Crawfish bread is an iconic meal in New Orleans, and is heavily associated with the famous New Orleans Jazz Fest. You can’t go to the Jazz Fest without sampling this cheesy, juicy, warming seafood treat! Crawfish itself is a staple ingredient in Louisiana, and the state has many beloved crawfish-based recipes to choose from.
Below, you’ll find 19 amazing crawfish bread recipes that are sure to warm you up, and – most importantly – fill you up when served with fries or a delicious, leafy salad!
This dish pays tribute to the famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Crawfish Bread, for you to enjoy it at home. Toss crawfish tails in a cheesy, generously seasoned cream sauce before slathering on French bread and popping it in the oven.
This is one hearty appetizer inspired by an iconic Louisiana dish. Crawfish, cheese, and spices sit on crusty French bread that is baked until deliciously gooey and melted.
Crawfish bread is a certified crowd pleaser, but unfortunately it is only in season for so long. This is why when crawfish season comes to an end, you really have to celebrate those last few remaining days in style!
This delicious Louisiana Crawfish bread is just what the doctor ordered for the last remaining bag of peeled crawfish tails you have in the fridge.
Another great dish for leftover crawfish, this recipe features creamy crawfish sauce and delicious melted cheese slathered on French bread. It’s an easy meal that can be whipped up in no time and is brimming with Cajun flavors!
This recipe is also extremely versatile, with plenty of room for extra ingredients. For example, to add some heat and spice to this tasty dish, you can throw in some freshly chopped Jalapeños.
You may have heard of the saying ‘don’t mess with a good thing,’ and this recipe is the epitome of that! Of course there is nothing wrong with putting twists on classic recipes, but this easy crawfish bread recipe is all about staying true to its Jazz Fest roots and keeping things simple.
This is a very traditional recipe, so while thawed frozen crawfish tails are allowed, if they’re from anywhere other than Louisiana well that just won’t do!
This stuffed crawfish bread recipe from the Cramer family is the perfect appetizer for a Mardi Gras party as it can serve 24, and can be ready in under an hour and a half!
These delicious crawfish stuffed bread rolls are the perfect treat, bringing together the best southern flavors such as crawfish tail, Cajun seasoning, and Louisiana hot sauce. They’re sure to bring spice to any Mardi Gras celebration!
Cajun spices are the epitome of New Orleans cooking, and this NOLA-style Cajun crawfish bread is no exception. Not only is this crawfish bread cheesy and full of flavor, but it’s also under 150 calories a slice! This is perhaps unsurprising, as crawfish is a tasty lean protein, filled with B-vitamins, phosphorus, and zinc. This dish is a great healthy appetizer, or can be enjoyed with a salad for lunch.
Just because you’re gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the crawfish craze! This recipe is essentially a gluten-free flatbread but with extra crawfish goodness! It makes an excellent appetizer, and is best served hot.
This recipe for New Orleans crawfish bread takes you back to basics, with healthy ingredients whose flavors immediately transport you to New Orleans. This recipe is cheesy, creamy, and would be right at home in the Jazz Fest!
This recipe couldn’t be simpler to make, and the most time-consuming element is the cooking of the vegetables.
This crawfish bread can be made with crawfish, crab or shrimp and is sure to be a smash at any dinner party. Just stuff the crawfish and broccoli mixture into crescent rolls, and enjoy as either an appetizer or entrée.
This crawfish toast is Southern comfort food done right. It pairs crawfish meat with Cajun seasoning, cheese, garlic, and parsley and places it on top of crusty bread. What you get is one heavenly sandwich that gets better with every bite.
This recipe recommends fresh crawfish, and failing that frozen crawfish, but if you don’t have easy access to fresh crawfish, you could also use canned crawfish instead. Or, you can use crab or lobster, just make sure that it’s fresh!
This delicious sandwich can also be made with shrimp, although you do miss out on the sweet, lobster-like flavor of crawfish if you opt for shrimp.
This crawfish cornbread recipe is packed with crawfish and has a deliciously crispy crust on the outside, perfectly complimenting the moist and savory filling. It’s a hearty enough cornbread to be enjoyed on its own, or you can pair it with red beans and rice if you wish.
The amount of crawfish tails, cheese, creamed corn, onions, and peppers that is in this cornbread makes it more like a cornbread Quiché that is perfect when served with some sour cream.
Like all tasty Cajun recipes, this crawfish bread recipe begins with sautéing bell peppers, celery, and onions. Then you just have to add some Cajun seasoning, cream cheese, and grated cheese. This recipe calls for Cabot’s pepperjack cheese, which is a creamy cheese with excellent melting ability and has a nice spicy kick that makes it ideal for Cajun cooking.
This recipe – like nearly all crawfish bread recipes – calls for the Cajun trinity of flavors, and these are the classic trio of bell peppers, celery, and onions. These ingredients when combined are a powerhouse of aroma and flavor.
You will also need to make a roux for this dish, which does take some time and needs careful monitoring because it can easily burn. Make sure to stir it often, and if it does burn, get rid of the burned batch and start again.
A dinner party sounds great, but what if you’re lost on what you should serve? If you’re looking for an appetizer, then look no further than Copeland’s crawfish bread. It’s a great appetizer option that isn’t only delicious, but easy to make too.
It’s crucial to make sure that the crawfish is peeled with no fat remaining, as the fat can have a major impact on the flavor of your dish. This dish is also easier to make if your bread is already prepared, but this recipe takes you through the process of preparing frozen bread dough, if French bread isn’t available. Make sure you add plenty of cheese too, to make this crawfish bread extra gooey!
A twist on crawfish bread, these bites are still inspired by the Jazz Fest favorite and are a fun, tasty way to kick off a party.
Good things come to those who wait, and this crawfish bread recipe is no exception. It is recommended to make the filling and the bread dough a day before you serve. This is because New Orleans-style French bread isn’t as dense as traditional French bread so needs a longer resting time.
You don’t need to make this dough from scratch if you’re short on time however, you can instead buy a good New Orleans-style French bread and just scoop out the middle before filling it with crawfish mixture. You then wrap it in foil, and heat it in a 350° preheated oven.
However, the homemade dough is so worth the wait and makes for one special crawfish bread that has a delightfully inviting rustic look.
How Do You Reheat Crawfish Bread?
When reheating crawfish bread or crawfish stuffing, return it to the oven at 325-350 degrees. Once it’s heated through you can return to the oven. Cooking crawfish tails for too long can cause them to shrink and have a rubbery texture.
How Do You Store Crawfish Bread?
Once cooled, you can usually store crawfish bread in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. It can be kept frozen for up to 3 months.
What Should You Serve with Crawfish Bread?
You can enjoy crawfish bread as an appetizer, snack, or even main dish, depending on the size of your serving.
If you want to enjoy crawfish bread as a main dish you can serve it with fries, and mixed bean salad, red beans, and rice are also great side dishes. Other Southern sides such as Collard greens and cucumber salad also go great with crawfish bread.
Even if you can’t go to New Orleans for the Jazz Fest, you can bring those Cajun flavors home with these delicious and simple crawfish bread recipes!