Crayfish on the Braai

Crayfish on the braai with flavour-spiked butters is a great way to step up your braai game. Crayfish meat grills beautifully, and its natural richness just gets better when drenched in butter. A delicious summer treat when enjoyed with Elgin Vintners Chardonnay.


• 4 whole crayfish or 8 tails (allow 2 per person)
• 250g butter, melted
• 2 anchovies, mixed with
• handful black olives, chopped
• handful fresh mixed soft herbs (mint, basil and parsley)
• 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
• large pinch saffron
• large pinch chilli flakes/fresh chilli, sliced


Heat the braai or a griddle pan to a medium heat. Halve the whole crayfish or crayfish tails lengthways and remove the veins. Rinse under cold water and pat dry. Brush each crayfish or tail with a little melted butter. Divide the remaining butter into 3 separate ramekins.

Add the anchovies and olives to 1 ramekin, the herbs and garlic to another, and the saffron and chilli to the remaining ramekin. Mix and allow the butters to stand for a short while for the flavours to infuse (keep in a warm spot so they don’t solidify).

Grill the whole crayfish or tails on the braai or in the griddle pan, 5 – 6 minutes. Serve immediately and drizzle with the butters.

Enjoy with generous pours of Elgin Vintners Chardonnay.