Savour the Delight: Crawfish Cakes Recipe

Welcome, food enthusiasts! Today, I am thrilled to share with you a recipe that will surely tantalize your taste buds – the Crawfish Cakes with Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe. If you are a fan of seafood and enjoy the rich flavors of crab cakes, then you’ll absolutely love the zesty alternative that crawfish meat can offer!

In this recipe, we will use high-quality crawfish tail meat as our main ingredient along with diced bell peppers, onions, and celery to add some texture and crunch. To make our dish extra flavorful, we’ll also incorporate spices such as Worcestershire sauce, dry white wine, and Tabasco sauce. But what seals the deal for this delectable dish is the velvety smooth lemon butter sauce which ties everything together.

The best part about this Crawfish Cakes with Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe is that it is not only a perfect appetizer but can also serve as a main course for any dinner party or special occasion. Trust me; it’s a crowd-pleaser that will leave everyone asking for the recipe! So put on your aprons and get ready to impress your friends and family with these mini crawfish cakes drizzled with lemon garlic butter.

Stay tuned for more recipe sections that will guide you through the steps of making this culinary masterpiece!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Crawfish Cakes With Lemon Butter Sauce
Crawfish Cakes With Lemon Butter Sauce

Are you tired of the same old seafood recipes? Look no further! These Crawfish Cakes with Lemon Butter Sauce are sure to add some zest to your dinner routine.

Firstly, the flavors in this dish are downright divine. The combination of crawfish tail meat, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and celery provides the perfect amount of crunch to balance the creaminess of the romano cheese and heavy cream. And that’s not even including the zesty kick from the Tabasco sauce and Worcestershire sauce!

But what truly takes this recipe over the top is the lemon butter sauce. Made with dry white wine, lemon juice, and unsalted butter, it brings everything together in a luxurious burst of flavor.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also incredibly versatile. You can serve these crawfish cakes as an appetizer or as the main entree for a fancy dinner party. They even make great mini crawfish cakes for a fun twist on classic crab cakes.

So why not mix things up and try something new? Once you take a bite of these Crawfish Cakes with Lemon Butter Sauce, you’ll wonder why you ever settled for plain old fish or crab cakes.

Ingredient List

 Get ready to indulge in this delicious seafood recipe that will have your taste buds dancing!
Get ready to indulge in this delicious seafood recipe that will have your taste buds dancing!

Let’s take a look at the ingredients list for these delicious Crawfish Cakes with Lemon Butter Sauce recipe. Make sure to grab everything you’ll need before getting started!

For the Crawfish Cakes:

  • 1 pound crawfish tail meat
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Lemon Butter Sauce:

  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and at room temperature
  • Salt and pepper to taste

These ingredients will make you fall in love with Cajun seafood cakes. The combination of spices and flavors is what makes this recipe an irresistible zesty alternative to the ever-popular crab cake.

The Recipe How-To

 If you're a fan of crab cakes, you'll love these crawfish cakes even more!
If you’re a fan of crab cakes, you’ll love these crawfish cakes even more!

Preparing the Crawfish Meat

To prepare the crawfish meat, start by rinsing it in cold water and draining well. Finely chop the green and red bell pepper, celery, and onion. Sauté the chopped vegetables in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat until tender.

Next, add the crawfish tail meat to the skillet with the sautéed vegetables and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of flour to the skillet and stir until coated.

Slowly pour in 1 cup of dry white wine while stirring constantly. Add 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and 1 tablespoon of *Tabasco sauce to the mixture. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.

Mixing Ingredients and Forming Cakes

In a separate bowl, mix together 1 cup of bread crumbs, finely grated romano cheese, one peeled and finely chopped clove of garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Once combined, add this mixture to the crawfish and vegetable mixture in the skillet.

Stir everything together gently until just combined. Be careful not to overwork the mixture as it can become tough.

Form the mixture into patties around 3 inches in diameter. If you find it difficult to shape them, you can chill them for about an hour as this will help them firm up.

Frying The Crawfish Cakes

To cook the cakes, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of your skillet properly.

When your oil is heated through (check by placing a small piece of bread into your hot oil – it should be golden brown), carefully place your patties in your skillet. Fry on one side until golden brown, then flip them over using a spatula.

Allow both sides to cook evenly so that they get crispy all around (this usually takes around 3 minutes each side). Remove from heat when done.

Making The Lemon Butter Sauce

For this recipe’s delicious lemon butter sauce, melt one stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter in a small pot on medium-high heat until foamy. Add in one finely diced shallot, diced red bell pepper that has been seeded, two minced cloves of garlic, two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice from one lemon or according to taste, salt to taste plus freshly ground black pepper.

Cook these ingredients for around five minutes on medium-high heat until soft but not too brown as you want the flavors to meld together without caramelizing too much. Finally, pour over your cooked crawfish cakes before serving them up hot with your choice of garnish or your favorite dipping sauce!

Substitutions and Variations

 Add some Cajun flair to your next dinner with these mouthwatering crawfish cakes.
Add some Cajun flair to your next dinner with these mouthwatering crawfish cakes.

One of the joys of cooking is the ability to put your own spin on any given recipe. And, fortunately, crawfish cakes are no exception. Here are some suggestions for substitutions and variations to give you some ideas:

– Swap crawfish tail meat for crab meat or shrimp – this will give you a slightly different flavor but still delicious crusty cakes.

– Experiment with different types of hot sauce to add a zesty kick to your lemon butter sauce. Try Louisiana hot sauce, sriracha or chili garlic sauce for a new twist.

– Add diced jalapenos or serrano peppers to the celery, onions, and bell peppers mixture for an extra punch of heat.

– For a creamier texture in your sauce, add heavy cream to the lemon butter sauce recipe.

– If you don’t like bell peppers, try using diced carrots or corn instead. This will not only add flavor but also provide some visual appeal since these ingredients can be more colorful than bell peppers.

– Use olive oil instead of butter for those who prefer a healthier alternative.

Remember that substitutions and variations can make or break a recipe – so don’t stray too far from the original formula until you feel confident in your modifications. Once you have become an expert, the possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 These crawfish cakes are perfect for any seafood lover looking to try something new.
These crawfish cakes are perfect for any seafood lover looking to try something new.

Isn’t it great to know that your crawfish cakes are ready to be served? These little cakes pack a big punch of flavors, and they go well with many sides and drinks.

When it comes to serving creole-style dishes like this one, I recommend staying true to the cuisine’s roots. In other words, don’t be afraid to spice things up! A side of jambalaya or dirty rice would make a perfect “mild” accompaniment to these crawfish cakes. Alternatively, if you want something a little less heavy or zesty, French fries or potato wedges would do the job too.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could take some inspiration from an ever-popular dish- crab cakes. You can offer various dipping sauces such as lemon aioli or lemon garlic butter sauce on the side.

As for drinks, I suggest having a cold beer or a glass of dry white wine like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc to pair with your zesty crawfish cakes. The beer’s effervescence is perfect for light but flavorful dishes like crawfish cakes. You can also pair your cakes with a crisp white wine not only to quench a thirst after spicy food but to enhance the zestiness even more.

Whether you’re preparing these crawfish cakes as an appetizer or part of a meal, their unique flavor profile makes them stand out on any plate. With the right pairing and presentation, these mini crawfish crab cakes will make your guests ask for another serving!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Don't be intimidated by the thought of making seafood cakes - these are easier than you think!
Don’t be intimidated by the thought of making seafood cakes – these are easier than you think!

One of the best things about these Crawfish Cakes with Lemon Butter Sauce is that they can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. If you have a busy schedule or want to get all the prep done in advance, this is a great option for you.

To make the patties in advance, simply form the cakes, dredge them in breadcrumbs, and cook them until just golden brown. After cooking, let them cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.

When ready to serve, reheat the crawfish cakes on a baking sheet in an oven preheated to 375°F. This will ensure that they crisp up properly and don’t lose any of their flavor when reheating. They should only take about 10-15 minutes to heat through, but be sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t overcook.

Another great way to store these cakes is by freezing them. Simply place the cooked patties in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put them in the freezer for about an hour until frozen solid. Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or resealable plastic bag and put them back in the freezer. They should last up to three months this way.

To reheat frozen crawfish cakes, preheat your oven again to 375°F and place the frozen cakes on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they are heated through and crispy on the outside.

When serving leftovers or making these cakes ahead of time, you’ll want to make sure that you also have some extra Lemon Butter Sauce on hand. You can quickly reheat this sauce by warming it gently over low heat while stirring occasionally. The butter may separate when reheating, so whisking it back together vigorously will ensure that it returns to its original consistency.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect blend of spices and ingredients is what makes these crawfish cakes truly memorable.
The perfect blend of spices and ingredients is what makes these crawfish cakes truly memorable.

Want to make the perfect crawfish cakes with lemon butter sauce every time? Here are some tips and tricks.

Firstly, make sure your crawfish tail meat is drained properly. Any excess liquid could turn your cakes into a soggy mess. To ensure that your meat is well-drained, gently squeeze it in a paper towel or use a fine mesh strainer.

When mixing the ingredients for your crawfish cakes, don’t overwork the mixture. Overworking can cause the cakes to become dense and tough, ruining their texture. Instead, mix the ingredients gently and just enough to combine them evenly.

For the sauce, be careful not to let it break by keeping the heat on medium-low. Make sure to constantly whisk while adding the butter to emulsify and create a silky smooth texture. Another tip is to add a pinch of salt and pepper towards the end for extra flavor.

When forming your cakes, it’s important to make them consistently sized so they cook evenly. You can use a cookie cutter or mold to shape your cakes for more precise sizing.

To avoid burning or sticking, preheat your skillet or griddle on medium-high heat before cooking the cakes. Additionally, use enough oil or butter to create a crispy exterior but not so much that your crawfish cakes become greasy.

Lastly, serve hot with the delicious lemon butter sauce on top! Enjoy these crawfish cakes as a main dish or as an appetizer at any occasion.


As with any recipe, you may have some questions or concerns. In this section, I address the frequently asked questions so you can confidently make these delicious crawfish cakes with lemon butter sauce. Take note of these helpful tips that will help you in troubleshooting any problems that may arise during preparation and cooking.

What is lemon butter sauce made of?

One delectable sauce that is widely used in various protein dishes is lemon butter sauce. This savory sauce is a combination of minced garlic or garlic paste, fresh lemon juice, white wine, butter, salt and pepper, and heavy cream. It’s a simple yet richly flavorful white wine cream sauce that complements well with different types of protein. But, is this sauce keto-friendly? Let’s find out on March 4, 2023.

How do you keep lemon butter sauce from breaking?

When it comes to preventing the breakdown of a sauce, temperature control is key. It’s essential to ensure that the cooking temperature is not too high. Typically, cooking the sauce at a gentle simmer will suffice. This way, you’ll have greater mastery over the pace of cooking, allowing you to achieve the ideal consistency.

Why did my lemon butter sauce separate?

Making a smooth and creamy butter sauce is a delicious addition to any dish. To achieve this, you need to slowly stir in cold butter, one tablespoon at a time, into a liquid base while keeping the heat low. However, it is essential to take care not to overheat the sauce, as it will cause the butter to separate from the liquid, resulting in a clumpy rather than a creamy sauce.

What is crab cake sauce made of?

Want to take your crab cakes to the next level? Then you’ll definitely want to give this tasty topping a try! To create this flavorful sauce, start with a base of creamy mayonnaise, tangy mustard, and zesty lemon juice. But don’t stop there – to really pack a punch, add in some Worcestershire sauce, spicy hot sauce, and the essential ingredient, creole seasoning. For added depth of flavor, be sure to incorporate some minced garlic, fresh chives, sweet sugar, paprika, and a touch of cayenne pepper. Trust me, one taste of this sauce and you’ll never settle for plain old crab cakes again.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these crawfish cakes with lemon butter sauce are a must-try for all seafood lovers out there. Not only are they easy to make, but their unique combination of flavors guarantees a satisfying and memorable meal. With the right ingredients and techniques, you can create a zesty alternative to the ever-popular crab cake.

Whether you’re preparing them for a special occasion or just a cozy dinner at home, these cakes are sure to impress anyone who takes a bite. So what are you waiting for? Try this recipe out and discover your new favorite seafood dish.

Remember to follow the tips and recommendations mentioned in this article to ensure perfect results every time. Use high-quality ingredients and don’t be afraid to experiment with substitutions and variations. And above all, enjoy the process of making and sharing this recipe with your loved ones.

As famous chef Dick Brennan once said, “Food always tastes better when it’s shared with family and friends.” So go ahead and make these delicious crawfish cakes with lemon butter sauce the star of your next gathering. We guarantee that they’ll be a hit!

Crawfish Cakes With Lemon Butter Sauce

Crawfish Cakes With Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe

An appetizing first course from the flavor center of the universe, Louisiana. Courtesy of Chef Dick Brennan, Jr. of the Palace Cafe, featured in The Louisiana New Garde television series. If you do not have access to crawfish meat, please feel free to substitute shrimp or lobster.
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Cuisine: Cajun/Creole
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Crawfish, Creole, Egg-free, Free Of..., From Scratch, Onions, Peppers, Savory, Vegetable
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 1080.6kcal


Crawfish Cakes

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups onions, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce (or other Louisiana style hot sauce)
  • 1 lb crawfish tail meat
  • 2 ounces romano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons flour, for dusting

Lemon Butter Sauce

  • 2 lemons, juice of
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 cup butter, cut into tablespoons


  • To make the crawfish cakes: Melt the butter in a large skillet and saute the vegetables until tender, about five minutes.
  • Add the Worcestershire, hot sauce and crawfish; cook about three minutes or until the crawfish are heated through.
  • Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients; mix thoroughly, transfer to a cookie sheet and chill in refrigerator at least 45 minutes or overnight.
  • Form into 8 round cakes of about 1/2 cup each.
  • Dust with flour.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet and cook cakes until golden on each side.
  • For the Sauce: Combine the lemon juice and wine in a saucepan; cook over medium heat until reduced by half.
  • Lower heat and whisk in butter a tablespoon at a time.
  • To serve, ladle a little sauce on warmed salad plates; place two cakes on each.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 492g | Calories: 1080.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.1g | Protein: 28.6g | Fat: 89.4g | Saturated Fat: 48.6g | Cholesterol: 319.1mg | Sodium: 1137.8mg | Fiber: 5.4g | Sugar: 9.5g

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