Cajun Crawfish Stir-Fry

Cajun Crawfish Stir-Fry

Cajun Crawfish Stir-Fry

(courtesy of Alex Downing, chef de cuisine, The Club at Rancharrah in Reno. Serves 4)

¼ cup green bell pepper, minced
¼ cup celery, minced
½ cup onion, minced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 pound live crawfish
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
½ cup chicken stock or beer
Salt and pepper, to taste
Louisiana hot sauce, to taste
Cornstarch slurry, to thicken (combine equal parts cornstarch and cold water until smooth)
Garnish: Green onions and crispy fried garlic

Heat a large wok on high until near smoking, then coat with oil. Add bell pepper, onion, and celery, and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add crawfish and Cajun seasoning and toss until homogenous. Add chicken stock (or beer) and cover. Steam about 5 minutes and uncover. Add seasoning, hot sauce, and cornstarch slurry. Sauté until sauce thickens and crawfish look glossy. Transfer to plate, and garnish with scallions and fried garlic (found at any Asian grocery store).

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