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Easy Crawfish Balls

Spicy and deliciously seasoned fried crawfish rounds that are the perfect appetizers. Serve alone or with a dipping sauce.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 12 balls


  • 1 lb frozen crawfish tails thawed
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/3 cup finely diced bell pepper
  • 2 stalks diced celery
  • 1 TBS crushed garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cups Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1 TBS liquid crab and shrimp boil
  • 2 TBS Cajun or creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • Oil for frying


  1. After thawing, drain the fat off of the crawfish; reserve the fat.
  2. Roughly chop the crawfish; set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a pan.
  4. Add in the onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic.
  5. Sauté for 2-3 minutes
  6. Add in the crawfish fat, liquid crab boil, 1 TBS Cajun/creole seasoning, and onion powder.
  7. Stir and simmer for 3 minutes.
  8. Add in the crawfish tails and stir until crawfish are warm; about 2 minutes. Do not overcook.
  9. Turn off the heat and remove the pan from the stove.
  10. Stir in 1 cup of the breadcrumbs and all of the green onions into the mixture.
  11. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  12. Create a breading station by whisking the egg and milk in a bowl.
  13. Next, pour the flour in one shallow dish and mix 1 TBS of Cajun seasoning into the flour.
  14. Add the remaining 1 cup of breadcrumbs into another shallow dish.
  15. When the crawfish mixture has cooled, form it into 1 inch balls.
  16. Heat oil to 350°F for frying.
  17. Dredge each ball into the flour, then the egg wash, and finally into the breadcrumbs.
  18. Fry the balls for 3 mins or until golden brown.
  19. Drain on a wired rack.
  20. Enjoy!