Crawfish Monica

Crwafish Monica on a white plate with green salad and french bread

Crawfish Monica, the most popular dish at the New Orleans Jazz Festival-succulent crawfish tails cooked in rich and spicy cream sauce, then tossed with pasta. It’s great with Rotini or Fusilli pasta but also goes well with Fettuccine or Farfalle. This is Sweet Daddy D’s version of the dish created in the early-1980’s which became a New Orleans classic in a short period of time. 

Crwafish Monica on a white plate with green salad and french bread
Crawfish Monica
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Crawfish Monica is succulent crawfish tails cooked in spices and a rich cream sauce then tossed with pasta. This is the most popular dish at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Great with Rotini or Fusilli pasta but also goes well with Fettuccine or Farfalle. This dish was created in the early-1980's and has become a New Orleans classic in a short period of time. Try it with some warm and crispy french bread and a nice green salad.
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 10 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
30 Minutes 588
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 10 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
30 Minutes 588
Crwafish Monica on a white plate with green salad and french bread
Crawfish Monica
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Crawfish Monica is succulent crawfish tails cooked in spices and a rich cream sauce then tossed with pasta. This is the most popular dish at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Great with Rotini or Fusilli pasta but also goes well with Fettuccine or Farfalle. This dish was created in the early-1980's and has become a New Orleans classic in a short period of time. Try it with some warm and crispy french bread and a nice green salad.
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 10 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
30 Minutes 588
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 10 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
30 Minutes 588
Here's What You Need
Here's What You Do
  1. Cook the pasta to al denté according to the package direction.
  2. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water before you drain the pasta. Drain but do not rinse, return the pasta to the pot, add the cooking liquid and about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix well. Set aside, covered to keep warm.
  3. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter over medium high heat until frothy.
  4. Add the yellow onions and saute until soft, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic and continue to saute until aromatic, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the creole seasoning and cayenne (if using) and stir well. Saute another two or three minutes.
  7. Add the wine, bring to a heavy simmer and allow the wine to evaporate almost completely.
  8. Add the cream and lemon juice, stirring and shaking the pan until well blended.
  9. Simmer on low for a few minutes until it begins to slightly thicken.
  10. Add the crawfish tails a few at a time and stir well to blend completely.
  11. Allow the crawfish tails to only warm through, then add the green onions and parsley.
  12. Mix well and simmer about two minutes.
  13. Add in the cooked pasta a little at a time. Stir completely until all the pasta is coated with the sauce and the crawfish are distributed throughout. You may not use all the pasta because you want it to be creamy with a good coating of sauce over all the pasta.
  14. Stir in about 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese and mix well.
  15. Remove from the heat. When serving, sprinkle more parmesan cheese on top.
Recipe Notes

Great with Rotini or Fusilli pasta but also goes well with Fettuccine or Farfalle.

Louisiana Crawfish tails are the very best because they contain some sweet crawfish "fat" which adds a great depth of flavor. You can usually find them frozen at the seafood market or better grocery stores or online at Amazon.  If you have to use imported crawfish tails, I strongly suggest rinsing them before using. Often the imported crawfish will be slightly bitter unless rinsed.

Nutrition Facts
Crawfish Monica
Amount Per Serving
Calories 588 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43g 66%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 279mg 93%
Sodium 627mg 26%
Potassium 168mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 46%
Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 24%
Iron 27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Meyer Lemon Sauce Recipe

Sliced pork tenderloin with meyer lemon sauce and sprig of fresh rosemary

This special citrus originated in China in the early 1900s and is named for the U. S. Department of Agriculture adventurer who brought them, as well as many other “plants of economic value for the USDA”  to the United States,  Frank N Meyer.  Among those other valuable plants was the soy bean.  How odd to have a lemon named after you, but that doesn’t begin to tell the strange and interesting story of this adventurer and lover of plants who lived an extraordinary life and met a mysterious death.

The Meyer Lemon is basically a cross between regular lemons (Eurejka or Lisbon) and Mandarin Oranges.  They posses the strengths of both parents-the tartness of a lemon with a sweet undertone of the Mandarin orange.  Thinner skinned than other lemons, their rounder fruit ripens on the tree. Juicy and floral, the Meyer lemon finds itself in many recipes.

Meyer Lemons sliced in half
Meyer Lemon Sauce
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If you like lemon flavor, you are in for a treat. This sauce, made with Meyer Lemons, has a citrus profile with a subtle sweetness in the background. Flavored with butter, garlic, white wine and fresh rosemary, this sauce is great on pork, chicken, fish or just about anything you can think about.
Servings Prep Time
40 Tablespoons 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Hour 25
Servings Prep Time
40 Tablespoons 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Hour 25
Meyer Lemons sliced in half
Meyer Lemon Sauce
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If you like lemon flavor, you are in for a treat. This sauce, made with Meyer Lemons, has a citrus profile with a subtle sweetness in the background. Flavored with butter, garlic, white wine and fresh rosemary, this sauce is great on pork, chicken, fish or just about anything you can think about.
Servings Prep Time
40 Tablespoons 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Hour 25
Servings Prep Time
40 Tablespoons 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
20 Hour 25
Here's What You Need
Here's What You Do
  1. In a cast iron skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over a medium heat, then add the shallots and crushed garlic.
  2. Saute until the shallots are starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the flour and stir or whisk together until a light roux develops.
  4. Add the lemon zest, lemon slices and some kosher salt and pepper. Let the slices have direct contact with the bottom of the pan so they get a slight sear for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add in the Lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, wine, stock and fresh rosemary, stir then increase the heat until starting to simmer.
  6. Add the 2 remaining tablespoons of butter and shake the pan while that melts.
  7. Continue to shake the pan while the butter melts and the sauce thickens slightly-about 5 to 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from the heat, remove the lemon slices and rosemary and ladle on top of sliced pork, chicken, veal or fish.
Recipe Notes

If you don't have Meyer lemons you can substitute 3 tablespoons of lemon juice plus 1 tablespoon of mandarin (or any other sweet orange) for the juice. The zest and slices of regular lemons or oranges will work fine.

 

Nutrition Facts
Meyer Lemon Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 25 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Potassium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 0.1g
Protein 0.2g 0%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 0.1%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Meyer Lemon Sauce

Sliced pork tenderloin with meyer lemon sauce and sprig of fresh rosemary

Meyer lemons are a cross between regular lemons and mandarin oranges. This combination creates a very special fruit…still has that distinct lemony flavor but with a background of  sweetness from the orange. Suited for the Louisiana climate, Meyer lemons are juicy and add a distinct but understated flavor to any dish.  Pork tenderloin’s mild flavor is perfectly suited for this delicious Meyer lemon sauce flavored with butter, wine, garlic and fresh rosemary.

Sliced pork tenderloin with meyer lemon sauce and sprig of fresh rosemary
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Meyer Lemon Sauce
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If you like lemon flavor, you are in for a treat. This sauce, made with Meyer Lemons, has a citrus profile with a subtle sweetness in the background. Flavored with butter, garlic, white wine and fresh rosemary, it's great on pork, chicken, fish or just about anything you can think about. This recipe marinates a pork tenderloin with a smoky garlicky citrus-ey spice rub. When you add the sauce to the roasted tenderloin, watch out!
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 362
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 362
Sliced pork tenderloin with meyer lemon sauce and sprig of fresh rosemary
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Meyer Lemon Sauce
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Rating: 5
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If you like lemon flavor, you are in for a treat. This sauce, made with Meyer Lemons, has a citrus profile with a subtle sweetness in the background. Flavored with butter, garlic, white wine and fresh rosemary, it's great on pork, chicken, fish or just about anything you can think about. This recipe marinates a pork tenderloin with a smoky garlicky citrus-ey spice rub. When you add the sauce to the roasted tenderloin, watch out!
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 362
Servings Prep Time
8 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time Calories per Serving
1 Hour 362
Here's What You Need
For the Rub
For the Sauce
Here's What You Do
  1. Mix all ingredients for the rub together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Trim any loose parts off tenderloin and remove the silver skin.
  3. Rub olive oil all over the tenderloins then apply the rub liberally on all sides. Allow the rubbed tenderloins to sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Align both halves of the tenderloin so the thin end of one is matched with the thick end of the other.
  5. Lay Meyer lemon slices on top of the paired tenderloin and tie them together with the butcher twine-make sure the lemon slices are under the twine.
  6. Brush some olive oil on the lemon slices.
  7. In a heavy bottom cast iron skillet, sear the tied pork tenderloin over medium high heat on all sides, starting with the lemon slices first.
  8. Once seared, add about ½ cup of dry white wine to the pan then transfer the cast iron pan into the 425 degree oven and roast for about 30 minutes, until the internal temperature reads about 145-150 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
  9. Remove from the oven and place the pork tenderloin on a cutting board to rest. Loosely tent aluminum foil over it and allow the pork to rest while you prepare the sauce.
  10. If necessary, deglaze the cast iron pan with some water to remove any burned morsels on the bottom and wipe out with a paper towel.
  11. Using the same cast iron skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over a medium heat, then add the shallots and crushed garlic.
  12. Saute until the shallots are starting to soften, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  13. Add the flour and stir or whisk together until a light roux develops.
  14. Add the lemon zest, lemon slices and some kosher salt and pepper. Let the lemon slices have direct contact with the bottom of the pan so they get a slight sear for a couple of minutes.
  15. Add in the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, wine, stock and fresh rosemary and increase the heat until starting to simmer.
  16. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Add the 2 remaining tablespoons of butter and shake the pan while that melts-simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes while the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat.
  17. Snip off the butcher twine and slice the pork tenderloin on the bias. Remove the lemon peels and rosemary from the sauce and spoon over the sliced pork.
Recipe Notes

If you don't have Meyer lemons you can substitute 3 tablespoons of lemon juice plus 1 tablespoon of mandarin orange juice (or any other sweet orange) for the Meyer Lemon juice. The zest and slices of regular lemon or oranges will work fine.

When mixing the rub, try to use no-salt lemon-pepper mix. If you can't find that, cut back or eliminate the extra salt.

I do not recommend purchasing the pre-marinated pork tenderloins that are available in the meat department.  First, they are generally high in sodium content and secondly, you want to control the flavor profile of your dish.

Nutrition Facts
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Meyer Lemon Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 630mg 26%
Potassium 726mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 46%
Vitamin C 17%
Calcium 6%
Iron 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.