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Crawfish Boil

February 11, 2021 (Last Updated: May 13, 2021)

Many in Louisiana don’t think twice about making a Crawfish Boil. The process can be intimidating for some folks when it’s the first time making Crawfish. With the correct instructions and proper planning, the most amateur cook can conquer this crawfish recipe. Once you have an idea of what you’re doing, boiling Crawfish is easy peasy.

 

 

Crawfish Boil

 

BEFORE YOU GET STARTED ON THE CRAWFISH BOIL

Make a list and gather the equipment and ingredients below. Be sure to check the items off your list before getting started on the crawfish boil.

 

LIVE CRAWFISH

Make sure to purchase your Crawfish live right before you plan to do the boil for the best-tasting Crawfish. Visit your local fish markets, and be sure to ask if they have live Crawfish in stock. If they are selling frozen, they have already been cooked. You are looking for fresh.

 

SUPPLY ENOUGH CRAWFISH FOR GUESTS

As a general rule, you will need about 4-5 pounds of live Crawfish per person if you do not serve any other proteins with the meal. There’s no more significant embarrassment as a host than not having enough Crawfish for everyone.

 

GET YOUR POTS READY FOR THE CRAWFISH BOIL

You will need a pot size that holds at least two quarts of liquid for every pound of live Crawfish you will be boiling. You will also want to have a gas or propane burner large enough to hold your pot of choice, filled propane tanks, and a cooler large sufficient to maintain your Crawfish.

 

CLEAN THE CRAWFISH PROPERLY

Clean the Crawfish thoroughly by rinsing them in fresh cool tap water. If you need a container large enough to flush the Crawfish in, that’s where your cooler and an outside water source with a hose come into place.

 

DON’T FORGET THE SEASONING FOR THE CRAWFISH BOIL

A crawfish boil refers to the seasoning used in the boil. I prefer to use Slap Ya Mama Seafood Boil Seasoning. It’s packed with the perfect amount of spices to use in a crawfish boil.

 

 

 

Crawfish BoilThe season for  Crawfish runs about half the year. Crawfish are the most significant and the best around March and April when the Crawfish have had plenty of time to bulk up. The remaining months of the year can bring in equally large crawfish if the weather is favorable.

 

 

Crawfish Boil

 

 

VARIATIONS OF THE CRAWFISH BOIL

  • Add fresh garlic, lemon, and some vegetables like small red potatoes, corn on the cob, and onions into the seasoned, boiling water after cooking the Crawfish.
  • Add some extra kick to the Crawfish boil by adding extra seasoning and your favorite hot peppers to kick it up a notch for those that like some excess heat.

 

 

 

Crawfish Boil

 

 

 

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT FOR CRAWFISH BOIL

  • Large enough pot to hold 2-quarts of liquid for every pound of crawfish.
  • Large Propane burner. It must be large enough to hold the pot you are using.
  • Full propane tank.
  • Large cooler to hold crawfish
  • Webbed ladle to remove crawfish from water.

 

 

 

GROCERY LIST FOR CRAWFISH BOIL

  • Live Crawfish
  • Crawfish Boil Seasoning
  • Bay Leaves
  • Thyme
  • Lemon
  •  *See the suggested ingredients* 

 

 

 

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS 

  • Small red potatoes – This should be done separately from crawfish
  • Corn on the cob – This should be done separately from crawfish
  • Onions – This should be done separately from crawfish
  • Hot peppers – This should be done separately from crawfish

 

 

 

TO SERVE THE CRAWFISH BOIL

  • Lemon slices
  • Unsalted butter
  • Hot Sauce

 

 

Crawfish Boil

Crawfish Boil

hmccallum
With the correct instructions and proper planning, the most amateur cook can conquer this crawfish recipe. Once you have an idea of what you’re doing, boiling Crawfish is easy peasy.
4.89 from 17 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
To Boil Water 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 3 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 1024 kcal

Equipment

  • Large pot
  • Large Propane burner
  • Full propane tank.
  • Ladle
  • Large cooler

Ingredients
  

  • 30 pounds Live Crawfish 5 pounds per person
  • 60 quarts water boiling
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 10 thyme sprigs
  • 4 large lemons halved
  • 2 pounds Cajun seafood Boil Slap Ya Mama Boil

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS 

  • 3 pounds small red potatoes
  • 6 ears corn on the cob
  • 3 large onions halved
  • 6 hot peppers

TO SERVE THE CRAWFISH BOIL

  • 3 lemons sliced
  • unsalted butter melted
  • hot sauce to taste

Instructions
 

  • Fill the pot halfway with water, just enough to cover the Crawfish you will be adding.
  • Light the burner and wait for the water to begin boiling.
  • Add the live Crawfish, bay leaves, sprigs of thyme, and lemon once the water is rapidly boiling, then cover them with a tight-fitting lid. Wait for the water to return back to a full boil.
  • Boil the crawfish for no more than 3 minutes. They continue to cook as you remove them. Add a one-pound bag of Seafood Boil per every 15 pounds crawfish at this time, and make sure to stir to combine.
  • Remove the Crawfish and place them in a clean cooler. Add extra Crawfish spice if desired. Close your cooler and shake it to thoroughly mix everything.
  • Keep the cooler closed for around 15 minutes and let the flavors mix together.
  • Serve immediately. 

Notes

If you plan on using any of the optional variations, please read the entire blog post before proceeding with the Crawfish Boil.
 
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Nutrition

Calories: 1024kcalCarbohydrates: 175gProtein: 73gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 373mgSodium: 842mgPotassium: 3396mgFiber: 28gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 4843IUVitamin C: 185mgCalcium: 2017mgIron: 60mg
Keyword Crayfish
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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Toni
    February 15, 2021 at 11:39 am

    My family really loved the crawfish Boil! Thank you so much for the recipe and great instructions!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 19, 2021 at 9:09 am

      Thank you, Toni! Glad you enjoyed the recipe, and the instructions were easy to follow for you.

  • Reply
    Pam
    February 15, 2021 at 11:19 am

    This was a perfect idea for an outdoor, socially distant get-together! Saving to make again!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 19, 2021 at 10:56 am

      Thank you, Pam! They are wonderful to share with friends and still be socially distant during these times.

  • Reply
    Beth Sachs
    February 15, 2021 at 10:59 am

    What Great tips on boiling crawfish. They were juicy and succulent, tasting. The family really enjoyed them! Glad we gave this recipe a try!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 19, 2021 at 10:57 am

      Thank you, Beth! Great tips make things so much easier. I’m always glad to share.

  • Reply
    Amanda Wren-Grimwood
    February 15, 2021 at 10:18 am

    So many great tips to make this properly. I couldn’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe we will be making it again!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 19, 2021 at 10:57 am

      That’s awesome, Amanda! Thanks for sharing feedback!

  • Reply
    Jen
    February 15, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Thank you for all the instructions! I never would’ve felt comfortable trying this without all of your help.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 19, 2021 at 10:58 am

      Thank you, Jen. You are soooo welcome! Glad to be of help.

  • Reply
    Cathleen
    February 12, 2021 at 10:05 am

    The “Grocery list” and “suggested equipment” in this post was beneficial. This is so new to me that otherwise, I would have felt lost, making this crawfish boil, so thank you for that!! 🙂 Saving to make again.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 19, 2021 at 10:59 am

      Glad to be of help, Cathleen! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Reply
    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    February 12, 2021 at 9:47 am

    I was super excited to try this recipe and Can’t wait to make this for our friends, and I know it will be a hit with them!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 19, 2021 at 10:59 am

      Thank you! I hope they enjoy it Shadi!

  • Reply
    Beth
    February 12, 2021 at 9:33 am

    My daughter and I loved this crawfish boil recipe! I was oo excited to give this a try for Mardi Gras! It was so tasty and delicious!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 19, 2021 at 11:00 am

      That wonderful to hear Beth!!! Thank you.

  • Reply
    Alison
    February 12, 2021 at 9:17 am

    This was so fresh and delicious tasting! Great tips on how to broil crawfish! I will never buy the frozen ones again after using live crawfish!!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 19, 2021 at 11:01 am

      I so agree, Alison those frozen ones aren’t the greatest. They always taste soggy to me.

  • Reply
    Jess
    February 12, 2021 at 8:53 am

    I have always been intimidated to make crawfish, but your step-by-step directions made me feel way more confident when I made this recipe! It turned out fantastic.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 19, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Thank you, Jess, for the feedback!!!

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