Original Crawfish or Shrimp Monica

Donna Graffagnino


Unlike Crawfish Etoufee, this rich creamy dish is so simple, with only a handful of ingredients, yet very flavorful. Some recipes get too complicated and the original Crawfish Monica recipe just didn't have all that stuff in it. Try this for yourself and see what I mean. Use ONLY Louisiana Crawfish - Not Chinese. If those aren't available then substitute the crawfish with small shrimp 60-70 count.

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10 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


1 lb
pasta (fettuccine, linguine, rotini, penne, or bowties
1 lb
crawfish tails and fat (louisiana - don't use chinese)
1 stick
butter (don't use margarine)
1 pt
half and half
1 large
bunch green onions and tops, sliced
1-2 Tbsp
garlic, minced
creole seasoning and salt to taste


1Cook pasta in salt water according to the directions on the package. Drain, then rinse under cool water. Drain again, thoroughly.
2Melt the butter in a large pot and saute onions and garlic for 3 minutes.
3*If using shrimp, add the raw shrimp to the onions and garlic at this time.
4Add the crawfish or shrimp and half-and-half, saute until bubbly.
5Add Creole seasoning - 1 big pinch then taste. Add more as needed but tasting before adding the next pinch until you think it's right. If you've boiled your own shrimp or crawfish add the crawfish fat to the pot as well.
6Cook for 5 - 10 minutes over medium heat until the sauce thickens.
7Add the pasta to the pot and toss well. Let it sit for about 10 minutes over very low heat, stirring often.
8Serve immediately, with lots of French bread and a nice white wine.

Buon Appetito!
9*COOKS NOTE: Most of the time I use half Heavy Cream and half - Half and Half, or in other words 1 1/3 cups heavy cream and 2/3 cups milk. I generally buy Heavy Cream because it can be cut with milk to make Half and Half. The sauce seems to thicken better than straight Half and Half but using all Heavy Cream is too thick.
10*Tip: The sauce is excellent over Redfish on da Half Shell - I call it Redfish Monica.
11*Options: If you don't have crawfish, use bay scallops, shrimp, lump crabmeat (add last and fold in gently).

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Dietary Needs: Soy Free