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Crock Pot Crawfish Chowder Recipe

Nothing beats a good bowl of chowder in the fall, and Crock-Pot Crawfish Chowder is perfect. A good crawfish boil is always amazing but to make comfort food out with one of New Orleans’s famous foods, we however get fresh crawfish here in the PNW as well!

Crawfish tailmeat cooking in butter garlic for crawfish chowder

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Now cleaning a whole crawfish isn’t necessary, this recipe only uses the meat from the crawfish tails if you want, so no need to deal with crawfish heads. One thing I love about chowders is there isn’t a wrong way to make them, this can easily be made in a large pot or a dutch oven. Personally, I find the lower and slower you can cook the more flavor there is in the chowder.

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Crock Pot Crawfish corn Chowder Ingredients:

After the first time you make this you may find something to tweak about the recipe. We have added crumbled bacon a couple of times and it was amazing! This recipe can also be halved.

Crawfish Tail Meat Now if you can’t get fresh crawfish you can use store-bought crawfish. I picked mine up at Tacoma Boys locally. (Or you can pick up Louisiana crawfish tail meat on Amazon -> here or sometimes Walmart carries this as well.)

Butter- Unsalted butter works great in this recipe since salt is added, but salted butter will work as well.

Cream of Mushroom Soup– You could change this to the cream of chicken or 2 more cans of Cream of Potato soup if mushrooms are not a favorite.

Cream of Potato Soup– Truthfully any cream of soup will work in this recipe, I used cream of the potato because I like the small potatoes it adds to the chowder.

Cream Cheese Softened– I do cut mine up into small chunks to help melt faster and smoothly in the chowder.

Half-and-Half cream– If you don’t have half-and-half you can use 1/2 pint of heavy whipping cream or heavy cream with 1/2 pint of milk to make the mixture.

Minced Garlic– Not much is needed. This flavors the crawfish as it sautes.

Whole Kernel Corn– Drain your cans of corn, you could use fresh corn if it was shucked off the corn.

Cayenne Pepper You can just sprinkle some, if you want more of a kick you can increase how much you put in.

Old Bays Seasoning– You could swap out the Old Bay for a different creole seasoning or cajun seasoning, I prefer how Old Bay flavors seafood.

Chili Powder You can add more of this if you want more of a kick to the chowder.

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How To Make Crock Pot Crawfish Chowder:

In a large skillet or large saucepan melt the butter with the minced garlic on medium-high heat. Cut the butter into chunks of tablespoons butter so it melts faster in the pan.

Crawfish Tailmeat In fry pan with butter and garlic

After your butter has melted, saute the crawfish in the skillet with the butter and garlic.

Allow the crawfish to saute for about 20 minutes not quit to a slow boil.

We used an 8-quart crockpot to make this in, would you believe the old lady has 6 crockpots??  Having extra crockpots comes in hand for a Superbowl party or for tailgating get-togethers!

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Crawfish Tailmeat In fry pan with butter and garlic

Spray your crockpot with a nonstick spray, or use a crockpot liner bag for easy clean up.

Start to drop in all your ingredients and turn the crockpot on low or medium heat.

Ingredients for crawfish chowder in black crockpot

While you saute the crawfish, combine everything in your crockpot.

Afterwards, add the butter crawfish combination after it has cooked. 

Crawfish Chowder Cooking in a Black crockpot

Stir and cook on low for about 4-6 hours and enjoy, reduce the cooking if medium heat!

Crawfish chowder cooked on a spoon with crawfish and corn

What To Serve With Crawfish Soup:

Bread: Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart BreadGarlic Parmesan Bisucti Pull Part BreadEnglish Muffin Garlic Cheese BreadEasy Cheesy Monkey Bread

Smoked Appetizers: Smoked Cream CheeseEasy Smoked Queso DipEasy Smoked Refried Bean Dip

Smoked Side Dishes: Smoked Baked PotatoesSmoked Green Bean Casserole, Smoked Sweet Potato CasseroleSmoked Baked PotatoesSmoked Loaded Cheesy PotatoesSmoked Deviled EggsSmoked Loaded Baked BeansCreamy Smoked Macaroni And CheeseSmoked Loaded Cheesy Potatoes

Grilled Side Dishes: Cheesy Grilled AsparagusCheese Stuffed MushroomsGrilled Loaded Twice Baked PotatoesGrilled Corn On The Cob, Grilled Zucchini, Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

How To Store Crawfish Chowder

Store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat either in a pan on the stove or in the fridge. You can freeze this for up to 90 days after making it.

Storing leftovers properly requires the right tools! My preferred storage method is if the leftovers can be sealed in a food saver. If not, then an air-tight container or Ziploc bag for the fridge is the way I go. The air-tight container and a freezer Ziploc bag are the next best bet for freezing the leftovers. I also use a food scale to measure portions into serving sizes.

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Soups and Stews To Check out

Whether you use a Dutch oven or a slower cooker to make soups! Using leftover smoked meat adds fantastic flavor to your soup or chowder! Checkout my collection of Dutch Oven Recipes -> here!

Crawfish tailmeat cooking in butter garlic for crawfish chowder

Crock Pot Crawfish Chowder

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This Crockpot Crawfish Chowder is so easy to make up! It can be intimidating to know how to cook Crawfish, but this recipe is easy to make, and full of amazing flavors that will be the hit of the get-together! The aroma alone will pull everyone to the table as well!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 20 Servings
Calories 91 kcal


  • In a large skillet melt the butter with the minced garlic
  • Once your butter has melted saute the crawfish in the skillet with the butter and garlic
  • Allow the crawfish to saute for about 20 minutes
  • We used an 8-quart crock pot to make this Crock Pot Crawfish Chowder in
  • Spray your crock pot with a nonstick spray
  • Start to drop in all your ingredients and turn on the crockpot on low
  • Mix everything and then add in the crawfish and butter combination in
  • Cook on low for about 4-6 hours and enjoy! This is amazing served in bread bowls or with saltine crackers, we personally prefer the oyster ones.


This can be halved if you want but trust me you want the leftovers. You can also change up the spices, and next time I am thinking about throwing in some bacon!


Serving: 20gCalories: 91kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 349mgPotassium: 300mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 108IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword Chowder, comfort food, crawfish, Crawfish Chowder, crockpot, slow cooker
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