This Louisiana Crawfish Boil recipe will teach you how to boil hot and spicy crawfish like a pro!
This Authentic Louisiana boil is easier than you think! If you’re willing to spend the time boiling your crawfish instead of buying them already cooked you could cook them the way you like, whether you want spicy or mild crawfish.
So, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a sack here’s the recipe for my MOST popular Louisiana Crawfish Boil for you to use for your 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 personally find that Louisiana Crawfish, Shrimp, & Crab Boil seasoning is the best crawfish boil seasoning.
I get a lot of migraines, and I have found Louisiana seasoning is one of the only ones that doesn’t cause me to get a migraine when I eat crawfish.
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 sausage, andouille, hot dogs, artichokes, bell peppers, onions, whole garlic, lemon, oranges, celery, pineapple, cauliflower, mushrooms, and broccoli too.
Also, I have seen people poke holes in cans of green beans and other veggies (paper removed) and put them into their boils.
A crawfish boil should be a fun event so just pick a few of your favorite ingredients to add to the boil to make it an easy crawfish boil, don’t stress, and enjoy!
My family’s fave is sausage lemon, garlic, onions, celery, bell peppers, and mushrooms.
Additionally, I have been asked several times what kind of sausage is best for the crawfish boil.
We prefer a firm rope type sausage like the kind from Rouses Supermarket or Manda Smoked Sausage.
Is it necessary to purge Crawfish?
Yes, it’s necessary to purge crawfish. Crawfish excrete waste through their gills so you need to purge them. This is IMPORTANT – Do NOT skip this step!!
Place the crawfish in a large container. We use a large ice chest with a top and place a board at the bottom under one side this helps the dirty water to drain.
See my video above. We soak the crawfish for 2-3 minutes, then rinse the crawfish many times until the water runs clear.
And believe me when you buy crawfish that aren’t pond raised you can taste the difference if you don’t purge the crawfish until they’re CLEANED thoroughly!
How to tell if Crawfish are bad?
If you find dead crawfish in your sack discard them. You can tell if the crawfish are dead by the tails being straight.
Also, sometimes if you take a head off of a cooked crawfish and its brown and dark looking it might be rotten. You might want to smell it before eating it.
How many pounds of Crawfish do you need per person?
Usually 3 pounds per person is good unless you invite a big eater to your crawfish boil party like my dad.
Personally, I can only eat 3 pounds by myself at one sitting. Not my dad, he can eat 10 pounds or more. No kidding!
And, honestly my family always buys a large sack to have leftover crawfish to pick and freeze for recipes like my Fried Soft Shell Crabs with Crawfish Sauce or my Pan-Fried Speckled Trout with Creamy Crawfish Sauce and my favorite Crawfish Pasta Salad.
Some facts about Crawfish
- Did you know it takes about 7 pounds of crawfish to yield 1 pound of peeled crawfish tail meat.
- Crawfish is a great source of protein.
- Crawfish is low in calories.
- Several nutrients can be found in Crawfish. Such as calcium, biotin, iron. niacin, phosphorus, selenium. Plus Vitamin B-12, B-6, and A.
Are you ready to try my crawfish boil recipe? First let me ask you a question. Have you heard of the Boil Boss?
It’s is a revolutionary cooling system designed to rapidly drop the temperature of your boil.
By connecting to any standard garden hose, the Boil Boss showers the outside of your pot with water, rapidly dropping the temperature of your boil to 150 degrees in as little as 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
A rapid reduction in temperature is the most crucial step in any boil. It not only stops the cooking process, but shocks the crawfish, forcing them to absorb as much juice as possible.
With it’s rotating brackets, the Boil Boss is adjustable and will fit a wide range of pot diameters.
Learn more about the Boil Boss. I think you’ll love this seafood boiling gadget.
- 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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