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Crawfish Bread Recipe Made With Louisiana Seafood

Crawfish Bread- French bread is stuffed with lots of crawfish, garlic, and cheese and baked until toasted. A New Orleans favorite!

Crawfish Bread cut to show the cheese and crawfish filling.

Gooey, cheesy Crawfish Bread. Y’all, if you’ve never tried crawfish before this stuffed bread is the perfect introduction. This just may be the most delicious way to eat crawfish. Who can resist all that warm, cheesy, garlicky goodness sandwiched between two crusty pieces of French Bread?

How To Make Crawfish Bread

Crawfish tails are sautéed with onion, celery, red bell pepper and then mixed with mayonnaise, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese.

Smear the mixture between a sliced loaf of French bread, sandwich it, wrap in foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. And get ready to eat the most insanely delicious bread you have ever tasted. Seriously. You will think you have a big loaf of bread to share with all your friends, but in the blink of an eye, the whole thing will be gone.

Trust me. Go ahead and grab yourself a big piece because seconds can’t be guaranteed. The crawfish filling is so good, you could skip the bread and use it as a dip. Nothing reminds me of the years I lived in New Orleans more than crawfish. These little mudbugs are such a huge part of the culture in the Crescent City. Every year numerous crawfish boils bring family and friends together during crawfish season. The atmosphere is always celebratory and fun.

Filling oozing out of stuffed crawfish bread.

So whenever I eat crawfish, it makes me want to be surrounded by lots of friends, with music playing and everyone enjoying each other’s company. And this Crawfish Bread makes the perfect party food. Most of the work can be done ahead of time and the finished bread can be sliced into pieces for guests to help themselves.

Frozen Crawfish Tail Meat

Frozen crawfish tail meat comes in 16-ounce bags and is super easy to defrost in the refrigerator. The tail meat is already partially cooked and of course, the labor of peeling all those crawfish is already done.

Louisiana Crawfish are the best you will taste because they come right out of Louisiana water. Louisiana has an incredibly rich network of waterways that produce a volume and variety of superior seafood that you can’t find anywhere else. Whether it be crawfish, oysters, shrimp, crab, fish, or alligator, you can taste the difference with Louisiana Seafood. Domestic seafood in general has much better flavor than imported and you can never go wrong with Louisiana Seafood.

Filling oozing out of Crawfish Bread.

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Crawfish Bread

Crawfish Bread- French bread is stuffed with lots of crawfish, garlic, and cheese. A New Orleans favorite.
PREP: 12 minutes
COOK: 40 minutes


  • 2 cups peeled crawfish tails
  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Slice French bread in half lengthwise and scoop out the inside of the loaf. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Sauté crawfish, onions, celery, bell peppers and garlic 15 minutes. Blend in dry mustard and mayonnaise. Add cheeses and blend until melted.
  • Spread crawfish mixture inside the bread then put halves back together. Butter the top of the loaf, wrap it in foil and bake on a barbecue pit or in a 350°F oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Cut bread into slices and serve hot.


Calories: 382kcal
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: crawfish, Mardi Gras

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Recipe courtesy of Louisiana Seafood Board

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125 thoughts on “Crawfish Bread Recipe Made With Louisiana Seafood”

  1. Hi Christin, I saved your crawfish po-boy recipe and will try it soon. My wife and I like yourself like to experiment too. We find good recipes all over the USA but we seem to put in the extra southern bite we enjoy so much. We came up with a cornbread recipe thats awsome that i’ll put out in the future. Just wanted to touch base with you, we are in Gonzales the Jambalya capital of the world. Praying the best for you and yours, Jimmy

  2. Vickie Waters

    I’ve made it several times & i love it, but the bread tends to get hard. Even though i have it wrapped in foil. Any suggestions?

  3. My SIL always teased us talking about making this but it wasn’t until I vacationed down in Corpus Christi and had the honor of trying Landry’s Seafood version of crawfish bread that I was lucky enough to taste how delicious it is. I drug out my Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine by Chef Folse to look for a recipe for this masterpiece. No such luck. Now I’m here on the internet looking. I think the bread is key, as it is for any Poor boy. I can’t rate the recipe yet, but I will return once I have.

  4. This looks exactly like a sandwiches I had in Louisiana!! Cannot wait to try! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I’ve never been to many places physically but it’s cool to taste the flavors of different places. I’ve always wanted to try a taste of NOLA…Beignets, Ettoufee, Po Boys.

  6. I would love to try catfish court bullion. Can you show me how to make it please ? Grew up around it, never got to try. Thank you so much.

  7. I make it a point to have crawfish bread every year when I go to Jazzfest. If you haven’t tried it, you are currently living an unfulfilled life.

  8. Superb–I made the crawfish bread. A big hit here in Colorado they’ve never eaten anything like it. I’m from Mississippi and love introducing Cajun flair to the folks here. Thank goodness I was able to find crawfish tails in Walmart!! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Wow! I didn’t know you could find crawfish tails at Walmart! So glad everyone enjoyed it. It is insanely rich isn’t it?

    2. Holly Livingston

      I’m from Louisiana but I now live in Colorado as well. I’ve been able to find Louisiana tails at Walmart and Safeway. This dish has always been a favorite of mine and I can’t wait for my Coloradan friends to try it this weekend!

      1. Patrick Hebert

        Crawfish tails at Walmart comes from China . I don’t trust any food coming out of China..

        1. Not all crawfish at Wal-Mart come from China. Just flip the package over to the back at the bottom it will say product of China and I just throw this back and get the one from Louisiana.

      2. There are Crawfish tails in my freezer dyin to go on this bread lol, can’t wait to try it!!!!

  9. Sherry Conrad

    Crawfish fettucine is my family’s fave Louisiana dish- the food is one of the things we miss most about moving after living there for 10 years.

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