Originating from Louisiana, crawfish pie is a hearty dish with plenty of New Orleans flavor. Pie can be a daunting task for some, but this recipe will let you make the filling for the pie while the dough itself is chilling in the fridge, making it simple to assemble at the end.
The recipe has 3 basic steps: make the dough, make the filling, then combine them both to make a pie. While your pie dough is chilling in the fridge, you can work on making the filling. Once the dough is ready, you’ll fill it with a delicious crawfish and vegetable mixture and bake it.
Meat pies are a delicious dinner that can be kept in the fridge or freezer and easily reheated by popping it in the oven for a few minutes. With so much jam packed into it, it is really a full meal encased into one pie. Read on to learn how to make crawfish pie, what you will need to make it, and more.
How To Make Crawfish Pie
When making crawfish pie, the crust and filling will be made separately and then combined at the end of the recipe. First, you will make the pie dough and let it chill in the fridge for an hour. While the dough is chilling, you can make the filling.
Once the dough has been chilled, you will use half of it to fill the pie pan. It needs to bake for 15 minutes first with pie weights in it before adding the filling. The other half of the dough will be used as the lid for the pie. Once the pie has been fully cooked, it needs to cool for 10 minutes before it can be served.
Serving and Storing Crawfish Pie
Crawfish pie is a main dish, but it can be served with other side dishes. Since it is heavier in meats and carbohydrates, a vegetable side dish or a salad pairs well with crawfish pie.
The filling for crawfish pie can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. The fully assembled pie can be stored in the fridge or freezer, if it is kept in wax paper and freezer safe plastic wrap. It will store for up to 1 month.
To reheat the pie, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and then reheat it in an oven set at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 5 to 10 minutes. You can also reheat it in the microwave, but the pie tends to get soggy if reheated in this way.
This recipe has 2 separate lists of ingredients: 1 for the crust and 1 for the filling. Here’s a quick list of the ingredients you will need for the crust:
- All purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- Kosher salt
- Unsalted butter: This will need to be cold and diced.
- Buttermilk: This will also need to be cold before being used in the recipe.
Here is the ingredient list for the filling:
- Unsalted butter
- Onion: This will need to be diced.
- Green bell pepper
- Celery: This will need to be finely diced.
- Garlic: This will need to be minced.
- Whole milk
- Crawfish: These will need to be thawed before use. However, do not drain the juices in the package, as they will be used in the recipe.
- Flat leaf parsley: This will need to be chopped.
- Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
- Old Bay seasoning
- Egg: The egg whites will be mixed with water to make an egg wash for the pie.
- Black pepper, kosher salt, and red pepper flakes
Tips and Tricks
You can always use frozen peeled crawfish tails if you need to. You can also try this recipe with peeled and deveined shrimp. Additionally, you can use Tony Cachere’s seasoning instead of Old Bay seasoning if you prefer.
You can make the filling for crawfish pie in advance and store it in the fridge before using it. All you need to do is pour it into the pie crust and bake it as normal.
This recipe calls for a par bottom crust, but you can always skip the steps for that. It just may result in a softer crust bottom of the pie when it is done baking.
Can I use frozen crawfish for this recipe?
You can absolutely use frozen crawfish tails for this recipe. You can find peeled crawfish tails in the frozen sections of most stores. Crawfish tails can come from Louisiana or China and you can decide which one you want to choose.
Can I use other meats in this recipe?
You can use other shellfish, such as peeled shrimp, with this recipe. However, for other meats such as chicken, it would be better to use a pie recipe geared towards chicken instead.
Now that you know all of the steps to take, making a crawfish pie can become a fun way to expand your cooking and baking skills while making something truly delicious and satisfying. Try making it with shrimp instead or mess around with a new blend of spices to make a pie that really suits you.