August is upon us, and the summer heat is in full swing, this only means one thing in Sweden – it’s Crayfish Party Time! An annual excuse that sees Swedes band together for a bountiful Crayfish, Schnapps and a selection of silly songs fest.

Traditionally crayfish are boiled whole and served with bread and strong cheeses, I would assume dill would be amongst the condiments too. A whole crayfish can be a little pricey and difficult to find outside of Sweden, so here’s a little recipe that puts a twist on the tradition.

Creamy Crayfish Pasta

August 1, 2017
: 2
: Easy


  • 150g Penne Pasta
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Conflour
  • 4 tbsp White Wine
  • 180ml Crème Fraîche
  • 1 Lemon (finely grated zest)
  • 150g Crayfish Tails
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Dill (chopped)
  • Salt and Pepper (seasoning)
  • Step 1 Put the pasta into a pan of boiling water and cook according to the instructions on the packet and set aside.
  • Step 2 Meanwhile, fry the sliced onion gently in butter for 5 minutes until softened.
  • Step 3 Add the cornflour and stir thoroughly. Then gradually mix in the wine and crème fraîche and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  • Step 4 Add the juice of half of the lemon plus salt and pepper. Add more lemon juice and seasoning if needed.
  • Step 5 Stir in the crayfish tails and finely chopped dill. Pour most of the mixture into the saucepan of pasta and stir thoroughly.
  • Step 6 Serve individual pasta dishes topped with the remaining crayfish, lemon zest, sprigs of dill and lemon wedges.
  • Step 7 Enjoy with a nice crisp salad topped with sliced radishes, a popular addition to salads in Sweden.


Jamie Carter

Jamie Carter | @mrjamiecarter

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