Viet-Cajun Crawfish Recipe | Houston, TX

Lemongrass and garlic meet Old Bay and crawfish in this seafood feast. Thanks to Houston’s migrant populations from Vietnam and Louisiana we have this tasty Viet-Cajun crawfish boil, that’s just begging you to spread out the paper towels, invite some friends over, and dig in.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • 2 1/2 Gallons Water
  • 1 cup Old Bay or Zatarain’s Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil seasoning
  • 2  lemongrass stalks ends removed
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 heads garlic halved
  • 1/2 cup  kosher salt divided
  • 1 1/2 lb red potatoes quartered
  • 4 lbs live crawfish cleaned
  • 3 ears sweet corn halved

Butter Sauce

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 2 tbs lemongrass minced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • In an extra-large pot, combine water, Old Bay seasoning, lemongrass, lemon juice, garlic and ¼ cup salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender about 10 to 15 minutes. Add remaining ¼ cup salt. Increase to high and bring to a rolling boil. Add crawfish and corn. Cook until crawfish are bright red, about 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce: Melt butter in a medium saucepan and add lemongrass and garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant. Stir in lemon juice and cayenne powder.
  • Drain crawfish, potatoes and corn and transfer to large serving bowl. Toss with butter sauce and serve warm.


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One Response to “Viet-Cajun Crawfish Recipe | Houston, TX”

Gene Miller

June 20th, 2022

Old Bay is like cussing in church. In Cajun country it just isnt acceptable as a seasoning. Zatarains yes, Tony Chachere’s yes, Old Bay no. The reason you don’t see Old Bay used in Cajun cooking is the celery content in Old Bay creates an over powering and distasteful dish. The reason is most all of our Cajun dishes contain the Trinity of onion, bell pepper and celery. We don’t rely on the seasoning to provide the taste of celery in out dishes we prefer fresh and the powdered celery in Old Bay throws the taste of the dishes off.


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