If your willing to spend the time boiling your crustaceans instead of buying them already cooked you could cook them the way you like, whether you want spicy or mild crawfish.
If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a sack here’s a recipe for Louisiana Crawfish Boil.
How to Eat Crawfish
A little lesson first how to eat these delicious, messy mud bugs. Twist off the tail and suck the head!
This is literally where you get all the delicious spice that was cooked into the crawfish.
Next, bite the meat of the tail, squeeze from the bottom, and you’ve successfully eaten crawfish. Always have your paper towels handy and wear your old clothes or a bib.
Make sure you have your beverage near you, too. These delicious boiled crawfish tend to be spicy!
If you like your crawfish a bit more spicer sprinkle cajun seasoning over them once you have some on your tray. We use Louisiana Cajun seasoning, and sometimes Zatarain’s.
Additionally, you could use your favorite crawfish boil seasoning for boiling the crawfish. There’re many excellent seafood boil seasonings out on the market.
We used Louisiana Crawfish, Shrimp, & Crab Boil seasoning this time. Occasionally, we use it in our shrimp boil recipe too.
What do you add to your Crawfish Boil?
Honestly, you can add anything you like to your crawfish boil. Being from New Orleans, I know many families have their unique way of boiling Crawfish.
My family sometimes add andouille, hot dogs, artichokes, bell peppers, celery, pineapple, cauliflower, and broccoli too.
Also, I have seen people poke holes in cans of vegetables (paper removed) and put them into their boils.
A crawfish boil should be a fun event so just do an easy crawfish boil, don’t stress, and enjoy!
Check out my video below to see how we boiled our crawfish.Print
- 6 gallons of water
- 1– 12 oz bottle of liquid crab boil
- 1/2 container of salt or more (salt to your liking)
- 1 large bag of powdered Crawfish, Shrimp & Crab Boil or 4– 16 oz. bags
- 25 – 28 lbs of live Crawfish
- 8 lemons, cut in half
- 6 onions, cut in half
- 6 heads of garlic
- 2 containers of mushrooms
- 3 pounds of sausage,cut into thirds
- 1 bag small red potatoes
- 8–12 ears of corn
- 1 bunch of celery, cut in pieces or whole
- 4 Bell Peppers, cut in half
- Optional: Cajun Seasoning to sprinkle over boiled crawfish
- In a large container or ice chest rinse your live crawfish off and soak them for 2 or 3 minutes, drain and repeat until the water runs clear.
- Pour 6 gallons of water into a boiling pot with a strainer basket. Add 1- 12 oz bottle of liquid crab boil, 1/2 container of salt, and 4 smalls bags or 1 large bag of powdered Crawfish, Shrimp & Crab Boil to the pot until boiling. Note- we use 4 16 oz. bags of seasoning for 25 lbs of crawfish. For a whole sack of crawfish 30-40 lbs use the entire large bag (4.5 lb ) and a 16 oz. bag of Louisiana Crawfish Shrimp & Crab Boil Seasoning and one container salt. You may want to add more vegetables if you’re cooking a whole sack of crawfish. Also, look for bags of small red potatoes in the netted bags and throw the whole bag into the pot.
- Add lemons, onions, garlic, bell peppers, and two containers of mushrooms. Bring to a boil for 7 minutes.
- Add sausage, celery, potatoes, corn on the cob (fresh or if frozen make sure corn’s defrosted) Cook on a low boil for 15 minutes then return to a full boil, next add the crawfish.
- Once you add the Crawfish to the boiling water, return the water to a boil. Cook for 7 to 8 minutes.
- Immediately after you turn the pot off add 1-2 bags of ice, let the crawfish soak for 15 minutes. After the crawfish soaks, remove the crawfish pulling the basket strainer out and pour onto a table layered with newspaper and dig in!
We used 2 bags of ice. This recipe was updated on 3/8/2019
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: Cajun
I hope you enjoy my recipe for Louisiana Crawfish Boil. Check out my Louisiana Crab Boil Recipe.
And, you might also like my recipe for Spicy Cajun Shrimp Boil. Have you ever eaten crawfish from Louisiana?
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