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Cajun Crawfish Dressing {A Southern Holiday Side Dish}

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Cajun Crawfish Dressing is a seafood cornbread dressing. This southern cornbread dressing recipe has Cajun flavor and of course crawfish! You are going to love this crawfish dressing for the holidays!

Cajun Crawfish Dressing


Dressing or Stuffing?

What do you call the side dish you serve with turkey. Is it stuffing or dressing? I always called it stuffing, but some call it dressing. What do you call it?

Dressing or stuffing? That was the question I asked on Facebook. I was told:

Stuffing is when stuffed into the turkey. Dressing is when it cooked outside of the turkey.

Growing up, we did the stuffing. But I was challenged to make cajun cornbread dressing. So a dressing recipe I must create!

Cajun Crawfish Dressing from Seduction in the Kitchen

Cajun Crawfish Dressing

So as I said, I was challenged to make a southern cornbread dressing recipe from Adam of The Unorthodox Epicure. In return, I challenged him to make a stuffing. He had me make from his neck the woods, a Cajun Crawfish Dressing.

Amish Potato Stuffing

I am a Western Pa girl. I also live in Ohio. What could I challenge him to do for a stuffing?
Then the answer came, an Amish recipe! Amish is in both Pa and Ohio. My challenge to him: Amish Potato Stuffing!
 Cajun Crawfish Dressing is a cornbread dressing with creole flavors and of course crawfish! This Southern specialty dressing was challenged for me to make from Adam of The Unorthodox Epicure.

Crawfish Recipes

One small problem I had with creating this cajun cornbread dressing. This is Ohio and crawfish recipes are not popular here.  Where do I find crawfish in North Western Ohio?
The answer was to use a substitute, shrimp. It is the closest crustacean for crawfish recipes I can use!

A Southern Holiday Side Dish

Seafood Cornbread Dressing

After a little research on this seafood cornbread dressing, I decided it is best to create my own version of this southern dressing recipe. I knew I needed Cajun seasoning for this crawfish cornbread dressing, so Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning my first choice to use.

Cajun Dressing Recipe

Creole recipes also need the triad: celery, onions, and peppers. This would not be a Cajun dressing recipe without that triad. After all the triad is the base of almost all Cajun recipes!

Cajun Crawfish Dressing

Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

So after some tinkering with this southern cornbread dressing recipe, I came up with a savory crawfish dressing with  Cajun flavors. The crawfish, or in my case shrimp, really makes this seafood cornbread dressing pop with extra flavor. It simply was good in my opinion.


So, Adam, I accept your challenge and created Cajun Crawfish Dressing! Thank you for challenging me and having me think outside the box for this crawfish cornbread dressing. I hope you enjoyed the challenge of creating Amish Stuffing!

Hey! I am first heading line feel free to change me

Cajun Crawfish Dressing2

Yield: 6 Servings

Cajun Crawfish Dressing


Cajun Crawfish Dressing is a cornbread dressing with creole flavors and of course crawfish! This Southern specialty dressing was challenged for me to make from Adam of The Unorthodox Epicure.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 lb small shrimp or crawfish cooked and chopped
  • 1 whole bell pepper chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 whole onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 TB Tony Chachere's Cajun seasoning
  • 4 cups cornbread croutons
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 TB butter


  1. In a saute pan, melt the butter and add the celery, onions, minced garlic, and peppers. Saute the vegetables until the onions start to turn translucent.
  2. Add the poultry seasoning to the vegetables and saute for 1 minute longer. Set aside
  3. In a large bowl, add the croutons.
  4. Next, add the sauteed vegetables, crawfish/shrimp, eggs, and broth.
  5. Season with Tony Chachere's.
  6. Mix well. The cornbread will soak up the juices. The mixture should be very wet.
  7. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes. Remove the foil and cook another 15 minutes to brown the top.
  8. Take it out the oven and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 596Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 311mgSodium: 2738mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 33g

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Friday 23rd of October 2020

I think in Louisiana it’s called trinity not triad. At least that’s what I knew it as. Sadly I’m in Illinois now so shrimp is what I will use.

Deanna Samaan

Sunday 25th of October 2020

I am now living in Florida, and I have learned that it is trinity as you said. I can now get the crawfish here, but could not in Cleveland. Now made with crawfish, it is slightly better, but shrimp is a good substitute!


Sunday 18th of November 2018

I love cajun anything and had never thought of putting it in my stuffing! Im looking forward to making this! Thanks!


Monday 19th of November 2018

I never did either until this blog challenge!!


Saturday 10th of February 2018

I am all about this!! I love that has Cajun in it!

Miz Helen

Monday 21st of November 2016

Thanks so much for linking up with Full Plate Thursday! We will have an early Thanksgiving Edition on 11-22 -16, hope to see you there! Wishing you a bountiful Thanksgiving! Miz Helen

Deanna Samaan

Sunday 27th of November 2016

Thank you!!

Adam J. Holland

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

Your dressing looks divine! (And I voted 'dressing!') :-)

Deanna Samaan

Saturday 19th of November 2016

Thank you so much and yours does too!!

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