Crayfish And Mushroom Pasta

This recipe for crayfish and mushroom pasta is one that I make often.

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If you take a look at the photograph of me that I used for Project Food Blog, you will see I am sitting on the boat, with a bucket of crayfish. The week after we got married, Dave and I were given ‘work’ to do. This consisted of going out with Nico crayfishing. You have to have a crew of 5 people in order to bring back 20 crayfish and as the journey is an hour there and back, not having a full crew on board is a waste. It was years since I had been on a ski boat, and the time previous to that I was 13, trying to ski, and ended up ‘flashing’ the boys I was trying to impress. Needless to say, this time was far more enjoyable. We went out from Gordons Bay harbour to Rooiels and caught our quota of these creatures that walk all over your feet. I actually had to brave up to touch them. But, this first trip started my love affair with the need for the sea, and the delectable creatures we catch.

Crayfish And Mushroom Pasta
Crayfish And Mushroom Pasta
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Crayfish And Mushroom Pasta

Recipe Category: Italian
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 4 rashers back bacon, sliced
  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 125 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 45 mls crème fraîche
  • 2 crayfish tails, steamed, taken out of the shell and cut into chunks
  • 1 small handful fresh tarragon, leaves picked and chopped


  • while you are cooking your pasta -
  • fry the bacon until crispy and remove from the pan
  • add the oil and sauté the onions
  • add the mushrooms and cook until soft
  • add the crème fraîche and the crayfish
  • sprinkle over the tarragon
  • toss the pasta through the sauce and serve

this is my first entry to: Presto Pasta Nights
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33 thoughts on “Crayfish And Mushroom Pasta

  1. Oh what a joyous celebration of the jewels of the sea Tandy. There is nothing i enjoy more than that delicate sweet taste and the meaty texture of our crusty pink friends!!! Beautiful recipe xxxx jan

  2. What a great post. I love crayfish and admit that I haven’t had any since I visited New Orleans years ago. Now I understand why they are so hard to come by. Thanks for sharing the article and the pasta with Presto Pasta Nights. Welcome to the 4th birthday party! See you on the roundup on Friday.

    1. Crawfish are smaller and fresh water whereas crayfish are similar to lobster, but without the big front claws 🙂

  3. Nice way of opening the post, I like it 🙂
    The pasta looks very delish, but I’m quite happy with crayfish straight off the coals 😉

    1. nothing beats that taste of freshly grilled crayfish 🙂 The opening is part of my ‘lesson learnt’ in the writing course which I am hoping to get better at 🙂

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  5. wow, this looks extravagant. I dropped in from presto pasta nights because this looks SO GOOD!

  6. Hi, dropped in from Ruth’s blog to say that your dish looks soo yummy !!! I never heard of cray fish before, have to try soon! Stay in touch 🙂

    1. Thanks for the visit – crayfish in South Africa are the same as lobster except they do not have the same big front claws. Have a great day 🙂

    1. Thanks. I used Lavenders as my theme for my wedding, and lime essential oil is my favourite, so that is how I got the name 🙂

  7. I guess what we had for supper last week was crayfish to you, or what we call Pacific lobster or spiny lobster. Very good though.

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