Keto Crawfish Boil

Keto Crawfish Boil

Is Crawfish Keto?

Can you make a keto crawfish boil? Yes, you can eat crawfish on the keto diet by changing a few ingredients. Since about 25% of your daily caloric intake can come from protein on the keto diet, it is okay to enjoy crawfish moderately.

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Crawfish tails are high in protein and low in fat. However, only 10% of your daily calories should come from carbohydrates on the keto diet. Fortunately, the meat from crawfish does not contain carbs.

The potatoes and corn contain carbs, so skip those or consume very little of these ingredients commonly found in a Crawfish Boil. Our low-carb crawfish recipe below contains suggestions for other ingredients to use instead.

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Use whole mushrooms instead of corn and potatoes because mushrooms are very low in carbohydrates. Another ingredient you can add to your Keto Crawfish Boil is onions. Yellow onions, like most onions, are very low in carbohydrates too.

Also, try using melted butter or keto-friendly cocktail sauce as a condiment. Butter is high in fat and has zero carbs.

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Side Dish For a Crawfish Boil

Best Side Dish For Crawfish Boil

Need to find some ideas for a side dish for a Crawfish Boil or what to serve with a Cajun Shrimp Boil? We suggest two classic Cajun dishes, Jambalaya or Red Beans and Rice. Shrimp or Crawfish Etouffee is another option. Also, many other side dishes for a Shrimp Boil also make great side dishes for a Crawfish Boil.

Keto Crawfish Boil Recipe

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
  • 2 Pounds of Whole White Mushrooms
  • 2 Yellow Onion Quartered
  • Season to taste with Zatarain’s Seasoning

Three or four pounds of live crawfish or one pound of frozen tails is a standard per person serving. Most of the meat is in the tails, this is why you need fewer pounds of tails.

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

Traditional Recipe

If you are planning a Crawfish Boil and you want to use live crawfish, there are two things you want to keep in mind. First, there is a season for harvesting crawfish, also called crayfish or crawdads in some areas. So make sure that live Crawfish is available when planning your event. For example, in Louisiana and Texas, Crawfish Season usually runs from December through July.

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Second, ensure that all your Crawfish are alive as they go into your cooker. Therefore, it is essential to cook only live Crawfish.

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Crawfish Boil Recipe Louisiana Style

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 used and not smoked sausage or Kielbasa, which are generally used in traditional shrimp boils. The reason crawfish boils are so closely associated with Louisiana and Texas is that most of the commercial harvesting takes place there.

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

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