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Question about crawfish

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

What would be your spices?
Would you go with crab boil or maybe Old Bay?
What else would you put in the boil?
Corn, potatoes or other types of meat maybe some sort of sausage?

post #2 of 14

You're talking for a crayfish boil?

 

Then yeah, crab or crab & shrimp boil is often use. Rather than Old Bay for this I prefer something like Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning.

 

Corn, new potatoes, anduille sasage would all be fine. If you really feel the need for additional protein, go with shell-on shrimp or small clams.

 

As a boil of this nature I'd figure on about three pounds of whole crayfish per person.

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post #3 of 14

Ditto all that KYH said.

 

I use Old Bay but am sure Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning would work too. Try adding small to medium whole onions. At least one per person (more is better)  They taste great!

 

post #4 of 14
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Sounds good the only thing about it is these are already cooked .... I can't seem to find them fresh around here and this is something my wife and son have never tried before although both are pretty willing to try new things for example my son was 9 and he tried beef tongue and he loved it .... also I can't make it spicy as both of them will not eat spicy food which is a real downer for me

post #5 of 14

Any of the crayfish I've been able to buy is cooked and frozen, and I haven't been able to catch my own yet. The stuff I have had is inedible, and apparently does crayfish no justice. Is there a season for crayfish where you can actually get them fresh in most places?

post #6 of 14

Prepare all ingredients except crayfish using Old Bay. It's easy to control the spiciness. Add  cooked crayfish after the other ingredients are cooked and ONLY long enough to heat through. Like shrimp, you don't want to overcook them. To get the true flavor of a crayfish boil only fresh will achieve that.

 

Try a Low Country Boil using fresh shrimp sometime.

post #7 of 14

Yes, Spring into Summer in Louisiana. I've not had a really good crawfish since living in LA. Their sweet, delicate flavor is sort of a mixture between lobster/shrimp/crab. Unlike anything else.

post #8 of 14

Add  cooked crayfish after the other ingredients are cooked and ONLY long enough to heat through.

 

And then only if you're bound and determined to approximate a great dish. For the true gelt you really need to use fresh ones.

 

As Carly says, however, a Low Country shrimp boil would make more sense this time of year.

 

Carly, I've never done with with onions, but it sounds like a good addition. Next time.....

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post #9 of 14
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OK reporting in THEY LOVED IT!!!!

 

I used about 2 quarts of water with about 3 TBLSPNS of Old Bay and a good pinch of salt, 6 medium potatoes in 1 inch pieces with 5 ears of corn halved.

Needless to say it was a hit and we're already talking about doing it again later this summer

One other thing ... what can I do with the left over "soup" the stuff tastes so good I hate the idea of throwing it out.


Edited by FoodHacker - 7/8/10 at 5:12pm
post #10 of 14

Try using it as the base of a soup, perhaps repeating the flavors with some seafood, diced potatoes, corn off the cobs, onions, etc.

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post #11 of 14
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sounds pretty good I was thinking along the same lines as well as using it in something like a ramen.noodle application.

post #12 of 14

I would suggest using it as a base for a cioppino. Another great seafood stew.

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post #13 of 14
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cool .. got any recipe ideas?

post #14 of 14

If you do it again, I would suggest adding some mashed garlic cloves and lemon slices to your boil.  This would be perfectly well-accepted in LA.

 

Mike

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