Crayfish Tails in Tomato Sauce

Crayfish Tails in Tomato Sauce

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total: 30 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

Crayfish resemble small lobster and have succulent and meaty tails. Enjoy them in this Italian-inspired dish smothered in a delicious red sauce made with fresh herbs.


  • 4 crayfish tails, peeled and deveined, rinsed and patted dry
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 14 ounce can Italian tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, coriander, dill and chives)
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Place the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once it begins to shimmer, add the crayfish tails and sauté for about 3 minutes. Transfer the tails to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add the onions to the hot pan, sauté for 5 minutes over medium heat, and then add the garlic, tomatoes, half of the herbs and the bay leaf; bring the mixture to a simmer and then cook for 5 minutes. Return the crayfish tails to the pan, cover and cook over medium-low heat for an additional 6 minutes.
  3. Add a few pinches of salt and pepper to the mixture and then sprinkle with the remaining herbs; serve immediately.

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