like thyme and bay leaves.
  3. Cajun-style red beans and rice: Red beans and rice is a classic Louisiana dish that’s hearty and filling. It’s made with red beans, smoked sausage, and seasonings like paprika, cayenne pepper, and bay leaves. It shares some of the same spices as crawfish potato soup, as well as sausage.
  4. Creamy corn and potato chowder: This soup is a vegetarian version of crawfish potato soup, made with corn, potatoes, onions, and cream. It’s seasoned with herbs like thyme and bay leaves, and can be made spicy with the addition of cayenne pepper or hot sauce.
  5. Seafood gumbo: This hearty stew is a classic Cajun dish that’s made with a roux-based sauce, seafood like shrimp and crab, and vegetables like bell peppers and onions. It shares some of the same key ingredients as crawfish potato soup, and is perfect for seafood lovers.

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