Crawfish Boil

Crawfish Boil Recipe

crawfish boil recipe
Spicy Crawfish

If you are planning a Crawfish Boil there are two things you want to keep in mind. First, there is a season for harvesting crawfish, which are also referred to as crayfish or crawdads in some areas. So make sure that live crawfish are going to be available when planning your event. In Louisiana and Texas, Crawfish Season usually runs from December through July. Second, make sure that all your Crawfish are alive as they are going into your cooker. It is very important to cook only live crawfish.

Serves 6. Cook time: 40 to 45 minutes

  • 18 Pounds of Live Crawfish or 6 pounds of fresh or frozen tails
  • 2 Pounds of Andouille Sausage
  • 8 to 10 pieces of corn on the cob
  • 2 Pounds of Red Potatoes
  • 1 Yellow Onion Quartered

3 or 4 pounds of live crawfish or 1 pound of frozen tails is a standard per person serving. Most of the meat is in the tails, so this is why you need fewer pounds of tails.

Generally, you want to let the crawfish boil for about 15 minutes, then turn off the cooker and let them continue to cook in the hot water for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Crawfish Boil Recipe Louisiana style

Cajun Crawfish Boil

We recommend using Zatarain’s seasoning instead of Old Bay, since Zatarian’s is more of a Louisiana or Cajun spice blend. Also, Andouille sausage should be use and not smoked sausage or Kielbasa which are generally used in shrimp boils. The reason why crawfish boils are so closely associated with Louisiana and Texas, is because most of the commercial harvesting takes place there.

Dump your cooked crawfish boil on a table covered with newspaper, grabs some friends, cold beverages and enjoy!

If you are interested in more Cajun-style cooking please check out our recipe for Blackened Mahi Mahi or a Crab Boil. Also, you can watch videos on how to boil shrimp or how to steam fresh oysters.

Learn how to make cocktail sauce.

Can you eat Crawfish on the Keto Diet?

Yes, you can eat crawfish on the keto diet. Since about 25% of your daily caloric intake can come from protein on the keto diet it is okay to enjoy crawfish moderately. The tails are high in protein and low in fat. However, only about 5% of your daily calories should come from carbohydrates, so you should skip potatoes and corn.

How to clean Crawfish

How to clean crawfish. Place the live crawfish into a cooler or bus tub and cover them with cool water. Then drain the water. Repeat this 2 or 3 times and drain the water again. Remove and throw away all the dead crawfish you find.