Spicy Crawfish Calazone


No you didn’t fall off the wagon and hit your head- I really did say Crawfish Calazone! I figure if you can use seafood with pasta than by all means you should be able to use seafood with pizza dough, so I opted to stuff my homemade pizza dough with a tomato and basil based crawfish cream sauce and load it down with veggies, olives and cheese. I am sure after trying this all Italian lovers will agree this is hands down AMAZING!

Now the real reason behind this dish is the shear fact that my husband and I are going crazy for crawfish. Crawfish season could not get here any sooner and we are becoming very impatient. Any day now I can picture my husband coming home one weekend from Louisiana with his tailgate dragging along the road because it is stuffed to the brim with bags of crawfish. Did I show you his latest purchase?

Yep, a crawfish pot! Here’s the thing- we are from Louisiana but we live here in Texas, and no hard feelings fellow Texans but ya’ll just don’t do crawfish the way we do back home. We like our meat to soak up all the flavor by boiling them in a huge pot of seasonings whereas (in most places we have been to in Texas) the boiled crawfish is just boiled in crab boil and then toss in a huge pot of seasonings which coats the shells to no end. This can get ugly and messy when you have a group of hungry crawfish starved people all tearing away at the shells. However, everyone does things differently and crawfish is no exception, so here’s to all types of boiled crawfish!

I promise to give you a boiled crawfish recipe on this blog come April/May but for now all I have is an exceptional replacement called a Crawfish Calazone. It’s spicy, rich and comforting. Think Chunky Crawfish Etouffee stuffed inside a piece of bread. But not just any ordinary bread- sweet and delicate pizza dough! By all means feel free to use store-bought pizza dough but I truly have found that Tyler’s Ultimate Pizza Dough is the best out there and so easy to work with. Hope you enjoy!

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Spicy Crawfish Calazone


Pizza Dough: ( by Tyler Florence)

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups AP flour and more for dusting

Crawfish Filling:

  • 1 lb. frozen crawfish-thawed and drained
  • 15 ounces can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper each
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Slap your Mama cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp Spanish thyme
  • 8 ounces of fresh pitted olives
  • 1/2 cup monterry pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • Marinara sauce for topping ( I just used store-bought, I can’t do everything! LOL!)


First start off by making your filling so it can be cooling down while your make the pizza dough. Saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until tender-5 minutes. Add the crawfish and the crushed tomatoes. Mix in all of the seasonings including the bay leaves and bring to a simmer. Slowly stir in the heavy cream and simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water; stir gently to dissolve. Let the mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, about 5 to 10 minutes. Turn the mixer on low and add the salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the flour, a little at a time, mixing at the lowest speed until all the flour has been incorporated. When the dough starts to come together, increase the speed to medium; stop the machine periodically to scrape the dough off the hook. Get a feel for the dough by squeezing a small amount together: if it’s crumbly, add more water; if it’s sticky, add more flour – 1 tablespoon at a time. Mix until the dough gathers into a ball, this should take about 5 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over itself a few times; kneading until it’s smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a round and place in a lightly oiled bowl, turn it over to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm spot, about 1 hour. Once the dough is domed and spongy, turn it out onto a lightly floured counter and using a pastry knife or pizza cuter, cut dough into 4 equal circles.

Spoon 1/4 of the crawfish filling on one side of each circle and fold the unfilled side of the dough over the filling. Using the tines of a fork, press the edges of the dough together to seal. Drizzle with olive oil. Using a paring knife, cut a 1/2-inch wide slit in the top layer of the dough. Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown on top. Serve with remaining mozzarella and spoons of marinara sauce on top.



  1. NotimeforAnything

    I am missing my crawfish too! I just made your crawfish spaghetti last week and I meant to come by sooner and tell you how much we LOVED it but seeing this crawfish post I thought it was perfect timing. Just think happy thoughts until the crawfish start rolling in!

    07 . Mar . 2011
  2. daphne

    OH! Calazone! with crayfish as well. I love how u make this into a seafood this. Look at it! it’s oozing with goodness.

    07 . Mar . 2011
  3. Candace

    One of the things I am missing about Louisiana….

    If Johnny’s can make a Sweep the Swamp pizza so delish then I am quite sure your crawfish calzone is ah-mazing. I don’t think I can get crawfish in New England. Maybe I can cajun boil some lobstah. They are just overgrown crawfish anyway, aren’t they? 🙂

    07 . Mar . 2011
  4. Carole

    I’ve never had crawfish, but I love the idea of adding it to a calzone.

    07 . Mar . 2011
  5. Cherish @ Southern Soul Mates

    Yum!! I have got to try this! Love that crawfish pot 🙂

    07 . Mar . 2011
  6. SharleneT

    Ooooh! Fantastic! Love me some crawfish. But, unlike my niece, I cannot — CAN. NOT. — suck the heads… I’m a failure as an Auntie and will walk the halls of shame, forevermore. But, I do love the combination in a Calazone. Thanks for sharing and come visit when you can.

    07 . Mar . 2011
  7. Martha

    This sounds so good! I love it and so will my family

    07 . Mar . 2011
  8. SassyK

    I love how you just come up with this. I bet this would even be great just slapped ontop of bread

    07 . Mar . 2011
  9. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

    I’m literally drooling right now. ohmygod! This looks fantastic!!!!!! <3 I'm kind of sad I already committed to making tofu for dinner tonight. I want this instead!!!!

    07 . Mar . 2011
  10. Jen

    You had me at crayfish- at least that is what we call it! LOL!

    07 . Mar . 2011
  11. Shea

    You are so creative! This looks so good! I pretty much love anything in a calzone so I’m sold 🙂

    07 . Mar . 2011
  12. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    Such an interesting dish! I would love to try it!

    07 . Mar . 2011
  13. Danielle Holmes

    This looks amazing!! I love crawfish, I just don’t know where to get them here in Corpus. I definitely need to start investigating. I can’t wait to see your boil recipe in a few months. Seafood boils are the best!!

    07 . Mar . 2011
  14. Sara

    Well, I don’t cook, but I’d eat that!!

    07 . Mar . 2011
  15. Khara

    Haha, what a great idea!

    08 . Mar . 2011
  16. Kelli

    Wow that looks amazing! Yummy!

    08 . Mar . 2011
  17. erica@fashionmeetsfood

    One of my friends is from Nola and he actually made something very similar to this last night. I informed him that I hate fish…he didnt care, and it was actually really good.


    08 . Mar . 2011
  18. Mandi

    Girl this looks amazing! Is it bad that I’ve never had a crawfish and I’m from the south? Hmm…Ok, so what are the specs of the recipe challenge? E-mail me! Do we need to all do the same recipe or is it just something we want to try and haven’t before? Let me know!! I think it would be a lot of fun =)

    08 . Mar . 2011
  19. Kelly

    You never cease to amaze me! This sounds AMAZING and will be a must make for me!

    08 . Mar . 2011
  20. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls

    I’ve never had crawfish but now REALLY want to try it out! Looks divine!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

    08 . Mar . 2011
  21. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    Oooo! I love crawfish boils. Is that what they’re called? I went to one in a backyard and we ate a ton of crawfish and corn and other goodies on newspapers. It was fun. 🙂 Your calzone looks awesome!

    08 . Mar . 2011
  22. Torrie @ a place to share...

    Can you believe I’ve never had crawfish before?? I NEED to try it!! (the “Louisiana way” =)

    I hope your week is off to a great start, my friend! I’m a bit buried this month, and trying to stay afloat!

    08 . Mar . 2011
  23. Erica

    This looks like fun! I’ve never had crawfish! But I think mostly everything tastes great in a calzone 😉 Hope you’re doing well

    09 . Mar . 2011

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